Parallels Desktop 4+

Run Windows applications

Parallels International GmbH

    • 4.5 • 2.8K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Parallels Desktop® App Store Edition is a fast, easy, and powerful application for running Windows both on a Mac with Apple silicon chips and a Mac with Intel processors - all without rebooting.

NOTE: It is not recommended that existing Parallels Desktop for Mac users move to Parallels Desktop App Store Edition.

Parallels Desktop Installation Assistant helps you to get up and running in a few minutes. Powerful performance lets you run many Windows apps on your Mac, including games and CAD programs.

- Download and install Windows 11 on your Mac in two clicks.
- Share Mac folders with Windows—including Desktop, Documents, and Downloads.
- Copy/paste formatted text and files between macOS, Windows, and Linux.
- Drag and drop text, files, and images between macOS, Windows, and Linux.
- Resize the window to get the desired Windows or Linux resolution.
- Enhanced desktop, video, and gaming experience with a higher refresh rate.
- 3D graphics acceleration up to DirectX® 11.1.
- Play Windows games with a Bluetooth controller right out of the box.
- Use Mac printers in Windows and Linux.
- Connect USB devices to Windows and Linux.
- And many more...

- Creating and editing virtual machine configurations is available for free.
- There is a fully functional 14-day introductory trial period to test Parallels Desktop for your needs.
- Running virtual machines requires an in-app purchase of an auto-renewable subscription (1 year). You can cancel at any time.

- On a Mac with an Intel processor, you can run most Windows, Linux, and macOS versions.
- On a Mac with an Apple silicon chip, you can run Windows 11, Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, Kali Linux, and CentOS Linux (all ARM-based versions).

NOTE: See the complete list of supported operating systems and system requirements at

We want you to be delighted with Parallels Desktop. If you have any feedback, problems, or concerns, please get in touch with us at

What’s New

Version 1.9.1

Parallels Desktop 1.9.1 (23861) update addresses the overall stability and security issues and includes the following additions and improvements:

Windows 11
• Adds a blur effect during the virtual machine window resizing to better indicate the resolution adjustment process;
• Fixes various graphics issues with OpenGL-based applications, including AutoTRAX Dex, FINALE 3D, Blender 3.3 LTS, Optuma, TerMus-BIM;
• Fixes an issue where the macOS Dock would disappear when running Windows 11 on an external display, even with the "Automatically hide and show the Dock" option disabled in macOS;
• Fixes an issue with the macOS Dock not hiding when the “Optimize full screen for games” option is enabled.

• Adds a blur effect during the virtual machine window resizing to better indicate the resolution adjustment process;
• Adds support for Linux kernel version 6.5.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

GamingEngineer ,

Good for a trial, download from Parallels if you buy

tl;dr just get it from the Parallels website. Knocking a star because this version isn't feature complete, more details below.

Software engineer / gamer who decided to join the Apple ecosystem here. I can honestly say Paralells has been the easiest Virtualization software to get from 0 to productivity within an hour. Running on a M1 Macbook Pro from 2021 and the VM performance feels native. The paid version is worth the money.

That said the product description around the app store version here needs some work:
* It's not obvious that this is a free trial and then a paid subscription product. I knew it was a paid product but I saw a lot of 1 star reviews from peple who felt tricked / sticker shocked. This is preventable with a proper disclaimer.
* Seamless mode is not supported in the app store version. If you buy Parallels, this is probably one of the reaons why. It leaves a bad taste in someone's mouth to spend $90 on a product to have a key feature missing because you have to reinstall and everything you google says it should "just work".
* The Parallels KB needs some info on how to migrate from the app version to the full version and/or detect existing VMs. I at first thought my existing Windows VM was gone when I removed the app store copy and installed the full Parallels version.

KaknuSF ,

masOS and Windows is a dream.

I am 1000% an Apple guy. The products are beautiful and extremely user friendly and the ability to sync my iPhone to my Macbook to my Mac mini is flawless. There is something about Windows though- the simplistic beauty of the Command Prompt, the customizability of certain features and the ability to change/alter drivers, devices, etc. gives the user a great deal of control over the machine. And to think- I downloaded this software to update my Xbox One controller's firmware. I'm loving Parallels Desktop!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the awesome review! We work hard to meet expectations like yours.
Parallels Team

accountingwiz ,

Would be 5, but Subscription Key Never Received

I tried parallels and loved it so I purchased a subscription on the App store. When I did, I did not receive a subscription key. I desparately needed access for work, so I had to purchase another key on the parallels website. Now I have paid parallels twice in the amount of $99 for only one does not answer the phone. They also only allow messaging on twitter or facebook or an extremely dated online forum that I was unable to post to. Worth noting, the email address associated with the purchase and my account are the same...I have no idea why I didn't receive the key on my first purchase, but now I will just have to contact apple support and dispute the charge through my credit Card company.

Developer Response ,

The support options are likely limited since you signed into another account on Parallels My Account website (not the one where your license key is registered).
We'd really appreciate if you contacted us by email at, and we will do our best to help you with that.

Parallels Team

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