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Parallels Desktop provides support for a plethora of operating systems, such as Windows (going from Windows 3.11 to Windows 8), MS-DOS, RED Hat Enterprise, Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Suse Linux Enterprise, Mandriva, Solaris, Chrome OS, Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard Server or Android. Parallels is a software company based in Bellevue, Washington; it is primarily involved in the development of virtualization software for macOS.The company has offices in 15 countries, including the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Japan, China, Spain, Russia, Australia and Ukraine, and has over 800 employees. Company history. Privately held server automation and virtualization.

Parallels Server for Mac is a server-side desktop virtualization product built for the Mac OS X Server platform and is developed by Parallels, Inc., a developer of desktop virtualization and virtual private server software. This software allows users to run multiple distributions of Linux, Windows and FreeBSD server applications alongside Mac OS X Server on Intel-based Apple hardware. Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac is the world's most powerful solution for running Windows and Mac OS X applications on a Mac, side-by-side- without rebooting. Box includes one Product Key Card - No Disc. Run Windows 8, 7 and XP apps like they were made for a Mac while enjoying Mac gestures and features like Dictation in Windows apps. Intel-based Mac with Intel Core 2 Duo processor or higher Minimum 4 GB of RAM 850 MB disk space for Parallels Desktop installation, plus space to allocate to your VM OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later; OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite or later; OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks or later.

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GenreVirtualization and Hosting Automation
HeadquartersBellevue, Washington, United States[1]
ProductsParallels Desktop for Mac
Parallels RAS
Parallels Toolbox
Parallels Access
RevenueUS$ 100 million (2008)[2]
Number of employees

Parallels is a software company based in Bellevue, Washington; it is primarily involved in the development of virtualization software for macOS. The company has offices in 15 countries, including the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Japan, China, Spain, Russia, Australia and Ukraine, and has over 800 employees.[3]

Company history[edit]

Privately held server automation and virtualization software company SWSoft developed software for running data centers, particularly for web-hosting services companies and application service providers. Their Virtuozzo product was an early system-level server virtualization solution, and in 2003 they bought Plesk, a commercial web hosting platform.[4]

SWsoft's acquisition of Parallels was more or less kept under wraps until January 2004, two years before Parallels became mainstream.[5] In 2004 SWsoft acquired Parallels, Inc.[6] and Parallels Workstation for Windows and Linux 2.0[7] was released, with Parallels Desktop for Mac following in mid 2006.[8] Later the same year the corporate headquarters moved from Herndon, Virginia to Renton, Washington.

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At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2007 in San Francisco, California, Parallels announced and demonstrated its upcoming Parallels Server for Mac.[9] Parallels Server for Mac will reportedly allow IT managers to run multiple server operating systems on a single Mac Xserve.[10][11]

In 2007 the German company Netsys GmbH sued Parallels' German distributor Avanquest for copyright violation (see Parallels Desktop for Mac for details), then Parallels Server for Mac was announced at WWDC - and later Parallels Technology Network.[12]

In 2008 SWsoft merged into Parallels to become one company under the Parallels branding[5] which then acquired ModernGigabyte, LLC.[13][14]Parallels Server for Mac was launched in June[15] then in September Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows and Linux, a rename of Parallels Workstation for the 4.0 release,[16] - and Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac[17] later that year. From the next version, 6.0, the Windows and Linux software became known as Parallels Workstation again.

Over the next three years the company launched Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac,[18]Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac,[19] Parallels Server for Mac 4.0 Mac mini Edition,[20]Parallels Transporter,[21] Parallels Workstation 6 Extreme,[22]Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac,[23] Parallels Mobile for iOS[24] - and Parallels Workstation 6.[25]

During 2012, 2013 and 2014, the company discontinued Parallels Server for Mac, Windows and Linux, launched Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and Mac Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. and released Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac.

Parallels acquired 2X Software in February 2015,[26] rebranded their service provider business to Odin[27] - later selling the Odin Service Automation Platform to Ingram Micro.[28] They also released Parallels Mac Management v4.0 for Microsoft SCCM and Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac.

In 2017, Virtuozzo and Plesk, two products from the pre-Parallels history of SWsoft, were spun out.[29][30]

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In December 2018, Corel announced that it had acquired Parallels.[31][32]

In October 20, 2020 it was announced that Google have partnered to bring full-featured Windows applications to enterprises and cloud workers using Chrome Enterprise. Chrome OS is increasingly being chosen by modern enterprises, either for remote work, hybrid, or in the office,” said John Solomon, Vice President of Chrome OS at Google, “We are thrilled to partner with Parallels to bring legacy and full-featured Windows applications support, through Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise, to help businesses easily transition to cloud-first devices and workflows.” [33]

Current products[edit]

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac - an x86 virtualization platform for macOS.
  • Parallels RAS - Delivers Virtual desktops and extends Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host desktop sessions and applications to users through the Microsoft RDP protocol.[34]
  • Parallels Toolbox - a software containing links to common OS functions.
  • Parallels Access - a remote desktop platform.
  • Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise - Run full-featured Windows applications, including native Microsoft Office, on Chromebook Enterprise devices — online and offline.[35]


