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Virtual Machines

Running virtual machines on Apple Silicon can be a bit tricky, as its ARM based.

Current Pain Points

  • Vagrant is tricky to get working (need either Parallels or VMware Fusion).
    • Parallels is fairly expensive, as the standard edition (the cheaper, one-off license) doesn't work with Vagrant, instead the Pro version is needed (which is more expensive and has a annual license).
    • VMWare Fusion seems to be free, but requires a VMware account, its not super clear on how to create a account for personal use.


  • UTM is a open source project that uses Apple's Hypervisor virtualization framework.
  • Ubuntu Multipass allows quickly spinning up Ubuntu VMs via a CLI

Last update: August 12, 2023
Created: May 27, 2023