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What is VirtualBox?

Cross-platform virtualization application that helps you run multiple operating systems simultaneously on one machine. Provides OVF format support and VM group control capability.

Who Uses VirtualBox?

Designed for enterprise and home use, it is a virtual machine solution that helps control multiple virtual machines, manage multiscreen resolutions, connect with iSCSI storage servers, and more.

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Reviews of VirtualBox

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Service
4.1
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.7

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5
62%
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Hung
Hung
Solution architect in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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VirtualBox for quickly initial new environment for testing

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: I use VirtualBox to initial my testing environment for my shell script function which needs to run in Centos, RedHat, Debian and Ubuntu, I download the virtual OS and add into VirtualBox which alow me quickly verify my script and when I work with Kubernetes, it already support installation environment as Virtual OS and we use VirtualBox to host it.

Pros:

With VirtualBox, I easily create a test and dev environment for different OS, it supports all type of OS from Window, Ubuntu, Centos. VirtualBox Guest system is quickly created and start and I could share data between Host OS and Guest OS including copy/paste, disk sharing and drag-drop. VirtualBox consume very little resource and is able to host multiple Guest OS at same time, it is an excellent feature when we want to test our script in different OS

Cons:

Using VirtualBox is quite complex to setup Guest OS, special to enable access to Host OS hardware such as Printer, switch between Host OS and Guest OS have delayed time

Nhat
Nhat
Instructor in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Education Management, 5,001–10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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4.0 3 years ago

Comments: My overall experience with VirtualBox is good because I have used it for a long time and have found many ways around some technical challenges.

Pros:

This software allows me to easily setup a virtual machine, run a test on a software before I want to install it on a production machine. The best part is I can easily download it on the Oracle website and use it without worrying about licensing.

Cons:

Configuring network is quite difficult on VirtualBox versus doing it on other similar software.

Maha
Assistant Professor in US
Computer Software, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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3.0 last year

Comments: Good experience but definitely would use VMWare for professional virtualization tasks.

Pros:

I used VirtualBox to run Linux and Windows OSes on top of my OSX MAC for the sake of testing networking and database software and for developing client/server applications. The nice thing about VirtualBox is its free license that makes it a cost-effective choice for users who want to test with new OSes and software. The virtualization performance is decent with some lagging when testing newer versions of Linux with more advanced GUI desktops. Definitely VirtualBox has a lot of limitations that I will mention in the Cons sectionl

Cons:

Many limitations make VirtualBox lag behind its main competitor VMWare Fusion (on a MAC) or VMWare Workstation (on Windows). The USB support is not enabled and requires a lot of configuration to make it work. The installation of the VM tools to provide a better resolution to the guest OS is also not that intuitive. This makes VMWare a much better alternative for serious developers/testers. The networking support also has some bugs especially when using the NAT network feature.

Diwakar Dixit
IT Manager in UK
Information Technology & Services, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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5.0 4 months ago

Pros:

I love virtual box because of the following reason 1. Free to use 2. Supports windows, Linux and Mac Guest addons helps seamless movement between physical and virtual devices and supports copying files between physical and virtual host. You can also create shared folder between physical and virtual devices. Supports USB controller that enables you to connect your webcam or any usb devices to virtual host. You can create snapshot for taking backup of your virtual hosts.

Cons:

Its not as fast as VMWare workstation Consumes heavy CPU User interface needs lot of improvement as i am seeing the same interface for almost 10+ years.

Gene
IT Engineer in US
Computer Networking, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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5.0 10 months ago

Comments: Allows me to create separate secure virtual environments for various testing and user oriented applications without being tied to any specific hardware which makes migration and distribution very easy and convenient. I've been using the system for years and have been very satisfied with the performance, features and ease of use.

Pros:

A cost effective solution for running multiple virtual machines and OSes. Great for testing and using various operating OSes while using shared hardware. Easy to set up and maintain. Very useful for creating remotely accessible virtual environments for multiple users. Easy local and remote backups and rollback functions. Very convenient and customizable management interface.

Cons:

The only thing that I would like to be implemented in future versions would be integrated multiple cloud platform synchronization and management but there are plenty of 3rd party applications that accomplish the year so not really much of an issue but would be convenient to have everything in a single integrated package.