  1. ^'Worldwide Operations HQ at'. Archived from the original on 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2008-05-22.External link in title= (help)
  2. ^Parallels CEO Sees IPO in a Few Years, Not an Acquisition
  3. ^ abCareer Opportunities
  4. ^HostReview : Web Hosting News : SWsoft Acquires Plesk and Confixx to Create Global Hosting Software Powerhouse
  5. ^ abDavid Marshall (Jan 29, 2008) [08:03 PM].InfoWorld Virtualization Report David Marshall InfoWorld Parallels Announces Virtuozzo Containers 4.0Archived February 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^Parallels acknowledges SWsoft ownership
  7. ^[1]Archived October 16, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^[2]Archived February 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^David Marshall (June 16, 2007) [04:03 PM]. 'InfoWorld Virtualization Report David Marshall InfoWorld Parallels Announces Features of its Mac Server Virtualization Product'. Archived from the original on 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  10. ^Parallels demos Mac server virtualization
  11. ^Parallels Server for Mac
  12. ^Parallels Technology Network announcedArchived 2007-11-23 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^Web Host Industry News Parallels Acquires ModernGigabyte
  14. ^ Parallels Acquires ModernGigabyteArchived 2008-05-11 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^David Marshall (June 18, 2008) [08:14 AM]. Virtualization Report David Marshall InfoWorld Parallels announces the first Mac server virtualization platformArchived June 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^'Desktop 4 for Windows and Linux Leverages Industry-Leading Mac Technology to Enable Widespread Adoption of PC Virtualization'. Parallels. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  17. ^'Desktop 4.0 for Mac Offers Premium Windows-on-Mac Experience'. Parallels. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  18. ^'Desktop 5 for Mac Offers Fastest Performance on Snow Leopard and for Windows 7 Available'. Parallels. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  19. ^'Desktop 6 for Mac Delivers Unprecedented New and Enhanced Features for Best Windows on Mac Experience Yet'. Parallels. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  20. ^'Server for Mac 4.0 Mac mini Edition Launch Lets Businesses Run Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Linux Environments Side-by-Side on an Apple Mac mini'. Parallels. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  21. ^'Transporter Launches on the Mac App Store, Makes the Move from a PC to a Mac Easy'. Parallels. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  22. ^'Workstation 6 Extreme makes the consolidated professional graphics workstation a reality through unmatched performance of direct assignment technology'. Parallels. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  23. ^'Desktop 7 for Mac Makes Windows Programs Roar with Mac OS X Lion Features; New Parallels Mobile App Delivers OS X and Windows Control Plus Flash Videos with Sound'. Parallels. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  24. ^'New Parallels Mobile App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Delivers Anytime Anywhere Control of Mac OS X, Windows, Ubuntu, Chrome, Fedora, Applications and Files on Your Mac'. Parallels. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  25. ^'Workstation 6 Gives Web Designers and IT Professionals Seamless Capabilities for Running Multiple Operating Systems – Including Windows 8 – on a Single PC'. Parallels. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  26. ^Brian Madden (2015-02-26). 'Parallels Buys 2X Software'. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  27. ^'We've Changed Our Name – Parallels Service Provider Business is Now Odin'. Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  28. ^'Parallels Holdings Limited Announces the Sale of its Odin Service Automation Platform to Ingram Micro'. December 2, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
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  31. ^'CIOReview Magazine Praises Parallels: One of the '20 Most Promising Server Technology Solution Providers 2016''.
  32. ^Dignan, Larry. 'Corel buys Parallels for Windows on Mac play'. ZDNet. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  33. ^'Parallels®️ Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise''.
  34. ^'Parallels acquires remote application server developer 2X Software'. zdnet. 2015-02-25.
  35. ^'Parallels®️ Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise''.
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The system requirements and supported guest operation systems (OSes) for Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac are fully detailed below. We encourage every potential or existing user to explore the requirements prior to downloading or purchasing Parallels® Desktop. Users may be pleasantly surprised at the incredible performance of Windows, Linux, and other popular OSes on their Mac with Parallels Desktop.

Supported Apple Mac hardware configurations:

Check your Mac hardware to ensure you can run Parallels Desktop without experiencing compatibility issues. Our team would love to make sure every user gets the most out of Parallels Desktop and the virtual machines (VMs) they create.

Important Note: Internet connection is required for product activation, updates and select future features.

Supported guest operating systems that can be created as Parallels Desktop virtual machines:

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  • Windows 10
  • 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) 8, 7 and 6
  • CentOS Linux 8, 7 and 6
  • Fedora Linux 32, 31, 30 and 29
  • Ubuntu 20.04, 19.04, 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 9 and 8
  • Debian GNU/Linux 19
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 15
  • openSUSE Linux 15.1 and 15
  • Linux Mint 20, 19 and 18
  • Kali 2019 and 2018
  • Elementary OS 5.0
  • 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 Big Sur 11.0 (when released)
  • 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
  • and many more…***
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*Only the version downloaded with the Parallels Desktop Installation Assistant

**Parallels Tools are not available for this operating system

Note: Parallels Desktop emulates PC hardware, so operating systems that are not present in this list can work as well. We encourage users to download a free 14-day trial of Parallels Desktop first to install the OS of your choice. If it doesn’t work and you believe it should be supported, let us know at Parallels Forum.

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Parallels Tools for Linux requires X Window System version 1.15-1.20 and Linux Kernel version 2.6.29-5.1.

Moving your PC?

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Below are the Windows PC system requirements to move a PC to your Mac and use it as a Parallels Desktop VM (using Parallels Transporter Agent):

  • 700 MHz (or higher) x86 or x64 processor (Intel or AMD)
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 50 MB of available hard disk space for installation of Parallels Transporter Agent
  • Ethernet or WiFi network adapter for migrating over network
  • External USB drive for migrating via external disk
  • Supported Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000*

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*To migrate Windows Vista or older, Transporter Agent from Parallels Desktop 13 should be used.

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We sincerely hope this resource helps you navigate your experience with Parallels Desktop. Since 2006, Parallels has delivered excellence by being the #1 choice of Mac users to run Windows on Mac without rebooting. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help. The Parallels support team can be contacted on Facebook or Twitter, 24/7.