Fix "Unable to connect to Parallels Service"

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Upon Parallels Desktop start the following error message appears:

Unable to connect to Parallels Service. Make sure that the prl_disp_service process is active and it is not blocked by Firewall. For details, please refer to If the problem persists, contact the Parallels support team for assistance.

Possible Cause


  1. Restart the Mac. Try to open Parallels Desktop for Mac again.
  2. If it didn't help, launch the (located in Applications > Utilities).
  3. Paste the command below into Terminal, then hit Return:

    sudo launchctl stop com.parallels.desktop.launchdaemon
  4. You may need to type your Mac password and hit Return (you will not see characters while typing)
  5. Copy and paste the following command, then hit Return to start Parallels Service:

    sudo launchctl start com.parallels.desktop.launchdaemon
  6. Try starting the Parallels Desktop application or a virtual machine.


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