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How is Parallels Desktop different than VMware Fusion?

  • Trusted desktop virtualization software for more than 15 years!
  • Windows 11 automatic download and installation on your Intel or Apple M-series Mac
  • Works natively on M1 and M2 Mac chips: Coherence View mode, shared folders, copy-paste, drag-drop, camera, etc.
  • Superior graphics in Windows 11 on ARM, including DirectX 11 + vertical sync for playing games, smooth Windows desktop, and ProMotion display support
  • Premium 24/7 support is included in the price
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VMware Fusion
Run multiple OSs at the same time without rebooting Intel and Apple M-series chips
Copy and paste between OSs
Share files between Windows and Mac
Mass deployment package
Virtual TPM
Parallels Desktop
All the VMware Fusion benefits PLUS:
Download and install Windows 11 with a single click  *
One-click download of Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS*, Mint* and Debian
Touch Bar controls for Windows applications
No distractions from Windows in Do Not Disturb mode
Trackpad Zoom and Rotate gesture support for Windows apps
Open files from Finder with Windows applications
Picture-in-Picture view mode when running your virtual machines
Choose to have Windows invisible while still using its applications in Coherence™ Mode
Extend battery life with Travel Mode
macOS Quick Look support in Windows
Automatic disk space optimization
Select productivity, games, design, software testing, or development VM profiles
Rollback Mode
Microsoft Visual Studio plug-in
Compress VM to a single file for a convenient upload and sharing
Premium 24/7 phone and email support
Remote access to your Mac from any iOS/Android device or browser
Over 40 one-click tools—clean your drive, take screenshots, download a video and more
Download corporate VM from the cloud
Deploy in a Single App Mode
Add Windows apps to the Dock during deployment
Advanced security settings

Trusted by More Than 7 Million Users and Praised by Experts

“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, The New York Times
“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, PCMag.com
“The latest version of Parallels, the popular Windows virtualization tool for Mac OS X, almost feels like its trolling Apple.”Engadget

Next Generation

Optimized for Windows 11 and macOS Ventura, Parallels Desktop continues to stay up to date so you can keep working without interruption—even when a new macOS, Windows, or Linux release pops up.

Work Smarter

Work Smarter

Run classic Intel-based (x86) Windows apps on your M-series Mac. With more than 200,000 Windows-only apps supported, we have you covered.

Support for macOS Ventura

Support for macOS Ventura

Parallels Desktop supports mac OS Ventura (when released), macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur 11, macOS Catalina 10.15, and macOS Mojave 10.14.

Compare Parallels Desktop Editions

Standard Edition
Optimized for macOS Ventura (when released)
Download and Install Windows 11* in one click
Seamless Mac integration
New! Use game controller in Windows with no setup
Disk Space Optimization
Free upgrade to the latest version Subscription only
Virtual RAM for each VM 8GB vRAM
Virtual CPUs for each VM* 4 vCPUs
Premium 24/7 phone and email support Subscription only
Buy From $99.99Upgrade $69.99
Upgrade $69.99
Most Popular
Pro Edition
All the Standard Edition features PLUS:
New! Manage macOS VM via CLI (on Apple M-series Mac)
Visual Studio plug-In for remote debugging and profiling
Advanced virtual networking tools
Free upgrades to newer versions
Automate with CLI tools
New! Automate with CLI tools + CLI for macOS VM on Apple M-series Mac
Integrations With Vagrant/Docker/Packer/Minikube
Debug, dump VM or start an SSH session from menu
Manage more VMs: templates, colors, sorting
Virtual RAM for each VM 128GB vRAM
Virtual CPUs for each VM* 32 vCPUs
Premium 24/7 phone and email support
Buy $119.99 /yrUpgrade $69.99
Upgrade $69.99 /yr
Business Edition
All the Standard and Pro Edition features PLUS:
Enable employees to download a preconfigured Windows to their Mac
New! Per user licensing option for companies that are ready to use SSO/SAML/SCIM integration
Centralized administration and management
Unified Volume License Key for mass deployment
Buy $149.99/yr

* Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise
** Up to 18 CPU on Apple with M-series chips

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Included with your Parallels Desktop subscription:
Parallels® Toolbox + Parallels® Access

Bonus with Subscription!

Parallels Toolbox

More than 40 one-touch tools—clean your drive, take screenshots, download a video, and more—all with one click.

Bonus with Subscription!

Parallels Access

Remote access to your Mac from any iOS device, Android device, or browser with Parallels Access.

Frequently Asked Questions

System Requirements

Operating System

macOS Ventura 13.2 or newer
macOS Monterey 12.6 or newer
macOS Big Sur 11.7 or newer
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer


Apple M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2, M1 Ultra, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 chips
Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor


600 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation


Apple M2, M1 Ultra, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 chips
Intel, AMD Radeon, or NVIDIA graphics cards


4GB of RAM

*Features that are only available on Mac computers with Intel processors are marked with an asterisk (*).