winapps VS barrier

Compare winapps vs barrier and see what are their differences.


Run Windows apps such as Microsoft Office/Adobe in Linux (Ubuntu/Fedora) and GNOME/KDE as if they were a part of the native OS, including Nautilus integration. (by Fmstrat)


Open-source KVM software (by debauchee)
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winapps barrier
153 182
5,534 13,755
- 5.7%
5.0 8.1
23 days ago 19 days ago
Shell C
- GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Posts with mentions or reviews of winapps. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-17.
  • Show HN: Qvm-create-windows-qube: The most secure and private way to run Windows | 2021-10-17
    My pleasure!

    That feature is currently in the works (officially speaking) for Windows 10; for Windows 7 it already exists (although it has of course been EOL for some time now).

    However, I do recall finding a report of someone successfully using WinApps ( as well as RDP running in a Linux (GNU/Linux) qube to effectively have Windows applications displayed on a window level. Security-wise it still holds up because that Linux qube, if compromised via the RDP connection, will lead to the disclosure of no additional sensitive information because it's only being used for that purpose. As long as you have ample RAM to support it, this could work very well.

  • To those that dual boot with Windows. Will you be upgrading to Windows 11?
    You can find it at -
  • We need to get WinApps working again! | 2021-10-14
    It doesn't have a license, so it's all rights reserved.
  • Can you use it for productivity? | 2021-10-13
  • How to install Microsoft office 2019?
    If u really want ms office this might be useful: I usually use Google docs which i think is better than office 365.
  • Are there any VM services which dont use the entire GUI and such?
    The best I know of right now on the open source and/or Linux side of things that works with Windows guest applications is Winapps - There's a bit of setup you'll need to do directly in the Windows VM. After that you should be able to launch the app exclusively into your Linux session.
  • There are 2 things that prevents me from going to Linux exclusively, can i overcome them?
    For both those programs it's no. But if you don't mind some extra setup you can run Winapps to run those programs anyway.
  • Windows11 Anti Spy programs | 2021-10-09
    Two, consider using Linux. Gaming on Linux is possible right now, you can run whatever software in Windows containers like if they were natives apps... Don't dual boot to Linux or you will come back to Windows, you should use Linux as the only one OS on your computer. Make VMs or containers to run Windows softwares (even a specific device that needs a specific driver, passthrough to your VM).
  • What do I need to know when installing Linux on my 2020 Intel MacBook Pro?
    Looks like they are looking for maintainers. Maybe check out some of the recommendations in the comments there? I don't really know anything about Winapps.
  • Performance issues with win10 guest in qemu kvm - how to improve | 2021-10-07
    You can use this configuration from winapps : You can't have 3d acceleration but other than that, it works very well.


Posts with mentions or reviews of barrier. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-14.
  • Setting up multi-computer workstation
    This app works pretty well and is fairly simple:
  • I'm house sitting and working from home for a week so here's my setup | 2021-10-15
    You can share the keyboard and mouse across the two pretty easily. Install the Barrier server on the linux machine and then use the windows machine as a client.
  • macOS 12 Monterey beta 10 as of 14th October 2021. They enabled this settings on the Mac. | 2021-10-14
  • MX Master 3 advanced feature support
    Check Piper for button customization. Flow from one pc to another works best with the open source version of Synergy: Barrier
  • Is switching between 2 Macs with LG Ultrafine 5k Monitor possible without needing to unplug? | 2021-10-08
    May I recommend Barrier as an open source alternative to Synergy? I've used both and have found Barrier to be more reliable, open source and therefore free.
  • Successful gpu passthrough with a muxless gtx 1650 mobile (not without it's limitations of course) | 2021-10-07
    while on the topic of controlling the host machine, I recommend this software called barrier, it's an Free and Open Source fork of synergy: (not sponsored by the way, I just think its useful).
  • What is a good free software that lets you share your mouse between two computers (one being Linux other being windows and vice versa)?
  • Need help picking a switch to use one keyboard and mouse with a Mac and PC. | 2021-10-05
    I use Barrier ( as a free software KVM that shares the mouse and keyboard hooked up to one computer to another over the network.
  • Barrier: Open-Source KVM Software | 2021-10-05
  • KVM Switch for Personal PC and Work Laptop | 2021-10-04

What are some alternatives?

When comparing winapps and barrier you can also consider the following projects:

hidusbf - USB Mice Overclocking Software (for Windows)

synergy-core - Open source core of Synergy, the keyboard and mouse sharing tool

sway - i3-compatible Wayland compositor

Awesome-Linux-Software - A list of awesome applications, software, tools and other materials for Linux distros.

wlroots-eglstreams - A modular Wayland compositor library with EGLStreams support

OSX-KVM - Run macOS on QEMU/KVM. With OpenCore + Big Sur support now! Only commercial (paid) support is available now to avoid spammy issues.

wslg - Enabling the Windows Subsystem for Linux to include support for Wayland and X server related scenarios

photoshopCClinux - Photoshop CC v19 installer for Gnu/Linux

PhotoGIMP - A Patch for GIMP 2.10+ for Photoshop Users

WSL - Issues found on WSL

linux - Linux kernel source tree

vgpu_unlock - Unlock vGPU functionality for consumer grade GPUs.