Parallels Inc.

Parallels Desktop®
for Mac

Parallels Desktop for Mac vs Boot Camp

With Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, easily switch between the most popular OSes and never worry about rebooting.

  • Optimized and ready for macOS Sierra
  • Run all major OSes from Windows to Linux, ChromeOS and other UNIX-based OSes without having to reboot
  • Moving complete PC to Mac is easier and smoother than ever
  • Includes 500GB of cloud storage for 1 year along with Parallels Toolbox -- essential utilities for your Mac
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Mac and Windows together. No rebooting necessary.

Ready to increase your productivity and save time? Parallels Desktop lets you easily switch between Mac and Windows without ever needing to reboot - unlike Boot Camp.

Over 35% of Parallels Desktop users have made the switch from Boot Camp. Join millions of users and experience what has made us the #1 choice for running Windows on Mac for over ten years!

With Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, we’ve got you covered — enjoy the beauty of Mac with the Windows apps you need.

Discover the top reasons why previous Boot Camp users made the switch:

  • No rebooting — swipe between Mac and Windows in the blink of an eye
  • Already using Boot Camp? Use that same Windows partition to take your Windows + Mac environment further, by utilizing the integration features in Parallels Desktop.
  • Much more than Windows — besides all of the most common Windows OSes (e.g. XP, Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 10), Parallels Desktop lets you run Linux, ChromeOS and other UNIX-based OSes
  • Work like a Pro — get built-in support for the most popular developer tools like Visual Studio, Docker, Chef, Jenkins and more
  • Move your complete PC — avoid the headache of not being able to transfer Boot Camp from disk to disk and easily move your virtual machines using our installation wizard
  • Seamless integration — sync up and share files between Mac and Windows with cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive without duplicating your data, saving time and precious disk space

Pro Edition’s Extra Features

Designed with developers, power users, and other demanding professionals in mind. The Pro edition gives you more processing power, up to 64 GB vRAM and 16 vCPUs per virtual machine. Includes built-in debugging tools, headless mode for virtual machines, nested virtualization, roll back mode, and support for popular development tools like Visual Studio, Vagrant, Jenkins, and more. Complimentary 24/7 phone and email support included.

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Business Edition’s Extra Features

Designed for use in work settings, the Parallels Desktop Business Edition includes all the Pro features plus 24/7 premium email and phone support. It enables easy centralized administration, mass deployment capabilities, a license management portal, and advanced security controls.

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Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac

Designed for users who are switching from PC to Mac, and the home or student user who frequently needs to use non-Mac apps.

  • Optimized and ready for macOS Sierra
  • Includes smart & simple one-touch tools
  • 500 GB incremental online free backup*
    (for 1 year)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio® Plug-in
  • Support for popular development, design, and test tools including Visual Studio, Vagrant, and Jenkins
  • Advanced networking tools
  • Support for business cloud services
  • Premium 24/7 phone and email support
  • Centralized administration and management
  • Unified Volume License Key

Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition

Designed for the developer, tester, or power user who needs the very best performance for running non-Mac apps on Mac.

  • Optimized and ready for macOS Sierra
  • Includes smart & simple one-touch tools
  • 500 GB incremental online free backup*
    (for 1 year)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio® Plug-in
  • Support for popular development, design, and test tools including Visual Studio, Vagrant, and Jenkins
  • Advanced networking tools
  • Support for business cloud services
  • Premium 24/7 phone and email support
  • Centralized administration and management
  • Unified Volume License Key

Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition

Designed for individuals, teams, and IT departments who need to run Windows on Mac with the very best performance in work settings.

  • Optimized and ready for macOS Sierra
  • Includes smart & simple one-touch tools
  • 500 GB incremental online free backup*
    (for 1 year)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio® Plug-in
  • Support for popular development, design, and test tools including Visual Studio, Vagrant, and Jenkins
  • Advanced networking tools
  • Support for business cloud services
  • Premium 24/7 phone and email support
  • Centralized administration and management
  • Unified Volume License Key

One-touch Tools

Imagine having a set of tools, with no complicated settings, to simplify everyday tasks.

Take a screenshot with a simple click, secure private files with a password, download a favorite video from YouTube or Facebook with little fuss, easily record a screencast, or keep your Mac from sleeping with the push of a button.

