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Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac

The fastest, easiest, most powerful way to  run Windows on your Mac—without rebooting!

  • Optimized for the latest Windows 10 updates and ready for macOS Catalina (10.15)
  • Includes Parallels Toolbox–essential utilities for your Mac and PC
  • Run thousands of Windows programs on your Mac
  • Moving from PC to Mac is easier than ever
  • Reuse an existing Boot Camp partition

Run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side
Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes allow you full control of the level of integration between Mac and Windows.

Moving from PC to a Mac has never been this easy
Easily transfer everything on your current PC–operating system, documents, applications, games, even your internet browser favorites –over to your Mac in a snap.

Streamlined Windows Installation
Installing Windows on your Mac has never been so simple. The easy to use and intuitive Wizard walks you through the complete setup, including the purchase of a Windows 10 license, if needed.

Already using Boot Camp?
Easily convert your existing Windows Boot Camp partition to a new Parallels Desktop virtual machine.

Not just for Windows
Run a wide array of operating systems including macOS, Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, Linux, Google Chrome, and more.

Lightning Fast Performance
Resource-hungry Windows applications run effortlessly without slowing down your Mac, and Microsoft® Office is faster than ever.

One-click tuning
One-click optimization of virtual machine settings makes it easy to get the performance you need.

What’s New in Version 15

Packed with 30+ new features. Get the most out of your Mac.

Ready for Catalina

Parallels Desktop 15 is ready for the highly anticipated macOS® Catalina, including Sidecar support. Support for additional Catalina features is currently in development and will be introduced around the upcoming public release of macOS 10.15. When you buy or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 15, you’ll be ready for these updates. 
Version 15 supports macOS Catalina 10.15 (when released), Mojave 10.14, High Sierra 10.13 and Sierra 10.12.

DirectX 11

Version 15 supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11—all via Apple Metal®.* With the addition of DirectX 11, you can now run graphic-intensive applications and games, such as Autodesk 3ds Max 2020, Lumion, ArcGIS Pro, Master Series, FIFA 19, Age of Empires, Fallout 4 and more.

*macOS Mojave is required; macOS Catalina (when released) is recommended for the best performance and required for some applications to run.

Email Files from Finder

Parallels Desktop 15 adds support to the Share menu in Finder—you can send files from macOS using a Windows email application. Just right-click a file in the Finder and select Share > Send with Windows Email App. The file will be sent by your default email client in Windows.

Screenshot Preview to Windows

Drag and drop like never before. Apple® changed the way screenshots are done in Mojave and Catalina, and you may notice that you can’t use their previews in Windows applications. Parallels Desktop 15 now makes this possible—plus, it provides the ability to drag images right from Safari, Photos and other Mac applications.

Apple Pencil and Sidecar

Use Apple Pencil® in your favorite Windows applications with added tilt and eraser support. With Sidecar, you can use your iPad as a second display to extend your Windows applications.


Parallels Desktop 15 supports an additional category of Bluetooth devices. Connect your Xbox One Controller, Logitech Craft keyboard, IRISPen, some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) and more. Additionally, support for Bluetooth Low Energy lets you play an Xbox game in a Windows 10 virtual machine.


A wide variety of Linux distributions are supported in virtual machines. Version 15 provides Virtio GPU, which allows the use of sliding mouse, dynamic resolution and multimonitor support out of the box (even without Parallels Tools).


Experience significant performance improvements in Parallels Desktop 15. Microsoft Office applications start up to 80% faster, and you’ll also see a faster and more responsive Parallels Desktop UI. Enjoy up to 15% faster 3D graphics improvements (best result is achieved on 3DMark13 Cloud Gate test with AMD Radeon graphics).

Parallels Desktop now features support for Apple Metal® API for improved graphics. As part of the move to Metal, Parallels Desktop 15 supports DirectX® 11, 10 and 9 on Metal, delivering best-ever performance.

System Requirements

  • Minimum:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor
    • Memory: 4 GB of RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows 10)
    • Graphics: Intel, AMD Radeon or NVIDIA
    • Operating System:
      • macOS Catalina 10.15
      • macOS Mojave 10.14
      • macOS High Sierra 10.13
      • macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Minimum:
    • Processor: Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 or Xeon processor
    • Memory: 16 GB of RAM or more
    • Storage: SSD drive
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro graphics card
    • Operating System: ​macOS Catalina 10.15 Note: DirectX 11 requires at least macOS Mojave 10.14 but works best on macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Supported Guest Operating Systems

  • Windows 10 (recommended)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 7 (SP0-SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP0-SP3)
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Boot2Docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 and 6
  • CentOS Linux 7 and 6
  • Fedora Linux 30* and 29
  • Ubuntu 19.04, 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 9 and 8
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 15
  • OpenSUSE Linux 15.1 and 15
  • Linux Mint 19 and 18
  • Kali 2019 and 2018
  • Elementary 5
  • Manjaro 18
  • Mageia 7 and 6
  • Gentoo Linux **
  • Solaris 11 and 10 **
  • openBSD 6 **
  • FreeBSD 12 and 11 **
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2 and 1.2 **
  • ReactOS 0.4 **
  • Android OS*
  • macOS Catalina 10.15
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.x
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.x
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.x
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.x
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x