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Parallels Desktop for Mac

Parallels Desktop for Mac

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What is Parallels Desktop for Mac?

Parallels® Desktop for Mac is used to run Windows on Intel or Apple silicon. Users can switch between Mac and Windows applications, while retaining the macOS appearance, or use the familiar Windows desktop aesthetic.

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Parallels Desktop Standard Edition

$99.99

On Premise
per year

Mac App Store

$99.99

On Premise
per year

Parallels Desktop Pro Edition

$119.99

On Premise
per year

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
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Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $99.99 per year
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Product Details

What is Parallels Desktop for Mac?

Parallels® Desktop for Mac is used to run Windows on Intel or Apple silicon. Users can switch between Mac and Windows applications, while retaining the macOS appearance, or use the familiar Windows desktop aesthetic.


The application's 3D performance can fuel demanding graphical applications, games, and a wide array of OSes, including Windows and Linux VMs.


As a subscription license bonus, Parallels Toolbox offers 40+ practical tools to simplify everyday tasks like recording the screen, cleaning the drive, taking screenshots, or downloading a video.


Parallels Desktop for Mac Features

Application Virtualization Features

  • Supported: Application support
  • Supported: Ease of deployment
  • Supported: Security

Parallels Desktop for Mac Screenshots

Screenshot of Parallels Desktop running Windows applications, on a Mac.Screenshot of the ability to switch between operating systems without rebooting.Screenshot of Coherence Mode, which minimizes distraction.Screenshot of file sharing between Mac and Windows.Screenshot of application development and testing in Windows, Linux, and virtual macOS (Pro & Business Edition).Screenshot of license management in Parallels Desktop (Business Edition).

Parallels Desktop for Mac Videos

Windows on a Mac with Parallels Desktop 19
Parallels Desktop 19 for Mac Business Edition

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Parallels Desktop for Mac Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Parallels® Desktop for Mac is used to run Windows on Intel or Apple silicon. Users can switch between Mac and Windows applications, while retaining the macOS appearance, or use the familiar Windows desktop aesthetic.

Parallels Desktop for Mac starts at $99.99.

Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, and CrossOver are common alternatives for Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Parallels Desktop for Mac are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Joshua O'Hazza | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • useful tool i use it every day.
  • negative? I mean the learning aspect in transitioning from strictly being a MacBook Pro user to learning Microsoft platform, which I have never used before, but now I am learning it on my own, but there could be a guide and some kind of way because it's like learning to walk again.
  • Other than that, it's working out pretty well for me. I like it and it's definitely worth the money. I mean there's solutions out there that they're charging $1200 a year for that aren't worth five dollars. I have no problem with this platform whatsoever..
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Parallels Desktop saved me from having to purchase a separate machine.
  • Allowing me to use one device to work within two environments is much more efficient.
  • The investment in this software has paid off already in the savings of not needing multiple computers.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Avoid extra costs: majority of users have a Mac, so if they needed to dod something that is Windows related, it will require to users have an extra computer to do that tasks, and this have a lot of costs
  • Developers have more concerns how websites behaves on Windows only browsers, which increased the satisfaction of users
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • The cost versus benefit is definitely in the users' favor - the licensing terms for simple desktop usage are very generous, and the business impact is enormous, being able to seamlessly jump from one OS to the other without dealing with multiple physical VMs or cloud remote sessions.
Jose Almiñana | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Inversion is minimum, for a great productivity improvement.
  • Allows for experimental use of other OS platforms, while still running your current software base.
  • User satisfaction as it allows to choose their platform of preference regarding the software they need to run.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Saves money on having to buy a Windows and MacBook, as the MacBook can run almost 99% of all Windows software and usually run it faster and share between your MacBook transparently.
  • Gives employers the most flexibility with regards to which OS to adopt across an enterprise
  • We are a media company and everyone uses Macs in our industry, Fortune 500 companies also use Windows and MS Project, Parallels gives you the most flexibility for almost all of these use cases
  • Improves efficiency as the MacBook Pro M3 systems are much faster than some of the fastest corporate issued Windows laptops. What takes me 3-10 seconds for a video export can take 5 minutes on a similar Windows laptop
Dave Cowell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Has saved the company money by not having to invest in several machines
  • Updates for new Mac OS is superb which saves time and money when upgrading machines
  • Customers are always impressed when they see full control of all aspects of my work from one machine.
Will Goad | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • It has allowed us to keep customers and keep them happy.
  • It has allowed me to keep my current computer.
  • It has made it possible for me to experience our app the way all customers see it without having to switch machines.
Cameron Michael Rhoads | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • We needed to run the best-in-class technical writing software, and the only way to do that on a Mac was through something like Parallels [Desktop].
  • [It] allowed us to run the necessary software without purchasing PCs, which would be a big overhaul for security and company processes.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Savings of tens of thousands in not having to buy multiple computers
  • Great sense of security when testing potentially dangerous software
  • Allows our organization to maintain access to state systems without downgrading the computer experience.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Clearly much cheaper than purchasing a 2nd machine to run Windows on
  • Allows me to work faster with out have to move files from a machine/Drive to another
  • Annual subscription model is a bit cumbersome to renew - would rather just pay a one time flat fee
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Allowed us to easily test on a wide variety of operating systems.
  • Allowed use of PC apps on MacBook Pro laptops without having to purchase PC hardware.
  • Efficient, easy setup and installation, and easily transfer files between host and virtualized operating systems.
January 24, 2020

Life Saver

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • It has allowed me to save time because I've been able to use the same accounting software on Desktop that I was using online.
  • This sounds trite, but it's truly saved my sanity. If I had to switch over to a new accounting system, I really don't know what I'd do. Parallels has saved my sanity because I can run Windows on my Mac.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Parallels has enabled us to move to MacOS for some of our roles, and those users couldn't be happier. Even though they are still using Windows under the covers, Continuity Mode abstracts that away, and users feel like they never have to leave MacOS.
  • We often don't need most of the features that Parallels offers, and so, it doesn't always feel like money well spent. Parallels would do well to consider additional price points to help justify its cost versus free alternatives.
  • Parallels struggles to justify why users should upgrade alongside the yearly MacOS upgrade. Screenshots and email integration are amongst the headlining features this year. Yawn.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • It has greatly reduced the amount that we were spending on separate machines. Now having one Mac is enough to run Windows, Mac and Linux all in one machine.
  • I have a reason to believe that it's much easier for IT to set someone up on Parallels Desktop than VMWare or Virtual Box and users are significantly happier with the former option.
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