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Parallels Desktop 13
for Mac

  • #1 choice of Mac users to run Windows on Mac—no rebooting
  • Develop and test across multiple operating systems
  • Easily convert your existing PC or install a new Windows OS
  • Optimized for Windows 10 and macOS® High Sierra
  • BONUS! +30 one-touch tools to simplify everyday tasks
Windows for Mac

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Lightning Fast

Graphic and resource hungry Windows applications run effortlessly without slowing down your MacBook®, iMac®, Mac mini®, or Mac Pro®.

Run CAD programs for Windows on Mac

Powerful Performance

Run it all without compromiseMicrosoft Office, Visual Studio®, Quicken® and QuickBooks for Windows, Access, Project, Autodesk Revit® and Inventor, CorelDRAW, ArcGIS, Visio, Internet Explorer, Adobe Photoshop®, and more!

Run Visual Studio 2017 for Windows on Mac

Seamless Integration

Use Mac and Windows applications side-by-side (no restarting required). Launch and access Windows applications right from the Dock, and easily drag and drop and copy and paste between them. If you're new to Mac, you can keep the familiar Windows experience in full screen.

Run Windows 10 on Mac with Word & Powerpoint for Windows

Over 5 Million Users and Praised By Experts

“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,
“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!”

Easy Setup

Choose your existing Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, or Boot Camp® installation or download Windows 10 on your Mac within Parallels Desktop and get started within minutes.

Run Windows and Mac Applications Side by Side

Choose your view. Make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and controls on your Mac.

Switching from PC to 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.

Works with Boot Camp

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

Touch Bar Support for Windows Applications

Add Windows applications to Touch Bar for instant access and customization.

Connect Devices

Connect all your USB, Thunderbolt, and FireWire devices with Windows. Pair your Bluetooth and printer to work with both Windows and macOS.

One-Click Tuning

Select productivity, games, design, or development, and Parallels Desktop for Mac will optimize your VM settings and performance for you.

Robust Performance

Parallels Desktop® for Mac Pro Edition gives your virtual machines more processing power. Run even the most demanding applications with up to 128 GB vRAM and 32 vCPUs per virtual machine.

Power for your Team

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 in our Business Edition.


Includes Parallels® Toolbox for Mac and Windows, with over 30 one-touch tools: clean your drive, secure private files, take screenshots, download a video, and more—all with a single click.

Additional Features

  • Drag and drop files between Mac and Windows
  • Copy and paste files or text between Mac and Windows 
  • Launch Windows applications 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 dragging & dropping them
  • Open any site in Microsoft Explorer right from Safari® browser
  • Apply macOS Parental Control to Windows applications
  • 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 macOS® files menu
  • Linked clones for VMs*
  • Vagrant Provider*
  • 32 vCPUs and 128 GB vRAM*
  • Nested virtualization for Linux*
  • Drag and drop files in macOS guests
  • Real-time virtual disk optimization
  • Create VM from VHD and VMDK disks*
  • Drag and drop to create VM

* Available with Pro and Business Edition subscriptions

  • Disk Space Wizard optimizes your disk space
  • Shared folders and printers for Linux VMs
  • Windows applications 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
  • macOS Guest support
  • Spaces functionality for Windows applications
  • Mission Control exposes your Windows applications
  • 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 applications
  • and many more...

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Standard Edition

Download and Install Windows 10 in one click
Retina Support for Windows apps
Customize toolbar for Windows Apps

Pro Edition

All the Standard Edition features PLUS:

Additional features for software developers, web develops and testers
Advanced networking tools
Support for business cloud services
Premium 24/7 phone and email support after activation

Business Edition

All the Standard and Pro Edition features PLUS:

Centralized administration and management
Unified Volume License Key for mass deployment

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It’s always been astonishing that it’s faster to start up Windows on a Mac with Parallels than a real PC. On my MacBook Air, I’m up and running in Windows in six seconds after I double-click the Parallels icon.

David Pogue
Founder of Yahoo Tech

Frequently Asked Questions

To add Windows or another operating system to your Mac, Parallels Desktop creates a “virtual machine,” or a virtual copy of a computer, inside you Mac. You can then install Windows in the virtual machine, just as you would install any operating system on a regular computer.

System Requirements


  • A Mac® computer with an Intel® Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Intel Core M or Xeon processor
  • 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 by operating system installed)
  • SSD drive is recommended for better performance
  • Internet connection for product activation and select features


  • macOS® High Sierra 10.13
  • macOS® Sierra 10.12.5 or later
  • OS X® El Capitan 10.11.6 or later
  • OS X® Yosemite 10.10.5 or later

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 with the help of the Installation Assistant are supported.

** 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. They are not on the list because we didn't test them in our lab yet or we found some critical issues. You can download Parallels Desktop Trial here and install an operating system of your choice and if it doesn't work and you believe it should be supported, let us know at Parallels Forum.

See all the supported 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
  • External drive storage for migrating via external disk
  • Supported Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000
  • Supported Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Ubuntu 8.0

If you have already installed Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 on your Mac using Boot Camp, you can easily set Parallels Desktop to work with Boot Camp using either of these two options:

1. Set Parallels Desktop to run Windows from the Boot Camp Partition
2. Import Windows and your data from Boot Camp into Parallels Desktop

Parallels supports a wide array of operating systems, including: macOS, OS X, Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, Linux, and Google Chrome. You can run just about anything on your Mac!

Migrate your existing Windows OS from a PC, download a trial, or purchase a new license during your installation of Parallels Desktop.

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