Virtual Machine for Mac

  • Optimized for Windows 11 and macOS Ventura.
  • Run Windows, Linux and macOS without rebooting.
  • Validate web apps in any browser on any OS, all at the same time.
  • Download prebuilt virtual machines (VMs) with preinstalled dev tools.*
  • Test software in isolated VMs with snapshot and rollback support.

Trusted by More Than 7 Million Users and Praised by Experts

“It’s always been astonishing that it’s faster to start up a Parallels PC than a real one. On my MacBook Air, I’m up and running in Windows six seconds after I double-click the Parallels icon.”David Pogue, The New York Times
“Of all the ways to run Windows on a Mac, Parallels Desktop is my favorite because it just works. It's fast, it's reliable, and there's no need to futz about with confusing setting or convoluted setup processes.”Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet
“Unlike Apple’s Boot Camp, Parallels lets you run both operating systems at the same time.”Larry Magid, Forbes
”Parallels Desktop is the easiest, fastest, and most tightly integrated app for running Windows apps or the Windows desktop in Apple OS X.”Edward Mendelson,
“The latest version of Parallels, the popular Windows virtualization tool for Mac OS X, almost feels like its trolling Apple.”Engadget

Parallels Desktop for Mac Features

Whether you need to run Windows programs that don’t have Mac versions, or you are making the switch from PC to Mac and need to transfer your data, Parallels Desktop has you covered.

More Developer Tools to get the job done


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>*bash completion should be installed on Mac.


Download the ready-to-use Parallels virtual machines using Vagrant Parallels Provider. Or create your own boxes and share with your colleagues. Use Vagrant Share to grant access to your VM via SSH or HTTP.

Kubernetes via Minikube

Set up a local Kubernetes cluster using the Minikube driver for Parallels.


Docker Machine Parallels Driver enables you to create Docker hosts using Parallels Desktop. Parallels Desktop virtualization delivers better shared folders and overall performance.


Run your builds in VMs by initiating and managing with Jenkins. Build macOS 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

Nested Hyper-V Support1

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


Create Parallels virtual machines using Parallels Builder.
1 Only on Intel-based Mac computers.

Virtualization on your Mac

Parallels Desktop uses a hardware-assisted virtualization that relies on Intel VT-x technology and allows for simulation of the whole computer. This simulated environment is called a virtual machine (VM) and enables a Virtual PC on your Mac.


Included with your Parallels Desktop subscription:
Parallels® Toolbox + Parallels® Access

Bonus with Subscription!

Parallels Toolbox

More than 40 one-touch tools—clean your drive, take screenshots, download a video, and more—all with one click.

Bonus with Subscription!

Parallels Access

Remote access to your Mac from any iOS device, Android device, or browser with Parallels Access.

Parallels Desktop Pro

Maximum Power to Create & Develop

Designed with developers, power users and other demanding professionals in mind. Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition delivers ultimate processing power, so you can code in Visual Studio, design and build in Autodesk apps, automate in PowerShell, play heavy Windows games, and more—all on a Mac and as easily as on a PC.

Parallels Desktop Pro

Test on Multiple Native Browsers

Run Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge right on your dev machine—and all at the same time. Run incompatible browsers in separate installations of Windows in separate VMs. Plus, create a test environment across the group, 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, explore Parallels® Toolbox to launch them all at once and save time. (Parallels Toolbox is included with your purchase of Parallels Desktop Pro Edition.)

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.

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 8GB vRAM
Virtual CPUs for each VM** 4 vCPUs
Premium 24/7 phone and email support Subscription only
Buy From £89.99 Upgrade £54.99
Upgrade £54.99
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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 128GB vRAM
Virtual CPUs for each VM** 32 vCPUs
Premium 24/7 phone and email support
Buy £99.99 /yrUpgrade £54.99
Upgrade £54.99/yr
Business Edition
All the Standard and Pro Edition features PLUS:
Enable employees to download a preconfigured Windows to their Mac
New! Per user licensing option for companies that are ready to use SSO/SAML/SCIM integration
Centralized administration and management
Unified Volume License Key for mass deployment
Buy £119.99 /yr

* Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise
** Up to 18 CPU on Apple with M-series chips

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Frequently Asked Questions

Due to incompatibility in the software architecture between macOS and Windows, it is not possible to natively run Windows apps on a Mac. Put simply, the macOS can't run .exe files.
Parallels Desktop is an application for Mac that allows you to run Windows and Linux operating systems and applications (or even previous versions of OS X) on your Mac. This is made possible by a specific software technology called desktop virtualization.

System Requirements

Operating System

macOS Ventura 13.2 or newer
macOS Monterey 12.6 or newer
macOS Big Sur 11.7 or newer
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer


Apple M2 Pro, M2 Max, 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


600 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation


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


4GB of RAM

*Features that are only available on Mac computers with Intel processors are marked with an asterisk (*).