Parallels Desktop Lite

Developer: Parallels International GmbH

Current Version: 1.2.0

Last Updated: 6 months ago

Download Size: 234.2 MB - Download


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. 
• Download and run Linux virtual machines – Free
• Install and run OS X® virtual machines – Free
• Install and run Windows virtual machines – Requires in-app purchase
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
• Most Linux distributions
• 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 
Note: Windows is purchased separately.
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
• Time synchronization between Mac and Windows
• 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
• Share Mac location info with Windows
We want you to be completely satisfied with Parallels Desktop Lite. If you have any problems or concerns, please contact us at


Release Notes:

This update for Parallels Desktop Lite 1.2.0 addresses overall stability issues, and includes the following fixes and improvements:
- Resolves an issue with the mouse speed changing when you start or stop virtual machines
- Resolves an issue with Windows 10 not booting after updating to Creators Update
- Resolves an issue with dragging and dropping files from Mac to Windows 10 Creators Update
- Resolves an issue with web pages opening in Windows 10 Creators Update instead of opening in Mac
- Resolves an issue with Windows 10 not installing from a USB thumb drive


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1.0
Review by Twarge

Works! - Like a charm! I installed Ubuntu 16.10 from iso and it installed perfectly and allowed me to perform linux testing of command line programs. I am particularly fond of the auto-suspend function; seems to wake up super fast.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 1.1.0
Review by Rymem

It needs to stop adjusting my mouse tracking speed! - The app is great, except for one annoying thing that prevents me from using it. Whenever I start or stop a guest OS my Mac mouse speed is changed to be blazing fast. I hate this, and do not think that, by default, the app should adjust something like my mouse speed. It is very frustrating, and I got no support from Parallels support (via Twitter) where they told me not to use Apple’s standard bluetooth mouse and instead configure a USB mouse. What a terrible suggestion. Okay, Parallels, you fix this and I’ll update my review to be more positive. I was very glad to see the app come to the Mac, but in this terrible state, I just can’t use it without pulling my hair out.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.2.0
Review by EIGDeveloper

Parallels Desktop Lite is not compatible with your Mac - Parallels Desktop Lite is not compatible with your Mac. Your Mac doesn’t meet the hardware requirements. message is displayed when installer is run. If it is not compatible with my mac, why does it show in my app store? Why does the app store allow me to download it? Why does the app store start the installation? My Mac info: Macbook Pro Mid 2009, 8 GB, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 I found the hardware requiremennts: To install and set up Parallels Desktop Lite, you need: Hardware: Late 2011 or newer Mac 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) Why are they missing in the app store page for this software?

Found helpful by 9 out of 12 people
Version 1.2.0
Review by Rymem

Works great - It is great to be able to run guest operating systems on my Mac. I haven’t run in to any problem issues in this version.

Found helpful by 5 out of 7 people
Version 1.2.0
Review by jazzybeat

Failed to create a bootable disk image file for this vecrion of OS X. - Its not working on Hi Sierra.

Found helpful by 2 out of 5 people
Version 1.2.0
Review by ntrop9

Pretty good - I like the sandboxed nature of this App-store version of Parallels. I would like to see more frequent updates. For instance, there is currently not stated support for macOS High Sierra even though it runs fine on macOS High Sierra.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people
Version 1.2.0
Review by Zach H.

Spent $60 dollars on this so I could play games on Steam - COULDN’T. Waste of time/money

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people