“Unlike Apple’s Boot Camp, Parallels lets you run both operating systems at the same time.” Larry Magid, Forbes

Parallels Desktop® for Mac is the fastest, easiest, and most powerful application for running Windows® on a Mac®—without rebooting.

Brought to you by the world-class developers of the #1-rated Mac virtualization software.

Note: It is not recommended that existing Parallels Desktop® for Mac users 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 Microsoft Edge, 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). 

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, 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 Big Sur 11.0, 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 with Intel processor 
Note: At the moment Parallels Desktop functions only on Macs with Intel processors. 

- 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 application 

- SSD is recommended for best performance 
- A discrete AMD Radeon graphics card for running graphics-intensive applications 

- Additional disk space for virtual machines (varies on the 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: 

- NEW: Configure your virtual machine to operate in the Bridged networking mode
- NEW: 3D graphics acceleration up to DirectX® 11.1 
- NEW: Metal graphics acceleration in macOS Big Sur 11 (and later) virtual machines 
- Copy/paste formatted text and files between macOS, Windows, and Linux 

- Drag and drop files and images 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 the window to get the desired Windows or Linux resolution

- 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 1.6.1

Parallels Desktop for Mac 1.6.1 App Store Edition addresses overall stability and security issues, and includes the following fixes and improvements:

- Optimized for macOS 11 Big Sur with a refreshed design, easier setup, and other improvements. Below is the list of the most important fixes:

Big Sur as a host operating system
• Resolves an issue with a Mac crashing after trying to start a virtual machine.
• Resolves an issue with a virtual machine crashing when a user logs in to Windows.
• Resolves an issue with the CPU menu in the virtual machine configuration showing only two menu items.
• Resolves an issue with the “Unable to pause “virtual machine name”.” message appearing while deleting a snapshot.
• Resolves an issue with the Parallels Desktop window moving up when switching between the tabs of the Parallels Desktop Preferences and virtual machine configuration dialog.
• Resolves an issue with multiple virtual machine icons in the Dock.

Big Sur in a virtual machine
• Resolves an issue with not being able to upgrade an existing macOS virtual machine to macOS 11 Big Sur.
• Resolves an issue with not being able to install macOS 11 Big Sur in a virtual machine from the Recovery partition.
• Resolves an issue with a macOS 11 Big Sur virtual machine showing a black screen after the Parallels Tools reinstallation.
• Resolves an issue with a macOS virtual machine showing a black screen after upgrading it to macOS 11 Big Sur.
• Resolves a rare issue with a macOS 11 Big Sur virtual machine rebooting when a user logs in.
• Resolves an issue with the default screen resolution set to 1024x768 in a macOS 11 Big Sur virtual machine created on a Mac with the macOS version other than Big Sur.
• Resolves an issue with Installation Assistant showing the macOS 11 Big Sur version incorrectly (as 10.16).

Other improvements
• The Parallels Desktop user interface has been updated to meet the macOS 11 Big Sur style.
• Parallels Desktop meets the macOS 11 Big Sur privacy restrictions. For example, it is not allowed to use Bluetooth until a user gives consent.

• You can configure Bridged networking for your virtual machine.

• Support for DirectX 11.1 which brings better support for high-resolution monitors and support for more applications and games that require DirectX 11.
• Support for Metal graphics in macOS Big Sur 11 (and later) virtual machines. This allowed Parallels engineers to improve the guest version of macOS performance and fix a number of issues that were reported in 2018-2020:
⁃ Selected text in a PDF document opened in Preview is blacked out.
⁃ Blank interface in the FileSimple application.
⁃ The clock in the macOS menu bar doesn’t look sharp sometimes.
⁃ Multiple tabs in Safari are displayed with graphical artifacts.
⁃ The Notes app crashes in macOS virtual machines.
⁃ The Maps app shows a black screen.
⁃ Black thumbnails in the Photos app installed in a macOS virtual machine.

There are even more fixes and improvements. See the full list of fixes in this article:

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K 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.

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  • Purchases
  • Contact Info
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