Parallels Desktop 13 System Requirements

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Parallels Desktop® for Mac empowers millions of users to go beyond the limitations of hardware to achieve their end goals.

Interested in getting started with running Windows, Linux, and other popular OSes on your Mac without restarting? Check out the list below to see if your machine’s hardware specifications and desired operating system are supported.

Hardware:

  • Late 2012 Mac® computer or later
  • 4 GB of memory (8 GB recommended).
  • 850 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation.
  • Additional disk space for virtual machines (varies on operating system installed).
  • SSD drive is recommended for better performance.
  • Internet connection for product activation and selected features.

Software:

  • macOS® High Sierra 12.13
  • macOS® Sierra 10.12.5 or later
  • OS X® El Capitan 10.11.6 or later
  • OS X® Yosemite 10.10.5 or later

32-Bit Guest Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Creators Update
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, SP0
  • Windows 7 SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Home SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6
  • Windows NT 4.0 Workstation SP6
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 3.11
  • MS-DOS 6.22
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, 6, 5
  • Fedora Linux 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19
  • Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10, 16.04 LTS, 15.10, 15.04, 14.10, 14.04 LTS, 13.10, 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 LTS, 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04 LTS
  • CentOS Linux 7, 6, 5
  • Debian Linux 8, 7, 6, 5
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 12, 11 SP3, 11 SP2
  • openSUSE Linux 13.2, 13.1, 12.3
  • Linux Mint 18, 17, 16, 13
  • Kali Linux 2017.1
  • Zorin OS 12.1
  • elementary OS 0.4
  • Manjaro Linux 17.0.1
  • Mageia 5, 4.1, 3
  • Solaris 11.3, 11, 10
  • OpenBSD 6
  • FreeBSD 11, 10, 10, 9, 8
  • OS/2 Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation 2, 1.2
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Android OS (only the one downloaded with help of Installation Assistant)

64-Bit Guest Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Creators Update
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, SP0
  • Windows 7 SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • boot2docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, 6, 5
  • Fedora Linux 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19
  • Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10, 16.04 LTS, 15.10, 15.04, 14.10, 14.04 LTS, 13.10, 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 LTS, 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04 LTS
  • CentOS Linux 7, 6, 5
  • Debian Linux 8.3, 7, 6, 5
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 12, 11 SP3, 11 SP2
  • openSUSE Linux 13.2, 13.1, 12.3
  • Linux Mint 18, 17, 16, 13
  • Kali Linux 2017.1
  • Zorin OS 12.1
  • elementary OS 0.4
  • Manjaro Linux 17.0.1
  • Mageia 5, 4.1, 3
  • OpenVZ 7
  • Solaris 11.3, 11, 10
  • OpenBSD 6
  • FreeBSD 11, 10, 10, 9, 8
  • 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

Read our knowledge base article surrounding System Requirements for Parallels Desktop 13!

Note:
Parallels Desktop for Mac emulates PC hardware, so operating systems that are not present in this list could potentially work as well. If they are not on the list it is due to a low request for support testing or our engineers found some critical issues.

You can download the Parallels Desktop trial and install an operating system of your choice. If it doesn’t work and you believe it should be supported, let us know on the Parallels Forum.

Want to Move Your PC to Your Mac as a New Virtual Machine?

  • 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 drive storage for migrating via external disk
  • Supported Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000
  • Supported Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Ubuntu 8.0

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At Parallels, Kayla is the Audience Marketing Manager who yearns for customer storytelling, analytics, & all things Apple. She can be spotted hula hooping around Seattle, hiking the Pacific, or searching for the elusive "perfect cup of coffee."