Welcome to Parallels Desktop

Getting Started

1. Download Parallels Desktop® 13 for Mac

  • If you haven’t already downloaded Parallels Desktop, you can download here
  • Locate the “ParallelsDesktop####.dmg” file in your Downloads folder and double-click the disk image file.
  • Double-click the Install icon and follow the on-screen instructions.

2. Install

There are several ways to install Windows, Linux, or other supported operating system in a virtual machine. Take a look at our most popular options:


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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