How to install or upgrade to the latest version of Parallels Desktop for Mac

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Parallels Desktop for Mac is distributed as a downloadable .dmg image. The installation file is available at parallels.com/products/desktop/download/.


If you are upgrading Parallels Desktop

You will be able to use your existing virtual machine without reinstalling it, but please take a backup of your virtual machine before you proceed with the instructions below to have an opportunity to revert all the changes.

If you have a subscription for Parallels Desktop for Mac Home or Pro Edition, you can upgrade Parallels Desktop to the latest version with the license you own – just download and install the latest Parallels Desktop version. A subscription allows you to upgrade to the latest version at no additional charge as long as the subscription is valid.


Double-click the downloaded Parallels Desktop installation file with the .dmg extension to mount it to Finder. Then double-click the Install icon.

Enter your Mac user account password to begin installation.

Parallels Desktop for Mac is now installed. Check out our tips for new users:

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