Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac System Requirements

Here is a detailed outline of Parallels Desktop 15 system requirements for hardware, supported host and guest operating systems—as well as how to transfer your PC to a virtual machine— provided below.

For well over a decade, millions of global users have used Parallels Desktop® for Mac to run Windows, Linux and other popular operating systems on Mac®—without rebooting. We recommend that curious users read this blog post thoroughly to ensure that you’re set up for success before downloading Parallels Desktop 15. 

Minimum Best Performance
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 or Xeon processor
Memory 4 GB of RAM 16 GB of RAM or more
Storage 500 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows 10) SSD drive
Graphics Intel, AMD Radeon or NVIDIA AMD Radeon Pro graphics card
Operating System macOS Catalina 10.15
macOS Mojave 10.14
macOS High Sierra 10.13
macOS Sierra 10.12
macOS Catalina 10.15 Note: DirectX 11 requires at least macOS Mojave 10.14 but works best on macOS 10.15 Catalina.


Minimum requirements are dictated to run most applications, such as Microsoft Office and more: 

Note: Microsoft Windows 10 requires at least 16 GB of storage space. 

For the best performance with graphics-intensive applications, gaming, high loads and running multiple virtual machines, we recommend: 

Guest Operating Systems Supported as a Virtual Machine within Parallels Desktop

Supported Guest Operating Systems

*Only the version downloaded with help of the Installation Assistant with Parallels Desktop.
**Parallels Tools are not available for this operating system.

Parallels Tools for Linux requires X Window System version 1.15–1.20 and Linux Kernel version 2.6.29–5.1.

Need to migrate your PC to a virtual machine in Parallels Desktop?

PC system requirements to move your PC to your Mac (using Parallels Transporter Agent):

*To migrate Windows Vista or older, Transporter Agent from Parallels Desktop 13 should be used. Download the Parallels Transporter Agent

Parallels Desktop Trial

Parallels Desktop emulates PC hardware, so operating systems that are not present in this list can work as well. You can download the Parallels Desktop trial and install an operating system of your choice. 

If it doesn’t work and you believe it should be supported, let our engineers know in the Parallels Forum.  

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