Parallels Desktop for Mac System Requirements

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Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac system requirements:

  Minimum
To run most applications such as Microsoft Office, accounting, trading, SAP, Matlab and more
Best Performance
For graphics-intensive applications, high loads and running multiple virtual machines
Processor

Apple M1 chip, Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor

Apple M1 chip, Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 or Xeon processor
Memory 4 GB of RAM 16 GB of RAM or more
Storage

600 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation

Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows 10)

 

SSD drive
Graphics Apple M1 chip, Intel, AMD Radeon or NVIDIA Apple M1 chip, AMD Radeon Pro graphics card
Operating System

macOS Big Sur 11.1 or newer

macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer

macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer

macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or newer

macOS Big Sur 11.1 or newer

DirectX 11 requires at least macOS Mojave 10.14, but works best on macOS 10.15.3 Catalina or newer.

Internet connection is required for product activation, updates, and select features.

Supported Guest Operating Systems (Intel)

  • Windows 10 (recommended)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 7 (SP0-SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP0-SP3)
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Boot2Docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8,7 and 6
  • CentOS Linux 8, 7, 6
  • Fedora Linux 33, 32, 31
  • Ubuntu 20.10, 20.04, 19.04, 18.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 10, 9
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 15
  • OpenSUSE Linux 15.2, 15.1, 15
  • Linux Mint 20, 19, 18
  • Kali 2020.2, 2019, 2018
  • Elementary OS 5
  • Manjaro 18
  • Mageia 7
  • Gentoo Linux **
  • Solaris 11, 10 **
  • openBSD 6 **
  • FreeBSD 12, 11 **
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2, 1.2 **
  • ReactOS 0.4 **
  • Android OS *
  • macOS Big Sur 11.0
  • macOS Catalina 10.15
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.x
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.x
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.x
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.x
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
  • and many more...

*Only the version downloaded with help of the Installation Assistant with Parallels Desktop.

** 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. You can download the Parallels Desktop trial and install an operating system of your choice. If it doesn't work and you believe it should be supported, let us know at Parallels Forum.

Parallels Tools for Linux require X Window System version 1.15–1.20 and Linux Kernel version from 2.6.29 to 5.11.

Supported Guest Operating Systems (Apple M1)

  • Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview
    Windows on ARM can run most of the regular Windows x86 applications. You can download the Parallels Desktop trial and install the application you need. If it doesn't work, let us know at Parallels Forum.
  • Ubuntu 20.10, 20.04
  • Fedora Workstation 33-1.2
  • Debian GNU/Linux 10.7
  • Kali Linux 2021.1

PC system requirements to move your PC to your Intel-based Mac (using Parallels Transporter Agent)

PC system requirements to move your PC to your Intel-based Mac (using Parallels Transporter Agent):

  • 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 the network
  • External USB drive for migrating via external disk
  • Supported Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000 *

* To migrate Windows Vista or older, Transporter Agent from Parallels Desktop 13 should be used. Download the Parallels Transporter Agent

System requirements for Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac:

System requirements for Parallels Desktop 15 can be found in the User's Guide.

System requirements for Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac:

System requirements for Parallels Desktop 14 can be found in the User's Guide.

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