Now, with Parallels Desktop 12 including Parallels Toolbox, you can do all of that and more, with one click!

Innovation

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is fully optimized and ready for macOS Sierra—as a host or guest OS. With new retina display support, enjoy smart resizing and independent screen resolutions for separate displays.

Seamless Office 365 Integration now allows Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents in Safari to open in their native Windows Office app.

Distraction free presentation mode for both Mac and Windows, including Keep Mac Awake, Hide Desktop Files, Do Not Disturb, and Start in Full Screen quick modes.

Now with 500 GB of free online storage for one year, powered by Acronis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Customers who purchased and activated Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac between August 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016 are eligible for an upgrade to Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac at no charge. Eligible customers can find the upgrade key at account.parallels.com. For complete details on the Tech Guarantee 2016, please visit this page.
  2. For information on how you receive your no-charge upgrade key for Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, please visit KB123874.
  3. Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac End-of-Life statement is located at KB123875.
  1. Does Windows come pre-installed with Parallels Desktop for Mac? Windows is not included with your purchase of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Windows can be purchased directly from Microsoft or retail stores. Please visit KB9003 for additional information.
  2. Will Parallels run on my current Mac hardware? A full list of system and hardware requirements can be found here
  3. Can I use my license on multiple Macs? Parallels licenses are valid only on one Mac per license. For more information, please reference http://www.parallels.com/about/eula/.
  4. Do you have discounts for Students/Education Staff/offer academic licenses? Yes. For more information on Education licenses, please visit KB113630.
  5. Is there a trial version of Parallels Desktop for Mac I can evaluate before purchasing? Yes, Parallels offers a free 14 day trial at http://trial.parallels.com/
  6. What bonus software comes with Parallels Desktop for Mac? Visit KB123869
  1. To install or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac see KB123891.
  2. To install Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac visit KB4729.
  3. To upgrade Parallels Desktop to Pro Edition see KB123159.
  4. To register Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac see KB123867.
  5. To activate your full license copy of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac see KB123864 .
  6. To activate your Parallels Desktop 12 copy with an upgrade license see KB123866.
  1. How do I install Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac?
    The instructions can be found at KB4729.
  2. How do I launch Windows from Parallels Desktop for Mac?
    See KB115170.
  3. Can I migrate my current Windows PC to a Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machine? 
  4. Yes, for instructions on how to migrate your Windows PC, visit KB115007.
  5. How to install Quicken, MS Office or other software in Windows virtual machine?
    See KB119310.
  6. What are the Parallels Desktop sharing tools?
    See KB122567.
  7. What is Coherence Mode?
    See KB4670.
  1. Learn more about benefits of Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition in KB123296.
  2. If you would like to upgrade your current Parallels Desktop copy to Pro Edition, visit KB123159 for more information.
  3. To register Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Pro Edition see KB123867.
  4. To activate your full license copy of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Pro Edition see KB123864.
  5. For instructions on upgrade to Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Pro Edition from previous versions see KB123866.
  1. What is Parallels Toolbox?
  2. Visit KB123903 to learn about the product.
  3. How can I get Parallels Toolbox?
    See KB123902.
  4. How do I install Parallels Toolbox?
    Visit KB123904.
  1. The previous version product key is not accepted.
    See KB123361.
  2. I lost my Parallels Desktop for Mac key. How do I retrieve it?
    See KB115424.
  3. How can I improve virtual machine performance on my Mac?
    See KB112091 .
  4. A program for Windows does not work: troubleshooting third-party software issues.
    See KB112983.
  5. I am unable to start Windows: troubleshooting virtual machine startup issues.
    See KB113964.
  6. Network problems in the virtual machine.
    See KB8978.

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Home Edition

For Home & Student Use

Full License

  • Current version only
  • Not eligible for free upgrades

Pro Edition

For Developers, Testers, & Power Users

Yearly Subscription

  • FREE upgrades to newer versions
  • Remote access to your Mac from any iOS/Android device or a browser
  • Cancel your subscription at anytime

Business Edition

For Use in Business Environments

Yearly Subscription

  • FREE upgrades to newer versions
  • Centralized administration and management
  • Single Key across all installations
  • Cancel your subscription at anytime