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Parallels Desktop

  • #1 choice of Mac users for over 14 years
  • Industry-leading graphics performance
  • 10x faster working with Mac files in Windows
  • Supports more computers and macOS versions
  • Much easier to set up and use
  • Includes Parallels Toolbox to boost productivity
  • Optimized for the latest Windows 10 updates, macOS Catalina and macOS Big Sur 11
VMware Fusion
Run multiple OSes at the same time without rebooting Intel only
Copy and paste between OSes
Share files between Windows and Mac
Mass deployment package
Virtual TPM*
Parallels Desktop
All the VMware Fusion benefits PLUS:
Download and install Windows 10 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 10 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
FREE Vagrant Provider support
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 30 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

Over 7 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, PCMag.com
“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
“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!”


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

Bonus with

Remote Access

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

Bonus with

Parallels Toolbox

Over 30 one-touch tools—clean your drive, screenshots, download a video and more—with just a single click.

Compare Parallels Desktop Editions

Standard Edition
Download and install Windows 10 in one click*
Optimized for macOS Big Sur 11
Disk Space Optimization
Auto Video Memory
Free upgrade to the latest version 1
Customize Touch Bar for Windows applications

1 with Subscription

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Pro Edition
All the Standard Edition features PLUS:
Advanced networking tools
Free upgrades to newer versions
Integration With Chef/Ohai/Docker/Vagrant
Convert VM bundles to a single file for transfer or deployment
Convert VM bundles to a single file for deployment
Convert VM bundles to a single file for transfer
Rename custom networks
Microsoft Visual Studio plug-In*
Debug, dump VM or start an SSH session from menu
Support for business cloud services
Premium 24/7 phone and email support
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Upgrade $49.99/yr
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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#1 choice of Mac Users to Run Windows On Mac

System Requirements

Operating System

macOS Big Sur 11, macOS Catalina 10.15, macOS Mojave 10.14, or macOS High Sierra 10.13


Apple M1 chip, 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 M1 chip, Intel, AMD Radeon, or NVIDIA


4GB of RAM

Frequently Asked Questions

Run Windows On Mac

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