Parallels Inc.

Parallels Desktop®
for Mac

Run Windows On Your Mac

The fastest, easiest, most powerful way to run Windows on your Mac—without rebooting!

  • Run thousands of Windows programs on your Mac
  • Moving from PC to Mac is easier than ever
  • Reuse an existing Bootcamp partition
  • Includes Parallels Toolbox–essential utilities for your Mac
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Loved By Over 5 Million People & Praised By Experts

All Editions Contain These Must-Have Features

Run thousands of Windows apps like Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Access, Quicken, QuickBooks, Visual Studio, even graphic intensive games and CAD programs without compromising on performance or rebooting. Parallels Desktop 12 is fully optimized for Windows 10 and macOS Sierra. 

Run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side
Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes allow you full control of the level of integration between Mac and Windows.

Moving from PC to a Mac has never been this easy
Easily transfer everything on your current PC–operating system, documents, applications, games, even your internet browser favorites –over to your Mac in a snap.

Streamlined Windows Installation
Installing Windows on your Mac has never been so simple. The easy to use and intuitive Wizard walks you through the complete setup, including the purchase of a Windows 10 license, if needed.

Already using Boot Camp?
Easily convert your existing Windows Boot Camp partition to a new Parallels Desktop virtual machine.

Not just for Windows
Run a wide array of operating systems including macOS, Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, Linux, Google Chrome, and more.

Lightning Fast Performance
Resource-hungry Windows applications run effortlessly without slowing down your Mac, and Microsoft® Office is faster than ever.

One-click tuning
One-click optimization of virtual machine settings makes it easy to get the performance you need.

Pro Edition’s Extra Features

Designed with developers, power users, and other demanding professionals in mind. The Pro edition gives you more processing power, up to 64 GB vRAM and 16 vCPUs per virtual machine. Includes built-in debugging tools, headless mode for virtual machines, nested virtualization, roll back mode, and support for popular development tools like Visual Studio, Vagrant, Jenkins, and more. Complimentary 24/7 phone and email support included.

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Business Edition’s Extra Features

Designed for use in work settings, the Parallels Desktop Business Edition includes all the Pro features plus 24/7 premium email and phone support. It enables easy centralized administration, mass deployment capabilities, a license management portal, and advanced security controls.

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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 for macOS Sierra
  • Includes smart & simple one-touch tools
  • 500 GB incremental online free backup*
    (for 1 year)
  • 8GB vRAM / 4 vCPUs for each VM
  • 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 for macOS Sierra
  • Includes smart & simple one-touch tools
  • 500 GB incremental online free backup*
    (for 1 year)
  • 64GB vRAM / 16 vCPUs for each VM
  • 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 for macOS Sierra
  • Includes smart & simple one-touch tools
  • 500 GB incremental online free backup*
    (for 1 year)
  • 64GB vRAM / 16 vCPUs for each VM
  • 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

One-touch Tools

Imagine having a set of tools, with no complicated settings, to simplify everyday tasks.

Take a screenshot with a simple click, secure private files with a password, download a favorite video from YouTube or Facebook with little fuss, easily record a screencast, or keep your Mac from sleeping with the push of a button.

Now, with Parallels Desktop 12 including Parallels Toolbox, you can do all of that and more, with one click!

Innovation

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is fully optimized for macOS Sierra—as a host or guest OS. With new retina display support, enjoy smart resizing and independent screen resolutions for separate displays.

Seamless Office 365 Integration now allows Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents in Safari to open in their native Windows Office app.

Distraction free presentation mode for both Mac and Windows, including Keep Mac Awake, Hide Desktop Files, Do Not Disturb, and Start in Full Screen quick modes.

Now with 500 GB of free online storage for one year, powered by Acronis.

More Reasons to Upgrade

Increased Performance
Access shared folders up to 25% faster, suspend is up to 60% faster, taking snapshots is up to 25% faster, and battery life is extended by more than 10%.

Fast Incremental Backup With Acronis True Image
One-year subscription for Acronis True Image with up to 500 GB of cloud backup storage and fast incremental backups.

Security
Easily and quickly archive and password-protect files on both Mac and Windows.

macOS Sierra Optimized Storage Plug-in
Integration with upcoming macOS Sierra storage optimization feature. Lets you view and control your Parallels Desktop VM storage natively.

Store Passwords in Mac keychain
Lets you store and manage all of your passwords, including Windows, Internet Explorer®, and Microsoft Edge, in your native Mac keychain.

