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Technical Documentation & Resources

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Documentation

What's New in Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac PDF | RTF
Getting Started with Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac PDF
Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac User's Guide HTML | PDF | ZIP
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition Command-Line Reference PDF | ZIP
Parallels Python API Reference PDF | ZIP
Parallels C API Reference CHM | PDF | ZIP
Parallels Transporter Agent User's Guide PDF
Parallels Virtualization SDK Programmer's Guide HTML | CHM | PDF | ZIP

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Readme for Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac PDF | RTF
Getting Started with Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac PDF
Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac User's Guide HTML | PDF | ZIP
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition Command-Line Reference PDF | ZIP
Parallels Python API Reference HTML | PDF | ZIP
Parallels C API Reference HTML | CHM | PDF | ZIP
Parallels Transporter Agent User's Guide PDF
Parallels Virtualization SDK Programmer's Guide HTML | CHM | PDF | ZIP

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Readme for Parallels Desktop RTF | PDF
Getting Started with Parallels Desktop PDF
Parallels Desktop User's Guide HTML | PDF | ZIP
Parallels Transporter Agent User's Guide PDF
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition Command-Line Reference PDF | ZIP
Parallels Python API Reference PDF | HTML | ZIP
Parallels C API Reference PDF | CHM | HTML | ZIP
Parallels Virtualization SDK Programmer's Guide PDF | CHM | HTML | ZIP

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Readme for Parallels Desktop RTF | PDF
Getting Started with Parallels Desktop PDF
Parallels Desktop User's Guide HTML | PDF | ZIP
Parallels Transporter Agent User's Guide PDF
Parallels Python API Reference PDF | HTML | ZIP
Parallels C API Reference PDF | CHM | HTML | ZIP
Parallels Virtualization SDK Programmer's Guide PDF | CHM | HTML | ZIP

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See Parallels Desktop in Action

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System Requirements

Hardware:

  • A Mac® computer with an Intel® Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Intel Core M or Xeon processor
  • 4 GB of memory (8 GB recommended)
  • 850 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation
  • Additional disk space for virtual machines (varies by operating system installed)
  • SSD drive is recommended for better performance
  • Internet connection for product activation and select features

Software:

  • macOS® High Sierra 10.13
  • macOS® Sierra 10.12.5 or later
  • OS X® El Capitan 10.11.6 or later
  • OS X® Yosemite 10.10.5 or later

Guest Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, SP0
  • Windows 7 SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Home SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6
  • Windows NT 4.0 Workstation SP6
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 3.11
  • MS-DOS 6.22
  • Red Hat Enterprise 7.x, 6.x, 5.x
  • Fedora Linux 22, 21, 20, 19
  • Ubuntu 16.04, 15.10, 15.04, 14.10, 14.04, 13.10, 13.04, 12.04, 12.04 LTS, 10.04 LTS
  • CentOS Linux 7.0, 6.x, 5.x
  • Debian Linux 8.x, 7.x
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 11 SP3, SP2
  • OpenSUSE Linux 13.2, 13.1, 12.3
  • Linux Mint 17.2, 17, 16, 13
  • Mageia 5, 4.1, 3
  • Solaris 11, 10
  • FreeBSD 10.1, 10, 9.x, 8.x
  • OS/2 Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation 2.x, 1.2
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Android OS*
  • Chrome OS*

*Only appliances downloaded with the help of the Installation Assistant are supported.

** Parallels tools are not available for this operating system.

Note: Parallels Desktop for Mac emulates PC hardware, so operating systems that are not present in this list can work as well. They are not on the list because we didn't test them in our lab yet or we found some critical issues. You can download Parallels Desktop Trial here and install an operating system of your choice and if it doesn't work and you believe it should be supported, let us know at Parallels Forum.

See all the supported guest Operating Systems

Move your PC?

  • 700 MHz (or higher) x86 or x64 processor (Intel or AMD)
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 50 MB of available hard disk space for installation of Parallels Transporter Agent
  • Ethernet or WiFi network adapter for migrating over network
  • External drive storage for migrating via external disk
  • Supported Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000
  • Supported Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Ubuntu 8.0