Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac System Requirements and Supported Guest Operating Systems

The Parallels® Desktop 17 system requirements for hardware, supported host and guest operating systems (OSs), are fully listed below. We encourage every potential or existing customer to view the requirements for Parallels Desktop before downloading or making their purchase. Users may be pleasantly surprised at the incredible performance of Windows, Linux and other popular OSs on their Mac with Parallels Desktop. 

Supported Mac Configurations

Check your Mac hardware to ensure you can run Parallels Desktop on your system without experiencing compatibility issues. The Parallels team wants to ensure every customer gets the most out of Parallels Desktop and the virtual machines (VMs) they create. 

 Minimum Requirements To run most applications such as Microsoft Office, accounting, trading, SAP, Matlab and more. Best performance For graphics-intensive applications, high loads, and running multiple virtual machines. 
Processor Apple M1 chip, Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor Apple M1 chip, Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 or Xeon processor 
Memory 4 GB of RAM 16 GB of RAM or more 
Storage 600 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 Apple M1 chip, Intel, AMD Radeon, or NVIDIA Apple M1 chip, AMD Radeon Pro graphics card 
Operating System macOS 12 Monterey (when released)  macOS Big Sur 11.1 or newer macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer  macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer  macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or newer macOS 12 Monterey (when released)  macOS Big Sur 11.1 or newer DirectX 11 requires at least macOS Mojave 10.14, but works best on macOS 10.15 Catalina and newer 

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

Supported Guest Operating Systems that can be created as Parallels Desktop Machines 

Mac with Apple M1 chip 

Only ARM versions of operating systems are supported. 

Learn how to install Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview in this video. Additional information on the M1 experience may be found in this article. Windows ARM can run most of the regular  Windows x86 applications. You can download the Parallels Desktop trial and install the application of your interest. If it doesn’t work, let us know at Parallels Forum

Mac with Intel processors 

Only x86 versions of operating systems are supported. 

*Only the version downloaded with the help of the Installation Assistant in Parallels Desktop. 

**Parallels Tools are not available for this operating system. 

Note: Parallels Desktop for Mac 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 us know at Parallels Forum

Parallels Tools for Linux require X Window System version 1.15-1.20 and Linux Kernel version 2.6.29-5.5. 

Moving your PC? 

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

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

Note: Parallels Transporter Agent is not available for Mac with Apple M1 chip. 

***Running VMs on Apple M1 Mac computers in Parallels Desktop 17 requires ARM-based operating systems (OSs). Customers who install guest operating systems in Parallels Desktop virtual machines are responsible for making sure that they are compliant with each OSs’ end-user licensing agreement (EULA).

We hope this resource is helpful for you to navigate your experience with Parallels Desktop. For 15 years, Parallels has been a leading choice and award-winning solution for more than 7 million Mac users to run Windows on Mac. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact our support team on Facebook @ParallelsInc; or Twitter @ParallelsCares