Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag and drop files between Windows and Mac applications and launch Windows applications from your Mac dock. Powerful performance lets you run Windows productivity applications, even graphics intensive ones, with ease.

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

The #1 choice of Mac users for more than 7 years!

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Life Simplified

Whether you are a hard-core Mac enthusiast, a multi-platform pro or a first-time Mac user, the brilliant essentials of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac — quick installation, a user-friendly interface, and the Parallels Wizard—makes moving to the Mac seamless and everyday use easier than ever.

New! Cloud storage optimizations

New! SkyDrive, iCloud, Photo Stream, Dropbox, Google Drive optimizations make sure you don't inadvertently duplicate files locally, so you get the most out of your storage space.

New! Real Start menu comes to Windows 8

New! Get stuff done in Windows 8 with a "real" Start menu and the ability to run Modern (Metro) apps in a separate window rather than in full screen

New! Power Nap extends to Windows

New! Power Nap on a Retina™ Display Mac or MacBook Air now also updates Windows and your Windows applications so that you’re always up to date

New! Dictionary gestures in Windows

New! integration between Mac and Windows deepens, and now you can use the Mac Dictionary gesture to access the dictionary in Windows

Enhanced! Virtual Machine Wizard

Enhanced! The New Virtual Machine wizard makes it even easier to create new virtual machines, especially if your Mac doesn't have an optical drive

Mac OS X Mountain Lion Support

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac works with Mountain Lion, the latest Mac OS X. From Multi-Touch gestures, Mission Control, Full Screen support, Launchpad integration and more, Parallels Desktop makes it feel like your Windows applications were made for Mac. 

Mountain Lion integration includes:

  • Full screen support for Windows applications
  • Use of Launchpad for Windows apps
  • Mission Control support
  • Mountain Lion as a guest OS
  • Mountain Lion gestures support
  • Retina display support for Windows
  • Notification Center support for Parallels Desktop and Windows alerts
  • Speak, don't type - use Mountain Lion's Dictation tool across both Windows and Mac Applications
  • New! Dictionary gesture works in Windows applications
Presentation Wizard

The Presentation Wizard allows you to easily and beautifully show presentations from your Mac on any external monitor or projector.

Open in Internet Explorer button

Switch from Safari to the same page in Internet Explorer with a single click when you need to view a page that doesn't render well.

Drag & drop attachments to Outlook

Simply drag & drop files from the desktop onto the Dock icon for Outlook for Windows to attach them to a new email

Multi-language Keyboard Sync

Keyboard language changes made on the Mac automatically sync in Windows to simplify switching languages

Consolidated Notification Center

Integration of Windows notifications into the Mountain Lion Notification Center makes it easy to stay updated on Windows virtual machine operations as well as alerts from Windows 8 Mail and Messenger Metro apps.

Shared Bluetooth

Seamlessly share Bluetooth devices between Mac and Windows just like you do with your FaceTime HD camera.

Mac OS X Guest support

Run OS X Lion and Mountain Lion as a guest, even in Coherence view mode

Shared Trash

Continuing to integrate Windows and Mac, now even your Mac Trash and Windows Recycle Bins are identical so you only have one trash can to manage.

Spaces & Mission Control Integration

Get a more natural full screen experience for Windows applications with enhanced support for Spaces and Mission control.

Full support for Windows 8.1

Enjoy full support for Windows 8.1. Enjoy "Metro-style" apps in full screen or Coherence, a Windows 'launchpad' to manage your apps and full copy & paste and drag & drop integration.

Microsoft Office 2010 – the gold standard of productivity software

Don’t compromise – you can run the full version of Office on your Mac. Don’t sacrifice features and programs – run Office 2010 and enjoy Mountain Lion features like Launchpad, gestures and Mission Control even in Access and One Note

Application shortcuts

Use the standard Mac OS X system preferences to set keyboard shortcuts.

A more Mac-like appearance

If you love the look and feel of Mac OS, make Windows invisible but still use its applications. Or keep the familiar Windows background and Start menu on your Mac. Either way you can run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side—with no compromises in performance—and work the way that’s best for you.

  • Immediate preferences without OK button
  • Apple style standard help and documentation
  • Enhanced user interface has a more polished look-and-feel
Mac OS parental controls apply to Windows programs

Manage and control your virtual machines as easily as you do your Mac. With Parallels Desktop for Mac, peace-of-mind comes easy thanks to the automatic apply capabilities that place the same parental controls you set for your Mac on to your Windows applications. And any restrictions set for the Mac OS will also be enforced in the virtual machine.

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Visually Stunning

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac delivers an even more immersive environment for gaming, music, movies, and more with support for Retina display, Surround Sound 7.1 and superior 3D graphics rendering speeds.

