Parallels Desktop® App Store Edition is a fast, easy and powerful application for running Windows both on a Mac with the Apple M1 chip and a Mac with an Intel processor - 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 in two clicks.
- Share Mac folders with Windows—including Desktop, Documents, and Downloads.
- NEW: Drag and drop text or graphics between macOS and Windows apps.
- NEW: Enhanced desktop, video, and gaming experience with a higher refresh rate.
- NEW: Use the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 device in Windows.
- 3D graphics acceleration up to DirectX® 11.1.
- Copy/paste formatted text and files between macOS, Windows, and Linux.
- Drag and drop files and images between macOS, Windows, and Linux.
- Resize the window to get the desired Windows or Linux resolution.
- 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. 
- Running virtual machines 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 to test Parallels Desktop before the subscription starts.

- On a Mac with an Intel processor, you can run most Windows, Linux, and macOS versions.
- On a Mac with the Apple M1 chip, you can run Windows 10 (and Windows 11) on ARM Insider Preview, Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, and Kali Linux (all ARM-based versions).

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

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

What’s New

Version 1.7.0

This major update for Parallels Desktop version 1.7.0 addresses overall stability and security issues, and includes the following fixes and improvements:

- For all supported Mac computers:
* Automatic CPU and memory allocation. Parallels Desktop evaluates your Mac's hardware and automatically allocates as many resources to your virtual machine as needed to provide the best possible experience with Windows. If you then transfer this virtual machine to another Mac, Parallels Desktop will allocate CPU and memory based on the new hardware configuration.
* Virtual machines resume up to 38% faster now.

- For Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip only:
* Windows 10 and Windows 11 on ARM Insider Preview start up to 33% faster.
* Up to 20% faster disk performance for Windows 10 and Windows 11 on ARM Insider Preview.
- For all supported Mac computers:
* Improved display driver delivers much smoother Windows UI responsiveness and synchronized video playback experience. The new driver boosts frame rate in many Windows games for a greater gaming experience and provides better synchronization with Mac's display.
* Up to 6 times faster OpenGL graphics performance.
* Up to 25% faster graphics performance in Windows virtual machines.

- For Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip only:
* Added support for the dynamic resolution in Linux virtual machines, so it becomes much more convenient to use them in the Window view mode. When you resize the virtual machine window, Linux adjusts the screen resolution automatically.
* Up to 28% faster DirectX 11 graphics performance.
* The improved Devices menu now shows the same devices' names as in macOS:
* for USB drives - the same name as in the Finder;
* for printers and scanners - the same name as in the macOS System Preferences;
* additional numbering (#2, #3, etc.) is used only if there are two identical devices connected to the Mac.
* The Free Up Disk Space assistant shows how much space is taken by the virtual machine snapshots allowing you to manage your disk space better.
* Drag and drop text and images from macOS to any Windows application and vice versa.
* Copy formatted text in macOS and paste it as plain (without formatting) in virtual machine applications using the "Command + Shift + Option + V" keyboard shortcut.
* Improvements for the keyboard layout. You can now remap AltGr to the Mac's Option key and use the left Option button for entering accented language characters and special symbols.
- For all supported Mac computers:
* Support for USB 3.1. Connect even more USB devices to your virtual machines, including Samsung T7 Touch and Pro Elite portable SSDs, and more.
* Support for a virtual Trusted Platform Module chip (vTPM) and Secure Boot in Windows 10 and Windows 11 on ARM Insider Preview virtual machines.
* Multimonitor support for Linux. You can now use Linux virtual machines in the Full Screen view mode on multiple displays.

- For Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip only:
* Support for the battery device in Windows 10 and Windows 11 on ARM Insider Preview virtual machines. Now Windows detects when your Mac is running out of battery and enables the power saving mode automatically.
* Support for the serial port device both in Windows 10 and Windows 11 on ARM Insider Preview and Linux virtual machines. You can add up to 4 serial ports in each virtual machine.
* Support for the sound device in Linux virtual machines.
* Updated the operating systems installed free of charge and available to download virtual machines (also known as virtual appliances or free systems) to the latest versions.
* Updated and refreshed the Virtual Machine Configuration and Parallels Desktop Preferences dialogs to match the new macOS design.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
4.4K Ratings

4.4K 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.

HyenaTech ,

Performance Okay for Graphical Applications/Games

First, a note to all. The APP STORE VERSION is NOT the same as Parallels Desktop 16!!!! If you need more advanced features, definitely go with Parallels Desktop 16 off of their website. This version is simplified for general use.

1. Windows VMs are snappy. Games running DX10 work well, especially older source games.
2. Games running DX10/DX11 are... hit and miss to say the least. I have yet to encounter a game where I haven't had choppiness in DX10/DX11 games.
3. With the above said, Bootcamp is still going to be the way to go if you want native performance. I have yet to have success in Parallels Desktop -App Store Version or VMware Fusion 12 for modern games. Older games work fine though.

App Privacy

The developer, Parallels International GmbH, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Contact Info
  • User Content

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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