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What is the difference between Home and Pro Edition of Parallels Desktop for Mac?

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition

Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition was designed for developers, web and graphic designers, power users, and other demanding pros.

Whether you are testing applications across platforms, or building websites for many different browsers, Parallels Desktop Pro Edition will simplify your workspace. Productivity is at the heart of every feature that was added to the all new Pro Edition: do more in less time with higher quality.

Parallels Desktop Pro Edition is available as a subscription; you will always enjoy running the latest version of Parallels Desktop as a benefit of your subscription. Pro Edition also includes a no-charge subscriptions to Parallels Access - the easiest way to remotely access your computer from anywhere; and Parallels Toolbox - a set of essential Mac tools.

Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition includes the following features and capabilities:

  • Pro Edition supports up to 16 virtual (v)CPUs and 128GB of vRAM, per VM, and enables nested virtualization, PMU virtualization and guest OS debugging support.
  • The addition of a Microsoft Visual Studio plug-in, which helps you test your applications across operating systems.
  • Easily download a virtual machine with Windows 10 Development Environment with Visual Studio.
  • Create development environments in a virtual machine, and easily backup, share, or restore it. Pro Edition debuts with support and integration for popular development tools, including Chef, Jenkins, and Vagrant.
  • Use Parallels Vagrant plugin to work with reproducible, and portable work environments.
  • Use Linked clones in Vagrant plugin to create a new boxes fast and use disk space efficiently.
  • Use Command Line Interface tools to control Parallels Desktop for Mac and virtual machines, their settings and configuration.
  • Use bash completion for Parallels CLI tools.
  • Natively manage your Docker virtual machines (VMs), manipulate your VM with SSH or the command line, and support linked clones and VM templates.
  • An enhanced network editor allows you to test different connectivity issues: simulate unstable network connection or limit network bandwidth in a VM.
  • Run virtual machines in “headless” mode, accessing services running on these VMs without expending resources on the UI.
  • Set a delay for a VM start (on Mac or Parallels Desktop start).
  • Set a custom icon for every VM.
  • Resolve DNS requests from VM using info in /etc/resolver.
  • Port forwarding: pass traffic from a Mac port to VM or IP address and desired port.
  • Use VM names as their DNS names.
  • Use tcpdump with virtual networks.
  • Create custom host-only networks.
  • Sort VMs in Control Center.
  • Rollback Mode support: revert changes on VM shutdown.
  • Access Pro Tools from the menu in VM Title bar: SSH, WEB, DBG, DUMP.
  • Use Netboot for macOS VMs.
  • Archive/Unarchive VMs in Control Center.
  • Limit VM resources usage (per every .VM).
  • Use 8.3 filenames for Shared Folders.
  • Use EFI Secure Boot.
  • Support for mmap() in Linux Shared Folders.

In addition, Parallels Desktop Pro Edition extends all the features and capabilities of Parallels Desktop for Mac, such as:

Visit the Parallels website for more information on the differences between Parallels Desktop editions.

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