Parallels Desktop® for Mac is the fastest, easiest, and most powerful application for running Windows® on a Mac®—without rebooting.
Note: Existing Parallels Desktop® for Mac users are not recommended to move to Parallels Desktop App Store Edition.

Installation Assistant helps you to get up and running in a few minutes.
Powerful performance lets you run common Windows applications—like Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Quicken®, Visio or Microsoft® Visual Studio — or easily run the most demanding applications, such as modern Windows games on your Mac (Parallels Desktop is the first app in the world that supported DirectX® 11 in virtual machines).
Brought to you by the world-class developers of the #1-rated Mac virtualization software.

Running virtual machines on a Mac requires an in-app purchase of an auto-renewable subscription (1 year). You can cancel at any time.
There is a fully functional 14-day trial, so you can test Parallels Desktop before you commit.
Note: Microsoft Windows is not included and must be purchased separately.

Guest operating systems:
With Parallels Desktop App Store Edition, you can run the following operating systems in a virtual machine on your Mac:
- Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, and XP
- macOS Catalina 10.15, macOS Mojave 10.14, macOS High Sierra 10.13, macOS Sierra 10.12
- Most Linux distributions

System Requirements:
- Late 2011 or newer Mac
- macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or later
- 4 GB of memory (8 GB recommended/16 GB for best performance)
- 500 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation
- SSD is recommended for best performance
- Additional disk space for virtual machines (varies on operating system installed)

Seamless integration features between Mac and Windows, including productivity boosters built in. These features include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Copy/paste formatted text between macOS, Windows, and Linux
- Drag and drop files between macOS, Windows, and Linux
- Share Mac folders with Windows—including Desktop, Documents, and Downloads—without duplication and saving precious disk space on your Mac
- Resize window to get desired Windows or Linux resolution
- 3D graphics acceleration up to DirectX® 11
- Use Mac printers in Windows
- Connect USB devices to Windows

We want you to be completely satisfied with Parallels Desktop. If you have any feedback, problems or concerns, please contact us at

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What’s New

Version 1.5.0

This is a major update for Parallels Desktop™. We made it more stable, secure and comfortable to use—and it’s compatible with macOS® 10.15 Catalina.
The product has been renamed to Parallels Desktop.
Though some features of Parallels Desktop™ for Mac are still unavailable in this App Store edition, the new version contains the following new features, fixes and improvements.

macOS 10.15 Catalina
-Use “Sign in with Apple” to create a Parallels account.
-Get improved support for Apple Pencil® drawing capabilities when you work with Windows applications on an iPad® using Sidecar.
- Tilt support for Apple Pencil
- Double-tap Apple Pencil to get new Touch Bar™ options
- Toggle between Pen, Eraser and Mouse modes
- Easily take a snip, enable Windows Tablet mode or open the Windows onscreen keyboard from Touch Bar

-With the help of Apple Metal®, Parallels introduces support for DirectX® 11. Now you can run Autodesk 3ds Max 2020, Lumion, ArcGIS Pro 2.3, products from MasterSeries and more.
-Play popular games including Madden NFL 19, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Anno 2205, Railway Empire, Space Engineers, Frostpunk, Risk of Rain 2 and many more.
-DirectX 3D graphics are now accelerated by the Apple Metal engine.
-Enjoy enhanced compatibility with new Linux distributions due to Virtio GPU. This supports sliding mouse (Parallels Desktop captures the mouse cursor), dynamic resolution (the screen resolution changes dynamically if you resize the virtual machine window) and multimonitor support—even without Parallels Tools.

-Some applications can use DirectX 11 and thus are much faster, compared to being unusably slow in previous versions.
-3D graphics are up to 15% faster.
-User interface is more responsive.

-Support for non-volatile memory express (NVMe) disk controller—the next generation of storage controllers. NVMe is more virtualization friendly and effective than Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI). NVMe leverages not just solid-state storage (SSD) but also modern multicore CPUs.
-Support for Intel HDA audio card:
- Supports up to 8/2 channels (out/in), 192kHz sample rate and 32-bit samples
- Improved sound quality of VoIP phones
- Support for “jack sense”
-Automatic detection when the microphone is muted. If access to the Mac microphone is not allowed by the user or macOS preferences, Windows shows the microphone as muted.
-Automatic detection when sound output is disabled. If it is disabled in the virtual machine settings, Windows also shows sound output as disabled.
-Support for Bluetooth Low Energy. This allows you to use more devices, including Logitech Craft, IrisPEN and some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands).
-Version of the Bluetooth driver is 4.0.

-When reverting to a snapshot, Parallels Desktop offers to save the current VM state as a new snapshot.
-Though dragging and dropping images has been supported from the very beginning, some of the latest macOS screenshots cannot be simply dragged to Windows because of the new format. We have enhanced drag-and-drop functionality—now you can drag screenshot previews, images from Safari, Photos and other macOS applications and drop them to your Windows applications.
-Completely redesigned keyboard layouts support several improved aspects, including:
- Excel shortcuts Ctrl+ and Ctrl- are now supported
- Improved support for JIS keyboard
- Fixed input with CAPS LOCK on for most of non-English layouts

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Patrickdane ,

Coming from VM or Wine its amazingq

I just need to run a couple software programs that are windows only and have been stuck between a virtual box or cloud services. Both seem to have enough lag to put me off of using them on a regular basis. Running windows on this is very smooth. I had a remote connection to my work computer, parallel running windows and downloading/installing software, and my chrome up in macOS all with little to no lag. Compared to the other options I have tried this one is the first that feels like an 'apple' solution. Clean, great UI, and just runs smoothly. thank you. I plan on purchasing after my trial.

Phlash_riot ,

Works smoothly

Installed Windows 10 as well as Ubuntu, Fedora, and Arch Linux.
Havent tried windows 10 gaming yet.
This version(so far just the trial) only allows:
- 8GB of system memory access of the 32GB present.
- 2GB of video RAM access of the 8GB availble.

VMs run smoothly even when located on USB 3.0 HDD.

Be nice if the had a month to month option as I only need this for about a month for school project. Plethra of options and abilities to explore and easy, very easy to use. Much easier than other VM mangers I have used. Fitting of MAC software in that it is easy to use, intuitive interfaces, and bridges the gaps with such feaures as allow access to you MAC documents so you dont ahve to have multipe copies of hte same files across your MacOS and the Windows 10 VM.


Nice software, neds a bit more detail on documentation

I recently installed this software on Mac OS Catalina to run an older version of OSX since some of my 16-bit applications do not run any longer.
For my purposes, and I aimgine for most people's pruposes, where I have to use files between the two operating systems, it is important to know how to share directories/disks and how to share applications. It was a bit difficult to figure that out. So I think Parallels could add some more detail on how to do that realizing it is at the core of why people buy Parallels

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback.
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Parallels Team


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