Parallels Desktop
Parallels Desktop


Parallels Desktop free download for Mac

Parallels Desktop1.6.0

15 October 2020

Run different OS apps without rebooting (App Store version).


Parallels Desktop Lite (previously known as Parallels Desktop Lite) allows you to easily run Windows, Linux, and their applications on your Mac. You don't have to reboot your Mac to switch between operating systems or when switching between Mac, Windows, or Linux applications.

  • Use Mac gestures in Windows apps
  • Time synchronization between Mac and Windows
  • Mouse synchronization enables the mouse to move seamlessly between the Mac OS, Windows, and Linux
  • Copy/paste formatted text between Mac and Windows
  • Drag and drop files between Mac and Windows
  • Share Mac folders with Windows-including Desktop, Documents, and Downloads-without duplication and saving precious disk space on your Mac
  • Resize window to get desired Windows resolution
  • 3D graphics acceleration up to DirectX® 10.1
  • Use Mac printers in Windows
  • Share Mac location info with Windows

What's new in Parallels Desktop

Version 1.6.0:
  • Up to 20% faster DirectX 11 graphics on Macs equipped with AMD Radeon graphics cards.
  • This version brings full support for OpenGL 3.3 Compatibility Profile to support more applications. Run more Windows applications, including DIALux EVO 9, SAMSON Connect, ProPresenter 6, ClinCheck Pro, Rhino 6, and more. In Linux, you can now use more applications, including Steam, Firefox Quantum web browser, and get better multimonitor support for the KDE window manager.
  • Windows resumes and quits up to 20% faster.
  • Reverting to a snapshot is up to 30% faster.
  • When in Travel Mode, Windows now consumes less computing and network resources, which results in up to 10% longer battery life.
  • Improved sound quality in macOS virtual machines.
  • Added support for a two-finger pinch gesture to rotate the content in Windows 10 applications, such as Maps, Photos, Edge, and more. Zoom gesture was also improved to provide a smoother experience.
  • Enable the new "Reclaim disk space on shutdown" option to make Windows to automatically return all unused disk space to Mac on each shutdown (see Reclaimable space).
  • Use the Samsung Portable SSD X5 external storage with Windows virtual machines.
  • Now you can connect modern Bluetooth devices to your virtual machine without having to enter a PIN code.
  • The new printer driver for Windows 10 allows you to print on both sides and supports many more paper sizes up to A0.
  • Choose a time period of inactivity, after which Windows will be paused automatically. Additionally, Parallels Desktop now shows a new snippet card to explain this feature to new users.
  • Installing Windows from an ISO image with multiple Windows editions is now fully automatic.
  • When you start a virtual machine stored on an external disk, Parallels Desktop now checks whether the disk connected to Mac and prompts you to connect it using the disk name.
  • Parallels Desktop now indicates Windows folders in File Explorer that are shared with macOS using the native macOS Finder icons.
  • When you choose to delete a file from a Windows folder that is shared from macOS, Parallels Desktop warns you that this file will be removed entirely from Mac’s hard disk.
  • If you enable Do Not Disturb in macOS, Focus Assist automatically turns on in Windows 10 for you to not be distracted by sounds and pop-up notifications from Windows apps.

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How would you rate Parallels Desktop app?

2 Reviews of Parallels Desktop

22 January 2019
Version: 1.4.0

Most helpful

It seems that it's no more free as previously (for the LITE version) Now, you have just a free trial period :-(
15 October 2020
Version: 1.6.0
Not free and not version 1.6.0...
22 January 2019
Version: 1.4.0
It seems that it's no more free as previously (for the LITE version) Now, you have just a free trial period :-(


App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.14.6 or later
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