Parallels Desktop 14 System Requirements


Parallels Desktop 14 System Requirements are fully listed below. We encourage users to read them thoroughly to understand the capabilities prior to downloading or buying our product. Users may be pleasantly surprised at the incredible performance of Windows, Linux, and other popular operating systems on their Mac® with Parallels Desktop. 


Check your Mac hardware to ensure you can run Parallels Desktop without experiencing future issues. We’d love to make sure you get the most out of Parallels Desktop and the virtual machines you create.

  • A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M, or Xeon processor.
  • Minimum 4 GB of memory—8 GB is what we recommend. This will improve general performance, especially if you intend to use resource-heavy tasks within the virtual machine, such as gaming, 3D, or CAD.
  • 600 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop application installation.
  • Additional disk space for virtual machines. (Varies on desired operating system and applications installed, e.g. at least 16 GB of disk space is required for Windows 10.)
  • SSD drive is recommended for better performance.
  • Internet connection for product activation, select features, and future updates.

macOS Minimum Requirements to run Parallels Desktop:

  • macOS Mojave 10.14
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or later
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.6 or later
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 or later

Guest Operating Systems Supported as Virtual Machines within Parallels Desktop:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 7 (SP0-SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP0-SP3)
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • MS-DOS 6.22*
  • Boot2Docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7, 6, 5
  • CentOS Linux 7, 6, 5
  • Fedora Linux 28, 27, 26
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 17.10, 16.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 9.4, 9, 8, 7
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 12 SP3, 11 SP3, 11 SP2
  • openSUSE Linux  15, 42.3, 13.2, 13.1, 12.3
  • Linux Mint 19, 18, 17
  • Kali 2018.2, 2018.1, 2
  • Elementary 0.4
  • Manjaro 17
  • Mageia 6, 5, 4, 3
  • Gentoo Linux*
  • Solaris 11.3, 11, 10*
  • openBSD 6*
  • FreeBSD 11.1, 10, 10, 9, 8*
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2, 1.2*
  • ReactOS 0.4*
  • Android OS**
  • 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

*Parallels Tools are not available for this operating system.

**Only the one downloaded with help of Installation Assistant.

Note: Parallels Desktop for Mac emulates PC hardware, so operating systems that are not present in this list can work as well. They are not on the list because our engineers have not tested them in our lab yet, or we found some critical issues and cannot confirm compatibility.

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 at Parallels Forum.

Need to migrate your PC to a virtual machine in Parallels Desktop?

  • 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, Windows 2000*

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

Note: Virtual machines that were created in Parallels Desktop 3 or 4 and never run in any other version are not going to work in Parallels Desktop 14.

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Happy virtualizing! Feel free to reach out to our team on Twitter @ParallelsCares or Facebook @ParallelsInc if you have any additional questions or concerns. We’re happy to help!

At Parallels, Kayla is the Audience Marketing Manager who yearns for customer storytelling, analytics, & all things Apple. She is an accredited Apple insider who spends her extra time hula hooping around the Pacific Northwest.

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