Open-source KVM software (by debauchee)

Barrier Alternatives

Similar projects and alternatives to barrier
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    Open source core of Synergy, the keyboard and mouse sharing tool

  • macOS-KVM

    Streamlined macOS QEMU KVM Hackintosh configuration using OpenCore and libvirt

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  • Aerial

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    Run macOS on QEMU/KVM. With OpenCore + Big Sur support now! Only commercial (paid) support is available.

  • macOS-Simple-KVM

    Tools to set up a quick macOS VM in QEMU, accelerated by KVM.

  • mac-precision-touchpad

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NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts. Hence, a higher number means a better alternative or higher similarity.


Posts where barrier has been mentioned. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects - the last one was on 2021-01-23.
  • CRG9 Setup - Question in Comments
  • Has anyone tried using Barrier to enable using one mouse and keyboard on more than one machine ? | 2021-01-23
    The feature I'm most impressed with is the ability to copy & paste text between different operating systems. I'd be even more impressed if they fixed the UTF-8 issues though. At the moment, copying text from Linux to MacOS works fine. However, if I do it in the other direction all non-ASCII characters are turned into question marks. My native language is Swedish and I need my Å, Ä and Ö!
  • Why are KVM switches so damn expensive? | 2021-01-21
    I just use this
  • Full time work from home setup
    So... not so much a KVM but a KM. Interesting product I didn't know was out there. For others there are multiple software options to achieve the same a very similar thing for free with Barrier
  • Gaming with KVM switch
    I use the hub to quickly switch between my personal and work machines. If you don't care about FPS games, you can also use a networking input director (like Mouse without Borders from the Microsoft Garage, Input Director and Barrier). Don't pay for Synergy, Barrier is the exact same thing and it's compiled for you.
  • Synergy Missing Ucrtbaseddll
    You can use Barrier which is based off Synergy and comes pre-compiled.
  • I made Deskreen, open source app to make any device a second screen for computer | 2021-01-18

    Its a fork from Synergy 1.9 | 2021-01-18
    synergy these days has been replaced for most serious use by barrier, due to the restrictive synergy license and costs.

  • I looked at all the ways Microsoft Teams tracks users and my head is spinning | 2021-01-17
    We all know Synergy and for the most part it does get the job done. I paid for the v2 Pro license to support them.

    I've moved on though to using Barrier, a synergy-core fork. It's much less buggy and more just works + you get ssl crypto added for free. It's replaced synergy app for me on all OS's.

  • Repurposed my old triple monitor mount as a keyboard stand for my stream pc. Now no longer have two keyboard on my desk 46” wide desk.
    Honorable mentions also go out to Input Director and Barrier (which is just a fork of Synergy, but free).
  • what good apps are in windows store that arent in ios or android so we can discover new apps | 2021-01-16
    Multiplicity / Synergy / Sharemouse / Barrier: Use the same keyboard and mouse for multiple machines. The latter two works on both Mac and PC. (Thanks /u/tencents123!)
  • Wie macht ihr das so: Wechsel zwischen privaten Rechner/Home Office Laptop, ohne Bildschirm/Maus/Tastatur/Webcam umzustöpseln | 2021-01-15
    Maus und Tastatur sind am privaten Rechner angeschlossen und dann mittels Synergy Barrier zwischen beiden System geteilt.
  • Is the samsung odyssey g9 a terrible monitor?
  • Work Computer/ Personal Computer
  • Finally completed my dream setup!


Basic barrier repo stats
13 days ago

debauchee/barrier is an open source project licensed under GNU General Public License v3.0 only which is an OSI approved license.