Technical Documentation & Resources

Documentation

Document Name Format
Readme for Parallels Desktop PDF | RTF
Getting Started With Parallels Desktop PDF
Parallels Desktop User's Guide HTML | PDF | ZIP
Parallels C API Reference HTML | CHM | PDF | ZIP
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition Command-Line Reference PDF | ZIP
Parallels Python API Reference HTML | PDF | ZIP
Parallels Transporter Agent User's Guide PDF
Parallels Virtualization SDK Programmer's Guide HTML | CHM | PDF | ZIP

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Document Name Format
Readme for Parallels Desktop RTF | PDF
Getting Started with Parallels Desktop PDF
Parallels Desktop User's Guide HTML | PDF | ZIP
Parallels Transporter Agent User's Guide PDF
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition Command-Line Reference PDF | ZIP
Parallels Python API Reference PDF | HTML | ZIP
Parallels C API Reference PDF | CHM | HTML | ZIP
Parallels Virtualization SDK Programmer's Guide PDF | CHM | HTML | ZIP

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Document Name Format
Readme for Parallels Desktop RTF | PDF
Getting Started with Parallels Desktop PDF
Parallels Desktop User's Guide HTML | PDF | ZIP
Parallels Transporter Agent User's Guide PDF
Parallels Python API Reference PDF | HTML | ZIP
Parallels C API Reference PDF | CHM | HTML | ZIP
Parallels Virtualization SDK Programmer's Guide PDF | CHM | HTML | ZIP

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Video Tutorials

Parallels Desktop for Mac Overview
New to Parallels? Check out How to Run Windows on Mac
What's New in Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac?
What's New in Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac?
What is Parallels Desktop Pro edition?
What is Parallels Desktop Pro edition?

System Requirements

Hardware:

  • A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Intel Core M or Xeon processor (Core Solo and Core Duo processors are no longer supported)
  • 4 GB of memory (8 GB recommended)
  • 850 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation
  • Additional disk space for virtual machines (varies on operating system installed)

Software:

  • macOS Sierra 10.12 or later
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 or later
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 or later

32-bit Guest Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, SP0
  • Windows 7 SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise 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 7.x, 6.x, 5.x
  • Fedora Linux 22, 21, 20, 19
  • Ubuntu 16.04, 15.10, 15.04, 14.10, 14.04, 13.10, 13.04, 12.04, 12.04 LTS, 10.04 LTS
  • CentOS Linux 7.0, 6.x, 5.x
  • Debian Linux 8.x, 7.x
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 11 SP3, SP2
  • OpenSUSE Linux 13.2, 13.1, 12.3
  • Linux Mint 17.2, 17, 16, 13
  • Mageia 5, 4.1, 3
  • Solaris 11, 10
  • FreeBSD 10.1, 10, 9.x, 8.x
  • OS/2 Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation 2.x, 1.2
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Android OS*
  • Chrome OS*

*Only appliances downloaded within New Virtual Machine Wizard are supported.

See all the supported 32-bit guest Operating Systems

64-bit Guest Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1, Update1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, SP0
  • Windows 7 SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, 6.x, 5.x
  • Fedora Linux 22, 21, 20, 19
  • Ubuntu 16.04, 15.10, 15.04, 14.10, 14.04, 13.10, 13.04, 12.04, 12.04 LTS, 10.04 LTS
  • CentOS Linux 7.0, 6.x, 5.x
  • Debian Linux 8.x, 7.x
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3, SP2
  • OpenSUSE Linux 13.2, 13.1, 12.3
  • Linux Mint 17.2, 17, 16, 13
  • Mageia 5, 4.1, 3
  • FreeBSD 10.1, 10, 9.x, 8.x
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.x
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

See all the supported 64-bit guest Operating Systems

Move your PC?

  • 700 MHz (or higher) x86 or x64 processor (Intel or AMD)
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 50 MB of available hard disk space for installation of Parallels Transporter Agent
  • Ethernet or WiFi network adapter for migrating over network
  • Supported Windows and Linux versions: Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Ubuntu Linux 8.04