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Parallels Desktop for Mac
Student Edition

Students save 50% on this special academic version of Parallels Desktop

  • Run thousands of Windows programs side-by-side on your Mac without rebooting
  • Save money and avoid buying a second computer to run PC programs
  • Easily convert your existing PC to a virtual machine, or install a new
  • Includes Parallels® Toolbox: 40+ one-click productivity tools to help with take quick screenshots, minimize distractions, or download video and audio from the web
  • Includes premium 24/7 support via phone and email for 30 days

Are you a student who owns a Mac computer but needs to run a Microsoft Windows program?

As a student, you may be up to your ears in financial costs associated with finishing school. You can reduce your hardware costs and avoid purchasing a PC with Parallels Desktop® for Mac. No need to buy an additional computer to pass a class.

By utilizing Parallels Desktop, millions of users go beyond the limitations of hardware to achieve their goals. Save precious money and time by running Windows on your Mac without rebooting.

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Fast, Powerful and Easy

Run thousands of Windows apps like Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Access, Quicken, QuickBooks, Visual Studio, even graphic intensive games and CAD programs without compromising on performance or rebooting.


“This product is excellent. Being able to have Mac and Windows run simultaneously is great; you get the best of both worlds!”

- David H.,
Aerospace Systems Student

“Parallels Desktop is stable and agile. Running MacOS and Windows at the same time instead of using Boot Camp is seamless.”

- Kristian K.,
Economics Student

“Parallels works very well. I love having the shared drive with MacOS and the ability to use Coherence Mode which makes running Windows apps for my programming classes so simple.”

- Christopher P.,
Computer Science Student

Frequently Asked Questions

Parallels® Desktop 17 for Mac System Requirements

Supported Mac Configurations

To run most applications such as Microsoft Office, accounting, trading, SAP, Matlab, and more.
Best Performance
For graphics-intensive applications, high loads, and running multiple virtual machines.
Processor Apple M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips, Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor Apple M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips chip, Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 or Xeon processor
Memory 4 GB of RAM 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 10)
SSD drive
Graphics Apple M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips
Intel, AMD Radeon, or NVIDIA graphics cards
Apple M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips
AMD Radeon Pro graphics card
Operating System macOS Monterey 12.0.1 or newer (when released)
macOS Big Sur 11.6 or newer
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer
macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or newer
macOS Monterey 12.0.1 or newer (when released)
macOS Big Sur 11.6 or newer
DirectX 11 requires at least macOS Mojave 10.14, but works best on macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer.
Internet connection is required for product activation, updates, and select features.

Supported Guest Operating Systems (Mac with Apple M1 chip):

Only ARM versions of operating systems are supported.

  • Windows 11 on ARM (recommended)
  • Ubuntu Linux 21.10, 21.04, 20.10, 20.04
  • Fedora Workstation 35, 34, 33-1.2
  • Debian GNU/Linux 11, 10.7
  • Kali Linux 2021.3, 2021.2, 2021.1
  • macOS Monterey 12 (in-app download)

Supported Guest Operating Systems (Mac with Intel processors):

  • Windows 11 (recommended)
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2022 (when released)
  • 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) 8,7 and 6
  • CentOS Linux 8, 7, 6
  • Fedora Linux 35, 34, 33, 32, 31
  • Ubuntu 21.10, 21.04, 20.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 11, 10, 9
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 15
  • OpenSUSE Linux 15.2, 15.1, 15
  • Linux Mint 20, 19, 18
  • Kali 2020.2, 2019, 2018
  • Elementary OS 5
  • Manjaro 21, 18
  • Mageia 7
  • Gentoo Linux **
  • Solaris 11, 10 **
  • openBSD 6 **
  • FreeBSD 12, 11 **
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2, 1.2 **
  • ReactOS 0.4 **
  • Android OS *
  • macOS Monterey 12 (when released)
  • macOS Big Sur 11
  • 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 2.6.29-5.12.

Moving Your PC?

PC system requirements to move your PC to your Mac (using Parallels Transporter Agent):

  • 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 USB drive for migrating via external disk
  • Supported Windows: Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 *
  • * — To migrate Windows Vista or older, Transporter Agent from Parallels Desktop 13 should be used.
    Transporter is not available for Mac with Apple M1 chip.