Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition

Parallels Desktop Pro Edition

Run Windows and macOS® simultaneously on a Mac®

  • Run multiple operating systems without rebooting
  • Use different versions of Linux
  • Test in multiple browsers, including Internet Explorer versions
  • Validate web apps in any browser on any OS
  • Test software in an isolated environment

Design, develop and test on your Mac.
No need for a separate development machine.

More Power!

Designed with developers, power users, and other demanding professionals in mind. Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition gives you more processing power, with up to 128 GB of virtual RAM allocated to your VM and up to 32 virtual CPUs.

Multiple Browsers

Have Internet Explorer 9, 10, 11 and Microsoft Edge right on your dev machine—and all running at the same time. Run incompatible browsers in separate installations of Windows in separate VMs. Plus, test in all of them simultaneously using your favorite web development tool (Dreamweaver, WordPress, Microsoft Expression and more) to make changes to your site. If you regularly use multiple IE versions, try out the Launch tool in Parallels® Toolbox to launch them all at once and save time. (Parallels Toolbox is included with your purchase of Parallels Desktop Pro Edition.)

Do more with Parallels Desktop Pro Edition

Standard Edition
Download and install Windows 10 in one click
Ready for macOS Big Sur (11.0)
Disk Space Optimization
Auto Video Memory
Free upgrade to the latest version *
Customize Touch Bar for Windows applications

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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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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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VM Upload and Transfer

Save time and reduce the bandwidth required for uploading and transferring large virtual machine (VM) files by converting a VM bundle into a single file. Now it’s just an easy upload when transferring to a new Mac.

Develop Menu

Access the Develop menu by selecting “Software Development” as your VM profile, or by enabling “Show Developer Tools” in your VM configuration. From the menu bar, select Develop> and choose from the following tools.

Start SSH Session

Quickly start an SSH session with your VM. This command requires an SSH server running on your VM; calls 'ssh <vm_ip>' command in Terminal.

Open in Browser

Test and open your website in one click.

Start Debugging Session

Start a debugging session directly from Parallels Desktop. Note: Parallels Desktop supports lldb as a debugging front end. It should be installed with the XCode command line tools or XCode.

Generate a Core Dump

Generate the VM memory dump.

Visual Studio Plugin

Debug in a safe, isolated environment. The Parallels plugin for Visual Studio allows you to develop software in one virtual machine and test it in others with just one click. To start remote debugging of your project, build the project and test it locally. Then click Parallels > Start Debugging in the VM and select the virtual machine you need.

  1. In the virtual machine with Visual Studio, navigate to the directory where Parallels Tools are installed. In most cases, it is C:\Application Files (x86)\Parallels\Parallels Tools\DevTools.
  2. Double-click the VMDebugHelper.vsix file. The plugin for Visual Studio will be installed automatically.

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Developer Tool Integration

Vagrant Provider

Download the ready-to-use environment in seconds. Save time with one command: Vagrant Up. If you use Vagrant Share by Hashicorp, grant access to your VM via SSH or HTTP.

Command Line Interface

Use (prlctl, prlsrvctl), to control Parallels Desktop for Mac and virtual machines, their settings, and configuration. Autocompletion for prlctl and prlsrvctl commands in bash.* Allow passing arguments to VM applications.
*bash completion should be installed on Mac.

Jenkins

Run your builds in VMs by initiating and managing with Jenkins. Build OS X and iOS apps with Jenkins and continuous integration (CI). With the Jenkins plugin, Parallels Desktop VMs are launched dynamically whenever they are needed to build jobs, and then suspended during idle time for high-density usage of resources.

Nested Hyper-V Support

Parallels Desktop provides nested virtualization support (VT-X technology) that allows you to run Hyper-V and other types of virtual machines and emulators inside.

Docker

Docker Machine Parallels Driver allows you to create Docker hosts locally on Parallels Desktop.

Chef

Quick identification for recipes created from within Parallels VMs.

Test a Beta OS or Update

Take advantage of future public beta OSes from Apple and Microsoft without risking your data. Install a beta macOS or beta Windows release in a virtual machine safely on your Mac.

New update or upgrade released? First test it out in a VM. Save snapshots of a virtual machine. If something goes wrong, you can revert the changes back to any of your snapshots and continue working with the guest OS. Plus, the SmartGuard functionality in Parallells Desktop allows you to automate snapshots’ creation.

