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 1.3.0

This update for Parallels Desktop Lite 1.3.0 addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fixes and improvements:

- Now when you resize the virtual machine window or switch between view modes, the virtual machine screen resolution changes faster and more smoothly.
- The way Windows is displayed when the Retina Resolution > Scaled option is selected has been improved: the text became crisper and graphics sharper.
Improved support for Zorin OS, Elementary OS, Kali Linux, and Manjaro Linux guest operating systems.
- Change the Parallels Desktop interface color—you can choose between the light gray and dark color schemes.
- Parallels Desktop informs you when some actions (for example, downloading and installing virtual appliances) become unavailable because of no Internet connection.
- Distinguish the virtual machines that have snapshots by the new snapshots icon, and use it to open the snapshots manager with a single click.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5

19 Ratings

19 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.


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

Good for linux

seasil the lion killer

I initially wanted to use this just for linux vms. It worked great. Read the documentation and everything seems to work good. But When I tried to install windows. I don’t know what it’s asking me to purchase a subscribtion for windows 10 or for the parallels liscence to run windows 10. Any who, be forewarned, if you have a widnwos 10 disc with a key, an attemp to extract money out of you will be made.

Developer Response

Hello, A trial copy of Parallels Desktop Lite allows you to run Windows for 14 days.
To continue running Windows after 14 days, you would need to purchase a subscription.
If you would like to use another operating system in your virtual machine, you can use Parallels Desktop Lite for free. Sincerely, Parallels


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