UTM Virtual Machines

UTM Virtual Machinesfor Mac

Rating
5
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App info

LAST UPDATED:
2023-10-18
DEVELOPER:
Turing Software, LLC
LICENSE:
Free to try
VERSION:
4.4.3
DOWNLOADS:
899
OPERATING SYSTEM:
Mac
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Melissa Wyss
Melissa Wyss
Appsitory Reviewer

Secure and easy-to-use virtual machines for Mac

UTM Virtual Machines is a virtualization software allowing users to experience the macOS environment on any Windows computer fully.

Users can easily install and use UTM Virtual Machines as it does not require any special hardware or software. The app only requires 277.3MB of RAM and is compatible with macOS 12 or later in a virtualized environment. It runs on Intel and PPC-based computers, so it's compatible with most Macs. The software comes with several pre-loaded security tools, including a firewall, antivirus, and anti-spyware.

What does the app offer?

This virtual machine is a fully functional system that can be installed on your Mac and used to manage multiple systems simultaneously. With UTM Virtual Machines, you have access to a wide array of tools:

  • Sandboxing: This feature allows you to run apps in a temporary environment without affecting your existing system. This is great for testing out new software or trying something that might cause problems with your computer if it doesn't work correctly.

  • Virtual Machines: You can create and run multiple virtual machines on your Mac, which are fully functional computers that you can use to test different operating systems or applications.

  • Security: You can use UTM Virtual Machines to perform antivirus scans and other security tests on your virtual machines. This is a great way to ensure that your computers are protected from viruses and malware.

  • The anti-malware feature is a fully-functional scan engine that can be used to detect and remove malware from your machine.

  • Performance: You can use the app to test out different operating systems and applications on your computer without affecting the performance of your current setup. This is great if you're trying out a new operating system or application that may not be compatible with your current setup.

UTM modes

The software includes several different virtualization modes:

  • The GUI display mode allows you to use the virtual machine in full-screen mode, which is excellent for testing and development. It is also handy if you use your computer with multiple monitors to spread your virtual machine across various screens.

  • The terminal console mode is a way to access the command line interface. This is useful for troubleshooting and customizing the virtual machine, but it's not recommended as a way to use it.

  • The headless mode lets you run your virtual machine without having to see its display. This is useful if you want to run a program on the virtual machine but don't need to see it on your screen.

What are the app's limitations?

  • No drag-and-drop feature support.

  • You cannot run games: UTM lacks support for 3D acceleration. You may be able to run older games with software rendering options.

  • No external disks or drives can be directly mounted; only disk images may be used.

  • macOS virtualization only runs on Apple Silicon Macs running macOS 12 and up. Systems older than that do not support USB sharing and dynamic resolution.

Conclusions

UTM Virtual Machines is a great way to run Windows applications on your Mac without rebooting or using any disk space. It's easy to use and works well. The software works well, but it does have some limitations. If you want to run Windows on your Mac, UMT is worth considering.


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Pros
  • Free and open-source
  • Secure
  • Runs up to 4 virtual machines at once
  • Automatic updates for the paid version
Cons
  • Poor customer support
  • No drag-and-drop support
  • Cannot run games
  • No external disks or drives
  • Paid the AppStore version
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