Parallels Desktop®
for Mac

  • Run Windows on your Mac without rebooting
  • Optimized for Windows 10 and ready for macOS Sierra
  • 500 GB of online backup storage* (for 1 year)
  • Dozens of other essential Mac and Windows tools

*Powered by Acronis

“Of all the ways to run Windows on a Mac, Parallels Desktop is my favorite because it just works. It's fast, it's reliable, and there's no need to futz about with confusing setting or convoluted setup processes.”
– Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet
“Unlike Apple’s Boot Camp, Parallels lets you run both operating systems at the same time.”
– Larry Magid, Forbes
”Parallels Desktop is the easiest, fastest, and most tightly integrated app for running Windows apps or the Windows desktop in Apple OS X.”
–Edward Mendelson, PCMag.com
“It’s always been astonishing that it’s faster to start up a Parallels PC than a real one. On my MacBook Air, I’m up and running in Windows six seconds after I double-click the Parallels icon.”
– David Pogue, Yahoo Tech
“The latest version of Parallels, the popular Windows virtualization tool for Mac OS X, almost feels like its trolling Apple.”
– Engadget
“The software has been iterating over a decade and now makes Windows feel like part of the MacOS. You can also virtualize Linux, Android, and just about anything that runs on Intel chips including another instance of MacOS – great for testing macOS Betas!”
–9to5Mac

Features

Love Mac, Run Windows

Use Mac® and Windows® applications side-by-side, without rebooting. Bring your favorite Windows applications to Mac—from Microsoft® Office to QuickBooks for Windows and more.

Seamless Integration

Quickly switch between Mac and Windows. Bring intuitive Mac features to Windows, or leverage Windows’ best features on your Mac. If you're new to Mac, you can keep the familiar Windows experience, in full screen.

Powerful Performance

Run common Windows applications or the most demanding graphical apps, such as Visio or Adobe Photoshop without compromise. Select your primary use, and Parallels Desktop will optimize performance for you.

Run Windows and Mac apps side by side
Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and controls on your Mac.

Now Supporting Windows 10 and macOS
Run Windows 10 and macOS with ease. Use Microsoft Cortana®, your virtual assistant, on your Mac.

Switch from your PC to your Mac
We make it easy to get all of your files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more from your PC to your Mac; just follow the setup assistant.

Robust Performance
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition gives your virtual machines more processing power. Up to 64 GB vRAM and 16 vCPUs per virtual machine lets you run even the most demanding applications.

Not just for Windows
Run a wide array of operating systems including OS X, Windows 10, 8.1 & 7, Linux, and Google ChromeTM. You can run just about anything on your Mac!

Works with Boot Camp®
Reuse your existing Boot Camp installation. Converting a virtual machine from Boot Camp is much easier and more intuitive than ever.

One-click tuning
Select productivity, games, design, or development, and Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac will optimize your virtual machine settings and performance for you.

Business Class Software
Keep IT in control of end user licenses and Windows virtual machines with a Unified Volume License Key, centralized license management, and advanced security features available in our Business Edition.

Additional Features

  • Drag & drop files between Mac and Windows
  • Copy & paste files or text between Mac and Windows 
  • Launch Windows apps right from the Dock
  • Move your PC to Mac in a few easy steps
  • Single cloud storage space between Mac and Windows  
  • Assign any USB devices to your Mac or Windows 
  • Retina Display support for Windows 
  • Run Windows in full screen
  • Open files in Windows just by drag & drop
  • Open any site in Microsoft Explorer right from Safari browser 
  • Apply Mac OS parental control to Windows apps
  • Windows alerts in Mac Notification Center
  • Mac dictation inside Windows applications
  • The number of Unread emails shown in the Dock
  • “Reveal in Windows Explorer” in OS X files menu
  • Linked clones for VMs*
  • Vagrant Provider*
  • 16 vCPUs and 64 GB vRAM*
  • Nested virtualization for Linux*
  • Drag & drop files in OS X guests
  • Real-time virtual disk optimization 
  • Create VM from VHD and VMDK disks*
  • Drag & drop to create VM

 

 

  • Disk Space Wizard optimizes your disk space
  • Shared folders and printers for Linux VMs
  • Windows apps in Launchpad
  • Power Nap in Windows
  • Use Force Touch to look up definitions
  • New Virtual Machine Wizard
  • Mission Control support
  • The Presentation Wizard prevents most projector issues
  • Drop files onto Outlook to create a new message
  • Multi-language Keyboard Sync
  • Share Bluetooth between Mac and Windows
  • Mac OS X Guest support
  • Spaces functionality for Windows apps
  • Mission Control exposes your Windows apps
  • DirectX 10 inside Windows 
  • Thunderbolt support
  • Firewire support
  • USB-C and USB 3.0 support
  • Work without risk with Snapshots
  • Safeguard your VM with encryption
  • 2 GB video memory support
  • Finder Tabs work with Windows apps
  • and many more...

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Reasons to Choose

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