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Parallels Desktop

How is Parallels® Desktop different than VMware Fusion?

  • Trusted desktop virtualization software for more than 15 years!
  • Install Windows and Linux on your Intel or Apple M1 Mac
  • Smooth Windows UI and video playback
  • Optimized for macOS Monterey and Windows 11
  • Much easier to set up and use
  • Premium 24/7 phone and email support
  • Includes Parallels Toolbox to boost productivity

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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
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

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
Parallels Desktop 17

macOS Monterey Support

Parallels Desktop 17 is optimized for the latest macOS 12 Monterey with improved Drag-and-Drop that enables you to easily drop text and images to macOS Monterey Quick Note from Windows applications. Easily install macOS Monterey to a virtual machine via Parallels Desktop 17 Installation Assistant1

Parallels Desktop 17

Optimized for Apple M1 chip

Parallels Desktop 17 has been rebuilt and optimized to run natively on any Mac, be it Intel processor or Apple M1 chip. This release has been engineered to deliver faster Windows, Linux and macOS resume, 6X faster OpenGL graphics performance, and lightning-fast Windows start up on a Mac with Apple M1 chip.

Compare Parallels Desktop Editions

Standard Edition
Optimized for macOS Monterey (when released)
Download and Install Windows
Seamless Mac integration
Use a virtual TPM chip
Disk Space Optimization
Auto Video Memory
Free upgrade to the latest version Subscription only
Disk Space Optimization
Advanced virtual networking tools
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 $79.99Upgrade $49.99
Upgrade $49.99
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Pro Edition
All the Standard Edition features PLUS:
New! Unlink a linked clone to a new VM
New! Improved Microsoft Visual Studio plug-In
Advanced networking tools
Free upgrades to newer versions
Automate with CLI tools
Integrations With Vagrant/Docker/Packer/Minikube
Debug, dump VM or start an SSH session from menu
Manage more VMs: templates, colors, sorting
Convert VM bundles to a single file for transfer or deployment
Rename custom networks
Virtual RAM for each VM* 128GB vRAM
Virtual CPUs for each VM* 32 vCPUs
Microsoft Visual Studio Plug-In
Support for business cloud services
Premium 24/7 phone and email support
Buy $99.99/yrUpgrade $49.99
Upgrade $49.99/yr
Business Edition
All the Standard and Pro Edition features PLUS:
New! Enable employees to download a preconfigured Windows to their Mac (including all Apple M1 chips)
New! Universal binary for single mass deployment to all Mac computers (including all Apple M1 chips)
Centralized administration and management
Unified Volume License Key for mass deployment
Buy $99.99/yr

* Up to 32GB of RAM and 8 CPU on Apple Macs with M1 chips

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

Bonus with Subscription!

Parallels Toolbox

More than 30 one-touch tools—clean your drive, take screenshots, download a video and more—all with just a single 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 Monterey 12 (when released), macOS Big Sur 11, macOS Catalina 10.15, macOS Mojave 10.14, or macOS High Sierra 10.13


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


600 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation


Apple M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips, Intel, AMD Radeon, or NVIDIA


4GB of RAM

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