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.
Note: Existing Parallels Desktop® for Mac users are not recommended to move to Parallels Desktop Lite.

You can run Internet Explorer®, Quicken®, QuickBooks, and hundreds of other Windows and Linux applications not available on the Mac—and run them side by side with Mac apps like Pages® and Keynote®.

Brought to you by the developers of the #1-rated Mac virtualization software.

### Pricing:
• Download and run Linux virtual machines – Free
• Install and run macOS® virtual machines – Free
• Install and run Windows virtual machines – Requires in-app purchase of an auto-renewable subscription (1 year)
There is a fully functional 14-day trial, so you can test Parallels Desktop Lite (including installation and use of Windows) before you commit.

Note: Windows is purchased separately.

With Parallels Desktop Lite, you can run the following operating systems in a virtual machine on your Mac:
• Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, and XP
• macOS High Sierra 10.13, macOS Sierra 10.12, OS X El Capitan 10.11, OS X Yosemite 10.10, OS X Mavericks 10.9, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, and OS X Lion 10.7.x
• Most Linux distributions

Hardware Requirements:
• Late 2011 or newer Mac
• 4 GB of memory (8 GB recommended)
• 450 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation
• SSD is recommended for best performance
• Additional disk space for virtual machines (varies on operating system installed)

Seamless integration features between Mac and Windows, including productivity boosters built in. These features include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Use Mac gestures in Windows apps
• 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

We want you to be completely satisfied with Parallels Desktop Lite. If you have any problems or concerns, please contact us at

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Versie 1.3.3

General enhancements
•Attach screenshots and other files to technical data reports.
•Resolves an issue with sound not playing in virtual machines after closing and then opening the MacBook’s lid.
•Resolves an issue with screen refresh rate becoming low when a virtual machine is started with the “Always ready in background” option selected.
•Resolves an issue with Parallels Desktop Control Center appearing after launching a guest OS application from the Dock.
•Resolves an issue with ~/§±£`Ð symbols not typed correctly in virtual machines.

Windows support
•Resolves an issue with disproportionately scaled Windows after installing a Windows update.
•Resolves an issue with gamma settings being changed by Windows in Full Screen.
•Resolves an issue with unintended activation of Grayscale Mode in Windows 10 after pressing + holding the “Command” key and then pressing “C”.
•Resolves the following occasional issues in Windows virtual machines:
•- slow login;
•- unresponsive Start Menu;
•- inability to use a keyboard with some apps.
•Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not installing in a Boot Camp virtual machine with Windows 10.
•Resolves an issue with app-related folders not visible in iCloud shared with Windows.
•Resolves an issue when the icons of applications started from Visual Studio 2013 didn’t appear in the Dock.
•Resolves an issue with MS Word 2011 for Mac saving doc/docx files to the C:\ drive only in the Read-Only mode.
•Resolves an issue with not being able to add the Boot Camp partition as a second disk to a virtual machine.
•Resolves a rare issue with Windows freezing when accessing a shared folder from the guest OS.
•Resolves an issue with Windows 10 crashing sometimes when searching for a particular address in Google Chrome > Google Maps.
•Resolves an issue with Windows crashing when starting TwinCAT 3 in Visual Studio.
•Resolves an issue with shared camera not working in Skype for Business.
•Resolves an issue with graphics artifacts in Battlefield 3.
•Resolves an issue with graphics artifacts when zooming images in Tekla Structures.
•Resolves an issue with PaintShop Pro not opening images on your Mac and not available in the “Open With” menu.

Linux support
•Support for Ubuntu 18.04.
•Resolves an issue with Ubuntu 14.04 not starting after the Parallels Tools installation.
•Resolves an issue with the prl_eth driver not compiling for Linux kernel 4.15.
•Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not installing in Kali Linux 2018.1.
•Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not installing in Red Hat 7.5.

macOS support
•Resolves an issue with iTunes quitting unexpectedly in macOS 10.8 and 10.9 virtual machines.
•Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not installing in macOS 10.13.3 virtual machines.
•Resolves an issue with macOS 10.13.4 virtual machines freezing on waking from sleep.
•Resolves an issue with not being able to upgrade macOS 10.13.3 virtual machines to macOS 10.13.4.
•Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not working in macOS High Sierra virtual machines.

Beoordelingen en recensies

sweetpeppadew ,

Has issues

Currently Parallels in the only virtualisation application in the Mac App Store. I’m very happy with the existence of virtualisation software in the Mac App Store, because it has to comply with the limitation that Apple requires from apps in their store. Therefore it cannot use kernal extensions, for example, which is important for system stability and security.

I’m wondering how well this app will be maintained. It has seen a few updates in the past year, so there seems to be at least some development efforts from the Parallels team. However, this version is hard to find on their website, so I’m sure it will get a lot less of their development attention than the regular Parallels program.

At this moment, Parallels Desktop Lite has issues running Windows 10, as it’s writing error messages to a .log file multiple times per second, generating tremendously large log files (gigabytes within minutes). Parallels support team is unable to provide a solution and they are only willing to provide support via Remote Access for which you need to install LogMeIn Rescue (not available in the Mac App Store, so you need Administrator priviliges). This allows them to take-over your system to send your Virtual Machine to their servers, all of which bring alongs quite a few privacy concerns.

incyi ,

Linux fan !

Great for Linux fans ! It is now possible to run FREE this applications and install Linux in it. But please do NOT upgrade your linux versions, for example Ubuntu 17.10 is not supported.

Reactie van ontwikkelaar ,

Thank you very much for your feedback, incyi! Great to know you are enjoying virtualizing with us. The list of currently supported guest OS's is available at


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