Software : Parallels : Desktop for Mac

Parallels Desktop for Mac

(as of 12/18/2018)

Software Overview

Screenshot of Parallels Desktop for Mac 13

Screenshot of Parallels Desktop for Mac 13

Main Features

  • Run multiple versions of Windows or macOS
  • Transfer files and copy and paste data between Mac and Windows systems
  • Control Windows programs like native Mac applications
  • Compatibility for plug and play USB devices
  • Take and revert back to virtual machine snapshots
  • Manage storage space used by VMs directly from MacOS
  • Improved snapshot creation, VM suspension, and shared folders performance
  • Support for over 60 operating systems
  • Security administration tools
  • 3D graphics support

Parallels Desktop for Mac is an operating system virtualization program that allows Windows and other operating systems to run on an Intel-based Mac. The program enables users to run Windows within macOS (OS X) and supports transferring files as well as copying and pasting data between the two interfaces. It supports 3D graphics capabilities and plug-and-play USB devices, including printers, digital cameras, and GPS navigation systems.

Parallels Desktop for Mac runs as an application within the macOS desktop environment and allows users to install a version of Windows or choose an existing virtual machine (VM) installation. After installation, the macOS and Windows systems are seamlessly integrated by Parallels Desktop for Mac. You can choose to run the software in full-screen mode to immerse yourself in a VM, coherence mode to use Windows applications side-by-side with macOS applications, or modality mode to run the VM as a window in macOS. Parallels Desktop for Mac allows you to share files and copied text between operating systems using drag-and-drop functionality. You can also assign plug-and-play USB devices to a host operating system, or switch between operating systems.

The virtualization software supports thousands of applications on over 60 operating systems, including Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Parallels Desktop also supports execution of macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, and 10.8 Mountain Lion as guest operating systems. Other supported operating systems include SUSE, Red Hat, Debian, Fedora Core, Mandriva, FreeBSD, OS/2, Solaris, MS-DOS, and Google ChromeTM. Both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems are supported.

The program gives you complete control of your VMs allowing you to pause, suspend, shut down, or restart the operating systems. You can also take snapshots of different states of the VMs, which enables you to revert back to a saved configuration. The virtualization program also offers Parallels Toolbox with Parallels Desktop for Mac. It provides helpful and convenient functionality to simplify common tasks. You can archive files, record your screen, take screenshots, record audio, and convert video with just a few clicks.

Parallels Desktop for Mac is a great solution for home or business users who prefer the macOS environment but may need to still run Windows-only applications. In fact, it is the most popular choice by macOS users for running Windows on their Mac machines. The program is also helpful for Mac owners who want to run Linux programs or older Windows operating systems. If you fall in either of these categories, you should try Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.PVM – Parallels Virtual Machine

Other file extensions used by Parallels Desktop for Mac 14

Supported File Types
.FDDParallels Desktop Floppy Disk Image File
.HDDParallels Desktop Hard Disk File
.HDSParallels Desktop Hard Disk File
.ISODisc Image File
.MEMParallels Desktop Memory Dump File
.PVCParallels Desktop Copied Configuration File
.PVMParallels Virtual Machine
.PVMZParallels Compressed Virtual Machine
.PVSParallels Desktop Configuration File
.SAVParallels Desktop Saved State Image File
Additional Related File Formats
.BATDOS Batch File
.CMDWindows Command File
.COMDOS Command File
.DEVWindows Device Driver File
.EXEWindows Executable File
.INIWindows Initialization File
.LNKWindows File Shortcut
.MSSTYLESWindows XP Style
.SYSWindows System File
.WPXPrinter Description File

Updated: December 18, 2018