Comparison between the Popular VMware and Virtualbox

Virtualization is an emerging technology that has gained popularity in a short period of time in IT. Virtualization means running the different operating systems as virtual machines for different purposes. It can be used both for business education and house use. Virtualization helps individuals, offices, and others in the following ways:

  • By making use of virtualization, you can run programs that require an old operating system on a device with a new operating system.
  • Virtualization enables you to check your software on a variety of operating systems on a single device. You no more need numerous devices for this purpose.
  • It helps reduce the workload.
  • It helps in minimizing the expenses and produce efficient results.
  • Virtualization helps you equally distribute resources among devices(Virtual machines).

The popularity of virtualization is increased to an extent that almost 80 percent of the people are shifting their workload to virtualization. There are so many virtualization tools available in the market.

But among all, VMware and Virtual box are the most popular ones. No doubt that both these tools are perfect at their places, so comparing them will never be an easy job to do.

Let us have a look at the comprehensive comparison of both the tools.


The virtualization tools are now used almost in every office, Institute, and home for different purposes. Professionals are curious to know the technical details about the two popular civilization tools that are VMware and Virtual box. Both of these virtualization tools are known to the world as a whole package.

VMware is known as a tool that performs multiple functions including creating a private cloud, managing multiple devices, virtualization, and protecting endpoints. If we look at the history of the virtualization concept, VMware begins the first virtualization of the x86 architecture.

Similarly, Virtualbox is another virtualization tool by Oracle. The virtual box was sold in 2010 by Sun Systems. Oracle then launched this tool in comparison with VMware. The user can easily use this open-source tool on different X86 architecture platforms.

All the features of the Virtual box are easily accessible except the core product. You can buy the license if you want to make use of the core product on multiple devices for commercial use.

VMware vs. Virtual Box

Talking about VMware, it is used for desktop virtualization and offers various useful features. It is available in two editions one is Player and the other one is Pro.

The Player edition is available for the users free of cost. But you cannot utilize it for commercial use. The player edition of VMware doesn’t let you run multiple VMs at a particular time, does not allow the creation of encrypted Vms and their sharing.

In order to use the player edition commercially, you can buy the paid license and support. On the other hand, you can use the Pro edition of VMware after buying the license. Although the trial period is free.

Let us have a look at the basic features that VMware offer to users:

  • It enables the sharing of files between host and guest.
  • VMware supports USB cards.
  • It supports USB 3.0.
  • It offers the user with the popular snapshot feature.
  • It allows integration with different servers including vSphere.
  • You can also integrate Cloud Air using VMware.
  • It provides the user with 3d graphics and also provides support for DX10 and OpenGL 3.3 support.

This is not all, else then these basic features VMware have much more for the user. These features are very convenient and advanced. Some examples of these features are given below:

  • VMware does not require any extra setting for networking and printing. You can easily connect to the servers and similar devices.
  • If you want to create the same VM more than one time, we facilitate you by letting you create a linked clone for it. 

Talking about Virtual Box, it is an open-source tool. Its core product open-source package is free. It can be accessible by the user after having the free GUI license. Similarly, under the PUEl the proprietary package is free. The features Virtual box offers is much similar to the VMware but with some additional features.

Let have a look at them:

  • It can be installed on different platforms including desktop, Mac, Linux, etc.
  • The virtual box offers interaction through the command line.
  • It offers you the facility of exchange disk with VMware.
  • You can capture VM video through the use of a Virtual box.
  • It offers the user with the popular snapshot feature.
  • Users can share files and clipboards with each other.
  • The extension package of Virtual Box supports USB 2.0 and 3.0.
  • It offers 3d graphics to users, but to a limited extent.

Both the above two have their disadvantages. The Virtual box has its limitations as compared to VMware like limited 3d graphics, no integration with vCloud Air, ESXi, etc. Similar VMware does not offer compatibility for the different operating systems but Virtual box does offer this feature.

Final Words

After reading the details of VMware vs Virtual Box you must be able to conclude what you want. Choosing one from the above two depends upon your needs. If you need something that offers customization, high security, and verification and has already chosen one of the above then the answer is quite clear. Go with your choice because it will best fulfill your needs.

But if you are still confused between both then the following two points will help you make the final decision:


If you are working in a VMware environment in an enterprise then VMware will be a better option to go with. As it is best compatible with VMware data management tools and servers.

If you don’t want it for a large set of computers and want to run a virtual machine on a few devices then a Virtual box is the better option to go with. It gives you access to the GUI and command-line interface.