Parallels Desktop 12 For Mac Catalina

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You all know that you can run Windows on your Mac with Parallels Desktop. Today, we want to show you that there is so much more to Parallels Desktop than running Windows on Mac. A large number of existing OSes can be installed in a virtual machine on the Mac with Parallels Desktop. Mac is the perfect platform as all OSes can be virtualized there; under the terms of Apple’s license agreement, Mac OS X can only run on Apple computers.

Mac operating system: macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, macOS 10.13 High Sierra or macOS 10.12 Sierra. W4 GB of memory (8 GB recommended). 500 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation. Additional disk space for virtual machines (SSD drives recommended for better performance). In this video, we will show you how to set up your Mac to continue to run 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina with Parallels Desktop for Mac.Click here to download.

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Free Systems


Parallels Desktop already integrates several free systems, and with Parallels Desktop 12, we have updated and added even more. With the Parallels Wizard (see Figure 1), you can easily find, download, and install the different OSes in a VM. This blog lists the different free systems and discusses the advantages of virtualization.

Mac OS X and macOS

Apart from Windows on Mac, there is a strong need to run different OS X versions in a VM on the Mac. This is especially useful for developers to test software and its compatibility in the specific OS X version. Another reason why VMs with an older version of OS X are frequently used by our customers is that third-party software is not always compatible with the latest OS X version, and new MacBook devices don’t support all OS X versions. In the Parallels Wizard, OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan is available, but all other OS X versions as well as the beta of macOS Sierra Updates can be integrated. An older OS X is pretty easy to find in your Mac App Store as long as you have purchased it. Some older versions (10.6, 10.7, 10.8) can also be bought in the Apple Online Store.

Beyond DirectX 11 support, Parallels Desktop 15 will also support macOS Catalina’s new Sidecar feature.This means you’ll be able to use Windows apps on an iPad when you’re using it as a.

Windows 10 development environment

Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition users can also use the Windows 10 development environment that is integrated in the Parallels Wizard. This button downloads a large VM from Microsoft with lots of developer tools pre-installed. These installs include:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation, Version 1511 (60-day trial)
  • Visual Studio 2015 Community Update 2
  • Windows developer SDK and tools (Build 10586)
  • Windows IoT Core SDK and Raspberry Pi 2 (Build 10586.0.151029-1700)
  • Windows IoT Core project templates (Version 1.0)
  • Microsoft Azure SDK for .NET (Build 2.9)
  • Windows Bridge for iOS (Build 0.1.160304)
  • Windows UWP samples (Build 3.0.0)
  • Windows Bridge for iOS samples

Modern.IE Test Environments

Modern.IE Test Environments are 90-day pre-configured test Windows VMs specially created for software developers and testers. The different test environments range from IE 6 on Windows XP to Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. To install the IE environment, please click here for further instructions.


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A great way to use VMs is to install beta versions of software. As soon as a software manufacturer releases the first beta, you can install it in a VM without damaging your system and delete it in just a few clicks afterward. For example, right now you can install the beta of new macOS Sierra Updates and test what improvements and new features there will be.

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Linux Distributions and Other OSes

There are many OSes that are completely free of charge. With just one click, they can be downloaded and a new VM will be created. The following systems are ready to be downloaded in the Parallels Wizard; of course, you can run a large number of additional OSes in a VM on the Mac.

  • Chromium OS
  • Ubuntu
  • Android
  • Fedora Linux
  • CentOS Linux
  • Debian GNU/Linux

If you have any questions regarding free systems in Parallels Desktop, let us know in a comment.

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What is your experience with using different OSes in a VM? We would love to hear what you think about it in a comment or on Facebook or Twitter!

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Parallels Desktop 12 For Mac Catalina

With macOS Catalina, Parallels Desktop for Mac users have even more powerful ways to run Windows, Linux and other OSes on Mac.

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There are two new features brought to Parallels Desktop with Sidecar. First, you can now extend your Mac display on your iPad®. Second, there’s now Apple Pencil® support within Microsoft Windows applications. With our latest version of Parallels Desktop, users are now able to use their favorite Microsoft Windows applications on iPad.

Extending the Mac display on your iPad is incredible—it allows Parallels Desktop users to view their virtual machine in full screen on their iPad. Not only does this leave your native Mac screen available for whatever your needs may be, but it also feeds directly into the second benefit of Sidecar and Parallels Desktop.

Parallels Desktop users can now run a virtual machine as full screen on their iPad as an external display. This macOS integration allows designers, CAD experts and more to use their favorite stylist on their favorite Windows programs. With Sidecar and Parallels Desktop, users have full support with the Apple Pencil or your favorite stylist.

Note: Sidecar will work with any macOS application that supports stylists and turns your iPad into a professional creative tool, such as a Wacom tablet.

Personally, Sidecar is my favorite macOS feature announced in the last few years. Using Sidecar with Parallels Desktop? It’s simply magic.

Screenshot Preview to Windows

Drag and drop like never before! Apple® has entirely reworked the way screenshots are done in macOS Mojave and Catalina, and you may notice that you can’t use their previews in Windows applications.

Parallels Desktop now makes this possible—plus, it provides the ability to drag images right from Safari, Photos and your other favorite Mac applications.


The security benefits of macOS Catalina can be broken up into three major components: hardware, system volumes and data.


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The Apple T2 Security Chip keeps your Mac secure by ensuring you’re running software that’s from a trusted developer and automatically encrypts your stored data. If you’re utilizing macOS Catalina, you’ll have a rich encryption on your host OS with the T2 chip. Plus, your virtual machine can also be encrypted to protect any unauthorized use. Learn how to encrypt your virtual machine.

Additionally, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Edition has BitLocker encryption support, making your data even more protected.

System Volume

A dedicated system volume within macOS Catalina allows the volume to be read-only, so it’s separate from all other data on your Mac. Apple implemented this so that nothing can accidentally overwrite your system files.


All Mac models with the Apple T2 security chip support an iOS feature, Activation Lock. This is beyond helpful if your Mac is ever lost or stolen—with Activation Lock, you can easily erase and reactivate.

Screen Time


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macOS Catalina brings a popular iOS feature to the Mac: Screen Time. Screen Time monitors where a user spends their time when using their iPhone. Now, macOS Catalina makes it easy for Mac users to monitor their usage with individual applications.

While Parallels Desktop is in Coherence view mode, Screen Time will individually monitor Windows programs, too.

64-bit Applications

macOS Catalina is the first version macOS to exclusively support 64-bit applications. This means any 32-bit applications will no longer be supported if your Mac is on macOS Catalina. With Parallels Desktop, users can run an older macOS as a virtual machine to support the 32-bit applications you need. In order to continue using your favorite 32-bit applications on macOS Catalina, please read our blog post: 32-bit vs. 64-bit and why it matters.

Our engineering, sales, social, support and marketing teams closely monitor what our users need from Parallels Desktop. If you’re looking for known issues with macOS Catalina and Parallels Desktop, feel free to read the testing that engineering has already completed.

If you’re looking to try the latest version of Parallels Desktop, download a free 14-day trial and get started now. Let us know what you think, or if you have any feedback to help us make the experience better. You can reach us on Facebook or Twitter, 24/7.