Cross-platform testing made easy!

Are you a developer committed to rigorous cross-platform testing on your Mac using Windows or Linux virtual machines?

Your pursuit of efficient and robust testing solutions ends here.

Explore how Parallels Desktop can revolutionize your testing process.

Unleash the power of cross-platform testing on your Mac

Don't let platform differences and network conditions hinder your testing efforts. Take the next step towards comprehensive cross-platform testing success with the first Microsoft-authroized solution.

Comprehensive stress testing

Comprehensive stress testing

Parallels Desktop is engineered for thorough stress testing.

Simulate real-world scenarios and evaluate how your software performs under extreme conditions. Identify vulnerabilities before they become real-world issues.

Network throttling made Easy

Network throttling made Easy

Effortlessly control network conditions to replicate various network scenarios.

Test your applications in slow or unreliable network conditions, ensuring they perform reliably for users in diverse environments.

Isolated network

Isolated network

Achieve complete isolation between your testing environments.

Parallels Desktop allows you to run multiple virtual machines with their dedicated networks, ensuring your tests remain focused and secure.

System snapshots for ultimate flexibility

System snapshots for ultimate flexibility

Capture system snapshots at any stage of your testing process

Easily roll back to a previous state or clone multiple instances for parallel testing. Your environment is at your command.

Performance optimization

Performance optimization

Our technology is designed to harness the full power of your Mac's hardware, ensuring that your virtual machines run smoothly and efficiently, even during resource-intensive testing tasks.

Platform versatility

Platform versatility

Whether you're testing on Windows or Linux, Parallels Desktop supports both, allowing you to ensure your software's reliability across various platforms and operating systems.

Parallels Desktop hosts numerous open-source projects on GitHub. Developers are invited to actively participate in improving and providing feedback on our extensions and tools. We appreciate your contributions to the evolution of Parallels Desktop.

Examples include:

  • Parallels Desktop Visual Studio Code extension
  • Packer Templates and examples
  • Parallels Desktop Command Line scripts
  • AWS Terraform automation
  • Vagrant plugin
  • Parallels Desktop Driver for Docker Machine
Parallels Desktop hosts numerous open-source projects on GitHub
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  • Elevate your cross-platform testing to new heights.
  • Join the community of developers who have discovered the advantages of our platform.
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System requirements

Run most applications such as Microsoft Office, accounting software, trading software, SAP, Matlab, and more.

Operating system

macOS Sonoma 14.0 or newer
macOS Ventura 13.2 or newer
macOS Monterey 12.6 or newer
macOS Big Sur 11.7 or newer[1]
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer[1]
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer[1]

Processor

Any Apple silicon chip
Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor

Memory

4 GB of RAM

Storage

600 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation
Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows OS)

Graphics

Apple M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chips

Intel, AMD Radeon, or NVIDIA graphics cards

[1] — an earlier product version is installed

For graphics-intensive applications, high loads, and running multiple virtual machines.

Operating system

macOS Sonoma 14.0 or newer
macOS Ventura 13.2 or newer
macOS Monterey 12.6 or newer
macOS Big Sur 11.7 or newer[1]
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer[1]
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer[1]

Processor

Apple M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chips
Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 or Xeon processor

Memory

16 GB of RAM or more

Storage

600 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation
Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows OS)

Graphics

Apple M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chips

AMD Radeon Pro graphics card

[1] — an earlier product version is installed

Supported Guest Operating Systems (Mac with Apple silicon):

Only Arm versions of operating systems are supported.

  • Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise editions (recommended)
  • Ubuntu Linux 23.04, 22.04, 21.10, 21.04, 20.10, 20.04
  • Fedora Workstation 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33-1.2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9
  • Debian GNU/Linux 12, 11, 10
  • Kali Linux 2023.1, 2022.2, 2022.1, 2021.3
  • CentOS Stream 9
  • macOS Monterey 12 (in-app download)
  • macOS Ventura 13 (in-app download)
  • macOS Sonoma 14 (in-app download)

Supported guest operating systems (Mac with Intel processors):

Only x86 versions of operating systems are supported.

  • Windows 11 (recommended)
  • Windows 10[1]
  • Windows Server 2022
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Boot2Docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9,8 and 7
  • CentOS Linux 9 Stream, 8, 7
  • Fedora Linux 38 and 37
  • Ubuntu 23.04, 22.04 LTS, 21.10, 21.04, 20.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 11, 10
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 15
  • OpenSUSE Linux 15.5 and 15.4
  • Linux Mint 20
  • Kali 2023.1, 2022.2, 2022.1, 2020.2, 2019, 2018
  • Elementary OS 7
  • Manjaro 22 and 21
  • Mageia 8
  • Gentoo Linux[2]
  • Solaris 11 and 10[2]
  • openBSD 6[2]
  • FreeBSD 12 and 11[2]
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2 and 1.2[2]
  • ReactOS 0.4[2]
  • Android OS (in-app download only)
  • macOS Ventura 13.0[3]
  • macOS Monterey 12.0[3]
  • macOS Big Sur 11.0[3]
  • macOS Catalina 10.15[3]
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.x[3]
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.x[3]
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.x[3]
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.x[3]
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x[3]
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x[3]
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x[3]
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x[3]
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x[3]
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x[3]
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x[3]
  • and many more...
  • [1] — Only the 64-bit version is supported.
  • [2] — Parallels Tools are not available for this operating system.
  • [3] — Requires a Mac computer that supports the operating system as a host OS.

Note: To run legacy Windows OS versions (2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1), download and use Parallels Tools version 18.3.0. Learn more at https://kb.parallels.com/en/129252.
Parallels Desktop for Mac emulates PC hardware, so operating systems that are not present in this list can work as well. You can download the Parallels Desktop trial and install an operating system of your choice. If it doesn’t work and you believe it should be supported, let us know at Parallels Forum.
To learn more about limitations of running Windows 11 in Parallels Desktop, please visit KB 129497.

For information about supported Linux kernel versions, please visit KB 129963.