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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What's New

Version 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.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5

26 Ratings

26 Ratings

No DirectX 11 Support?!


By far, this is the best version of Parallels Desktop to suit my needs. There’s just one problem! DirectX 11 Support is missing, and without it, I can’t render 3D objects! PLEASE FIX IT!!

Update: As of the knowledge left in the developer’s response, which clearly states that OpenGL Compute Shaders (that the new macOS doesn’t support) is required to develop DirectX 11 support for virtual environments, I am officially sticking this one in Apple’s face by deleting the app, and getting a refund. However, what Apple doesn’t know is because that this issue is their fault, they’ll be taking the penalty, and NOT Parallels International GmbH. This issue isn’t my fault, nor is it the fault of Parallels International GmbH! We shouldn’t have to pay for this fine!

Developer Response

Hello, bjj0001. Regrettably, macOS does not support OpenGL Compute Shaders, which is a requirement to develop DirectX 11 support for virtual environment. As of today, it is technically not possible to implement DirectX 11 support in Parallels virtual machines.

Update: Thank you very much for your understanding. If possible please correct your review rating.

Support Fantastic! Works wonderfully now in High Sierra 13.4!


I am now at peace with Parallels! Michael the Support person from Parallels fixed my Windows 10 and Parallels so that all of my RAM problems have been solved. Now with Parallels, Windows 10 Pro and High Sierra 13.4 running at the same tme I have over 8 GIGs available out of the 16GIGs installed. When Windows is suspended with Parallels still open I have nearly 11 GIGs free. Boot Camp no longer necessary.

The drive problems were solved after the drive was reformatted. Please ignore my previous carping about Parallels, the app works great now and I will say it one last time I fouind the support team to excellent! Very savvy, patient, listens attentively, solves problems quickly.

3 Cheers for my Parallels!

Developer Response

Hello TheBear, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Could you please drop us an email at so our Tier 2 support could follow up with you directly to look into the issue with 10.13.4? Sincerely, Parallels


Critical acclaim100

Update: Hello, I am glad to say I gave this more of a shot and found that my previous post was overcritical, it’s a great app, I feel the lite version runs a little slow. However, similar to everyone elses post, this strikes me as an app which should be a one time pay instead of a subscription, especially when you could simply use disk utility to do what this offers. 60$ a month is not a good amount to expect for just the convenience of not reseting your computer and loading up windows.

Developer Response

Hello Critical acclaim100, Thank you for the update! Great to know Parallels Desktop Lite has worked for you. I believe there is some confusion about the pricing, the mentioned fee is a yearly one, not monthly. Sincerely, Parallels


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