Parallels Desktop for Mac System Requirements

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Parallels Desktop 17 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 Monterey 12 (when released)

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 Monterey 12 (when released)

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 (Mac with Apple M1 chip)

Only ARM versions of operating systems are supported.

Supported Guest Operating Systems (Mac with Intel processor):

Only x86 versions of operating systems are supported.

* - 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 2.6.29-5.12.

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

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

Note: Parallels Transporter Agent is not available for Mac with Apple M1 chip.

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac system requirements:

System requirements for Parallels Desktop 16 can be found in the User's Guide.

System requirements for Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac:

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

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