Download Pre-Built VMs

If you don't have enough time to create a new virtual machine with the required configuration, you can download a ready-to-use one with a predefined configuration.

Simply choose File > New and select from the “Free Systems” section. Pre-built VMs include a full Windows 10 Development Environment with Visual Studio and other tools pre-installed, a wide variety of Windows versions with different IE and Edge browsers pre-installed, Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Linux, CentOS Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, Mint Linux, and Android virtual machines.

  • Pro Edition supports up to 32 virtual (v)CPUs and 128 GB of Vram (per VM) and enables nested virtualization, PMU virtualization, and guest OS debugging support.
  • Works with OS X®, Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, Boot Camp®, Google Chrome™, Linux and Unix, and macOS® Server.
  • Optimized for macOS Mojave (10.14) and Windows 10 updates.
  • Develop in one VM and test in others with just one click using the plugin for Visual Studio.
  • Assign a drive letter to shared folders.
  • Create executable files in the Mac folders shared with Windows.
  • Create and manage your virtual machines via the command line interface.
  • Run VMs as background processes without the GUI displayed on the Mac desktop (Headless mode).
  • Share Windows network drives with Mac.
  • Download Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Linux, CentOS Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, Mint Linux, Chromium OS, and Android virtual machines.
  • Check websites in different versions of Internet Explorer on different versions of Windows.
  • Optimize VM settings and performance with Software Development, Software Testing, and Design profiles.
  • Open your website in one click for testing with “Open in Browser” menu.
  • Color code VMs from the Context menu to distinguish them from one another.
  • Generate a VM memory dump from Parallels Desktop.
  • Start Windows in Rollback Mode if you don't want Windows to store the changes you made to it during the working session.
  • Quickly start SSH session with your VM.
  • Enable nested virtualization to install and work in Android emulator for Visual Studio, iPhone® emulator for Visual Studio, Xamarin.Android, Android Studio, Embarcadero RAD Studio, and Docker for Windows.
  • Integrate with Office 365.
  • Support for OpenGL.
  • Use a single cloud storage space between Mac and Windows.
  • Create development environments in a virtual machine, and easily back up, share, or restore it.
  • Use the Parallels Vagrant plugin to work with reproducible and portable work environments.
  • Use linked clones in the Vagrant plugin to create new boxes fast and use disk space efficiently.
  • Use Command Line Interface tools to control Parallels Desktop and VMs, including their settings and configuration.
  • Use bash completion for Parallels CLI tools.
  • Natively manage your Docker VMs, manipulate your VM with SSH or the command line, and support linked clones and VM templates.
  • Test different connectivity issues with an enhanced network editor; simulate an unstable network connection or limit network bandwidth in a VM.
  • Set a delay for a VM start (on Mac or Parallels Desktop).
  • Set a custom icon for every VM.
  • Resolve DNS requests from VM using info in /etc/resolver.
  • Use port forwarding to pass traffic from a Mac port to a VM or IP address and desired port.
  • Use VM names as their DNS names.
  • Use tcpdump with virtual networks.
  • Create custom host-only networks.
  • Sort VMs in Control Center.
  • Access Pro tools from the menu: SSH, WEB, DBG, DUMP.
  • Use NetBoot for macOS VMs.
  • Archive/unarchive VMs in Control Center.
  • Limit VM resource usage.
  • Use 8.3 filenames for Shared Folders.
  • Use EFI Secure Boot.
  • Support for mmap() in Linux Shared Folders.
  • Premium 24/7 phone, email, and social support after activation.
  • Bonus! Includes Parallels Access®, the easiest way to remotely access your computer from anywhere.
  • Bonus! Includes Parallels® Toolbox with over 30 one-touch tools. Clean your drive, take screenshots, and more.

“Parallels allows me to run a full development environment on Windows, including SQL Server, Analysis Services Server, Visual Studio, and SQL Management console simultaneously…”

Tim Goldstein, Senior Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse, OLTP, ETL Architect & Developer

System Requirements

Operating System

macOS Big Sur 11.0 (when released), macOS Catalina 10.15, macOS Mojave 10.14, or macOS High Sierra 10.13

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor

Storage

500 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation

Graphics

Intel, AMD Radeon, or NVIDIA

Memory

4GB of RAM

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