Brilliant Retina display resolution

Enjoy stunning Retina display resolution in Windows and Windows applications to see crisper fonts, vivid photos, images and animations

New! integration between Mac and Windows deepens, and now you can use the Mac Dictionary gesture to access the dictionary in Windows

Full screen on demand

The full screen on demand feature makes presentations interruption-free by disabling screen savers on Mac and Windows, optimizing the full screen display and automatically adjusting resolution

Enhanced! 3D Graphics

Parallels Desktop 9 gives your Mac a more enhanced Windows 3D graphics experience and offers up the fastest way to run the most graphical intensive Windows programs and cross-platform Windows development tools. And you can use a wide-variety of design programs and games with DirectX 9.0c/9Ex and Shader Model 3 support.

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Proven Performance

With improved battery life, up to 1GB of video memory, enhanced security, and more Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac features the best overall performance and stability in the market.

New! Security Wizard

New! The Security Wizard makes it easy for you to be sure all your stuff is secure, both on your Mac and in your Windows virtual machine

New! Thunderbolt and Firewire support

New! Thunderbolt and Firewire derives connect just like USB devices

Enhanced! Linux guest support

Enhanced! Linux Guest integration gets better with shared applications, shared profiles, and automatic Parallels Tools updates

New! USB 3.0 support

Connect and assign USB 3.0 devices to either the Mac host of your virtual machine

Longer battery life

Now, running Parallels Desktop 98 for Mac has improved battery life so you can be on-the-go longer than ever.

Advanced encryption support

Get improved data security through fast virtual machine encryption with Intel AES-NI. All your Windows programs are securely encrypted.

Snapshots

It's easy to see how much hard drive space your virtual machine is using with a visual indicator and improved Snapshots.

Virtual Machine Management Tools

Easily monitor your Mac's resources with a graphical view of how much of your Mac's processor and memory are being used by your virtual machine.

More powerful performance
  • Up to 1GB video memory can be assigned to a virtual machine
  • Support for high-quality audio formats (up to 192KHz)
  • More modern games supported

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Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac delivers all this and more:

Indispensable Conveniences

  • New! Mavericks Multiple Display support extends to Windows so each screen as a menu bar and Dock
  • New! Mavericks Finder Tabs work with your Windows applications
  • New! Create a Mavericks VM using the “install OS X Mavericks” app in the Mac App store
  • New! PowerNap extends to Windows and Windows applications so you’re always up to date
  • New! Mountain Lion Dictionary gesture works in Windows applications
  • New! Connect Thunderbolt and Firewire storage devices to either your Mac or your virtual machine – just like you do with USB devices
  • Enhanced! The New Virtual Machine wizard makes it even easier to create new virtual machines, automatically locating operating systems on your machine or letting you manually select a range of media types to install

Performance

  • 40% better disk performance than the previous version
  • Virtual machines shut down up to 25% faster than the previous version
  • Virtual machines suspend up to 20% faster than the previous version
  • 3D graphics and web browsing is 15% faster than the previous version
  • Battery life improves when you run on Mavericks

Cloud

iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive optimizations eliminate duplication of files locally

Peace of Mind

  • New! Get stuff done in Windows 8 with a “real” Start menu and the ability to run Modern (Metro) apps in a separate window rather than in full screen
  • New! The Security Center makes it easy for you to be sure all your stuff is secure, both on your Mac and in your Windows virtual machine
  • New! OS X Mavericks (10.9) and Windows Blue (8.1) support

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Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Requirements

Hardware Requirements
  • A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor (Core Solo and Core Duo processors are no longer supported)
  • Minimum 2 GB of memory (4 GB of memory is recommended to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine or if your host OS is Lion)
  • About 850 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation
  • About 15 GB of disk space for each virtual machine
Software Requirements
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4
  • Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later

To get information about your Mac OS X version, type of processor, and amount of memory, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu.

Note: Internet connection is required for product activation, updates, and select features.

Supported Guest Operating Systems*
32-bit Operating Systems
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Vista SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Home SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6
  • Windows NT 4.0 Workstation SP6
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 3.11
  • MS-DOS 6.22
  • Red Hat Enterprise 6.x, 5.x, 4.x
  • Fedora 17, 16, 15 
  • Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04  
  • CentOS 5.x, 4.x
  • Debian 6.0, 5.0
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
  • OpenSUSE Linux 12.1, 11.4
  • Mandriva 2011, 2010
  • Solaris 10
  • Open Solaris 2009.06
  • Chrome OS
  • FreeBSD 8.x, 7.x
  • OS/2 Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation 1.2
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Android OS
64-bit Operating Systems
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Vista SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Red Hat Enterprise 6.x, 5.x
  • Fedora 17, 16, 15
  • Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04
  • CentOS 6.x, 5.x
  • Debian 6.0, 5.0
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP2
  • OpenSUSE Linux 12.1, 11.4
  • Mandriva 2011, 2010
  • Solaris 10
  • Open Solaris 2009.06
  • Oracle Solaris 11
  • FreeBSD 8.x,7.x
  • Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
  • Mac OS X Lion 10.7x
  • Mac OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

* Virtual machine operating systems - such as Windows, Linux, and Solaris - are not included.