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Parallels is a virtualization application that lets you easily run Windows and Linux on Mac—without rebooting. It can also use to manage macOS desktops and other operating systems with a single management console.

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Parallels Desktop is the most powerful and fast emulation software for running Windows, Linux, and even older macOS versions on Intel-based Macs. It works both on Mac with the Apple M1 chip and Mac with an Intel processor – all without rebooting. You can run many Windows apps on your Mac, including performance-heavy games and CAD programs.

Features:

  • Download and install Windows in two clicks.
  • Share Mac folders with Windows—including Desktop, Documents, and Downloads.
  • Drag and drop text or graphics between macOS and Windows apps.
  • Enhanced desktop, video, and gaming experience with a higher refresh rate.
  • Use the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 device in Windows.
  • 3D graphics acceleration up to DirectX® 11.1.
  • Copy/paste formatted text and files between macOS, Windows, and Linux.
  • Drag and drop files and images between macOS, Windows, and Linux.
  • Resize the window to get the desired Windows or Linux resolution.
  • Use Mac printers in Windows and Linux.
  • Connect USB devices to Windows and Linux.
  • And many more.

 

Creating and editing virtual machine configurations is available for free. Running virtual machines requires an in-app purchase of an auto-renewable subscription (1 year). You can cancel at any time.

Additionally to its free version, Parallels also offers a free 14-day trial of Parallels’ full version.

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