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Parallels Desktop for Mac Student and Educator Edition

Students save up to 50% on the Standard or Pro version of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Run Windows on your Intel or Apple M-series Mac without rebooting. Includes 40+ one-touch tools to simplify everyday tasks.

£99.99/yr £49.99/yr
£89.99/yr £44.99/yr
New Features

20+ powerful new features to boost performance and productivity.

M-series chip

Optimized for Intel, Apple M-series chips, and MacOS Ventura.

200,000 Windows apps

Run more than 200,000 Windows apps on your Mac, without rebooting.

Virtual machine

Convert your existing PC to a virtual machine.

How to get your student discount

Choose your version

1. Choose your version

Review the compare chart and select Standard or Pro based on your needs. Click 'BUY NOW'.

Verify you’re a student

2. Verify you’re a student

Find and select your school’s name. Login with your credentials.

Checkout

3. Checkout

Your discount will be applied in the cart.

Download and get started

4. Download and get started

Your Parallels subscription will be sent to your email address.

Compare Editions

Standard Edition
Optimized for macOS Ventura (when released)
Download and Install Windows 11 in one click
Seamless Mac integration
New! Use game controller in Windows with no setup
Disk Space Optimization
Free upgrade to the latest version Subscription only
Virtual RAM for each VM 8 GB vRAM
Virtual CPUs for each VM* 4 vCPUs
Premium 24/7 phone and email support Subscription only
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Pro Edition
All the Standard Edition features PLUS:
New! Manage macOS VM via CLI (on Apple M-series Mac)
Visual Studio plug-In for remote debugging and profiling
Advanced virtual networking tools
Free upgrades to newer versions
Automate with CLI tools
New! Automate with CLI tools + CLI for macOS VM on Apple M-series Mac
Integrations With Vagrant/Docker/Packer/Minikube
Debug, dump VM or start an SSH session from menu
Manage more VMs: templates, colors, sorting
Virtual RAM for each VM 128 GB vRAM
Virtual CPUs for each VM* 32 vCPUs
Premium 24/7 phone and email support
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New! Parallels Desktop 18

Get up to a 50% discount on Parallels, packed with more than 20 powerful, must-have features to boost performance and optimized for macOS Ventura, Intel, and Apple M-series chips.

Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac
System Requirements

Run most applications such as Microsoft Office, accounting software, trading software, SAP, Matlab, and more.
Internet connection is required for product activation, updates, and select features.

Processor

Apple M2, M1 Ultra, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 chips, Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, 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*

Graphics

Apple M2, M1 Ultra, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 chips Intel, AMD Radeon, or NVIDIA graphics cards

Operating System

macOS Ventura 13.0 (when released)
macOS Monterey 12.4 or newer
macOS Big Sur 11.6.7 or newer
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer

*Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows OS)

For graphics-intensive applications, high loads, and running multiple, virtual machines.
Internet connection is required for product activation, updates, and select features.

Processor

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

Memory

16 GB of RAM or more

Storage

SSD drive

Graphics

Apple M2, M1 Ultra, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 chips AMD Radeon Pro graphics card

Operating System

macOS Ventura 13.0 (when released)
macOS Monterey 12.4 or newer
macOS Big Sur 11.6.7 or newer

Supported Guest Operating Systems (Mac with Apple M chip):

Only ARM versions of operating systems are supported.

  • Windows 11 (recommended)
  • Ubuntu Linux 22.04, 21.10, 21.04, 20.10, 20.04
  • Fedora Workstation 36, 35, 34, 33-1.2
  • Debian GNU/Linux 11, 10
  • Kali Linux 2022.2, 2022.1, 2021.3
  • macOS Monterey 12 (in-app download)
  • macOS Ventura 13 (when released)

Supported Guest Operating Systems (Mac with Intel processors):

Only x86 versions of operating systems are supported.

  • Windows 11 (recommended)
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2022
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 7 (SP0-SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP0-SP3)
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Boot2Docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9,8 and 7
  • CentOS Linux 9 Stream, 8, 7
  • Fedora Linux 36, 35, 34, 33
  • Ubuntu 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 15.2, 15.1, 15
  • Linux Mint 20, 19
  • Kali 2022.2, 2022.1, 2020.2, 2019, 2018
  • Elementary OS 6, 5
  • Manjaro 21, 19, 18
  • Mageia 8, 7
  • Gentoo Linux **
  • Solaris 11, 10 **
  • openBSD 6 **
  • FreeBSD 12, 11 **
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2, 1.2 **
  • ReactOS 0.4 **
  • Android OS *
  • macOS Monterey 13.0 (when released)
  • macOS Monterey 12.0
  • macOS Big Sur 11.0
  • macOS Catalina 10.15
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.x
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.x
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.x
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.x
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
  • and many more...
  • * — Only the version downloaded with help of the Installation Assistant with Parallels Desktop.
    ** — 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.
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.
Parallels Tools for Linux require X Window System version 1.15-1.20 and Linux Kernel version 2.6.29-5.18 RC1.

How to switch from PC to Mac?

You can move your files from Windows PC using Apple Migration Assistant. To move your Windows apps, you can use the Parallels Transporter feature.

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How to switch from PC to Mac

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