Seamless Office 365® Integration
Word, Excel®, or PowerPoint® documents in Safari® will now open in the native Windows Office app.

Do Not Disturb Mode for Mac and Windows
Increases your productivity by temporarily disabling all distractions, including application and OS notifications, and preventing your Mac from going to sleep. 

EXE File Icons in Finder
Windows EXE file icons now show in the Finder.

Schedule Windows Updates
Schedule Windows updates for when you want, and avoid annoying notifications and unexpected Windows restarts.

Retina Support
Retina® display support with smart resizing and independent screen resolutions for separate displays.

Always Ready
Parallels Desktop is ready when you are. Open Windows applications or documents up to three times faster, even if you’ve quit Parallels Desktop, with no additional CPU use.

Alarm, Stopwatch, and Timer
A set of handy, easy-to-use time management tools to keep you productive and on task.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Customers who purchased and activated Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac between August 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016 are eligible for an upgrade to Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac at no charge. Eligible customers can find the upgrade key at account.parallels.com. For complete details on the Tech Guarantee 2016, please visit this page.
  2. For information on how you receive your no-charge upgrade key for Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, please visit KB123874.
  3. Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac End-of-Life statement is located at KB123875.
  1. Does Windows come pre-installed with Parallels Desktop for Mac? Windows is not included with your purchase of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Windows can be purchased directly from Microsoft or retail stores. Please visit KB9003 for additional information.
  2. Will Parallels run on my current Mac hardware? A full list of system and hardware requirements can be found here
  3. Can I use my license on multiple Macs? Parallels licenses are valid only on one Mac per license. For more information, please reference http://www.parallels.com/about/eula/.
  4. Do you have discounts for Students/Education Staff/offer academic licenses? Yes. For more information on Education licenses, please visit KB113630.
  5. Is there a trial version of Parallels Desktop for Mac I can evaluate before purchasing? Yes, Parallels offers a free 14 day trial at http://trial.parallels.com/
  6. What bonus software comes with Parallels Desktop for Mac? Visit KB123869
  1. To install or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac see KB123891.
  2. To install Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac visit KB4729.
  3. To upgrade Parallels Desktop to Pro Edition see KB123159.
  4. To register Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac see KB123867.
  5. To activate your full license copy of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac see KB123864 .
  6. To activate your Parallels Desktop 12 copy with an upgrade license see KB123866.
  1. How do I install Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac?
    The instructions can be found at KB4729.
  2. How do I launch Windows from Parallels Desktop for Mac?
    See KB115170.
  3. Can I migrate my current Windows PC to a Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machine? 
  4. Yes, for instructions on how to migrate your Windows PC, visit KB115007.
  5. How to install Quicken, MS Office or other software in Windows virtual machine?
    See KB119310.
  6. What are the Parallels Desktop sharing tools?
    See KB122567.
  7. What is Coherence Mode?
    See KB4670.
  1. Learn more about benefits of Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition in KB123296.
  2. If you would like to upgrade your current Parallels Desktop copy to Pro Edition, visit KB123159 for more information.
  3. To register Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Pro Edition see KB123867.
  4. To activate your full license copy of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Pro Edition see KB123864.
  5. For instructions on upgrade to Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Pro Edition from previous versions see KB123866.
  1. What is Parallels Toolbox?
  2. Visit KB123903 to learn about the product.
  3. How can I get Parallels Toolbox?
    See KB123902.
  4. How do I install Parallels Toolbox?
    Visit KB123904.
  1. The previous version product key is not accepted.
    See KB123361.
  2. I lost my Parallels Desktop for Mac key. How do I retrieve it?
    See KB115424.
  3. How can I improve virtual machine performance on my Mac?
    See KB112091 .
  4. A program for Windows does not work: troubleshooting third-party software issues.
    See KB112983.
  5. I am unable to start Windows: troubleshooting virtual machine startup issues.
    See KB113964.
  6. Network problems in the virtual machine.
    See KB8978.

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Home Edition

For Home & Student Use

Full License

  • Current version only
  • Not eligible for free upgrades

Pro Edition

For Developers, Testers, & Power Users

Yearly Subscription

  • FREE upgrades to newer versions
  • Remote access to your Mac from any iOS/Android device or a browser
  • Cancel your subscription at anytime

Business Edition

For Use in Business Environments

Yearly Subscription

  • FREE upgrades to newer versions
  • Centralized administration and management
  • Single Key across all installations
  • Cancel your subscription at anytime