Parallels Desktop Lite App Reviews

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uninstalling the app since you

want to put free with in app purchases then i load it and you want me to pay to use it right off without any trying it out good bye now i see y your 1 star rate is as high as 5 star

broken networking out of the box

Wouldn’t see other computers. Noticted gateway not Manually changed that which broke everything (no internet access). Changed it back. Everything still broken. As per found item on forum, uninstalled then reinstalled parallel tools but then it suggested changing the Network for Shared to Bridged but no Bridged option is shown (bridged or host). I guess tha was for a previous version. I wanted to post on the forum but since Im in trial mode it won’t let me post. So, that’s that. This is the perfect product to give you an enemy.

Almost perfect!

Love it. Sandboxed, lightweight, good performance and feature set, etc. I also have Parallels Pro licensing and I mostly use Parallels Lite because it works so well in general. I would like to see more frequent updates and the addition of linked clones… Since it costs nearly as much as Parallels outside the MAS anyway, I would like more feature parity.

avoid buggy

tried to make a yosemite vm. 3rd try seemed to work but process far too buggy and erratic. will try full program and vm fusion to see if they work better and if my 2014 mbp 13 can handle it. Retried this app based on an OS X article and it again failed to work for Yosemite. Tried Parallels 14 and VM Fusion 10. Neither would handle a Yosemite VM but Fusion did pretty well on Windows 10. My personal impression is that despite laudatory Parallels 14 reviews, Fusion is a much better consumer product. It is also priced much better with 1 $80 license covering several macs by the same owner. Parallels requires 1 license per mac. Both products seem optimized for windows and not OS S versions. Personally I am going to pass on virtualization as difficult, tricky and expensive.

WHICH subscription plan???

The two subscription plans offered are: • FREE, which specifies Linux only, and • TRIAL, which specifies 14 days of free use for virtualizing Windows, followed by a paid subscription. The problem is, I don’t want to do either of those things. I want to virtualize Snow Leopard Server on a separate partition on my Mac (currently running El Capitan). Obviously, Parallels Desktop Lite can do this, because Snow Leopard Server is one of the operating systems listed. However, neither subscription option even mentions Mac OS virtualization. The user’s guide, knowledge base, and forums failed to be remotely helpful. So… Can this application do what I need done? If so, which subscription plan is the correct one? If not, why is Snow Leopard Server listed? Honestly, the documentation leaves a lot to be desired as it only talks about virtualizing Windows. A little help? EDIT: Thank you to the developer for answering my question! I’ll give it a try, then edit my review.

Needs Full version with app store licensing

Parallels is an amazing program. It’s unreal how easily it manages to allow you to run Windows programs on your mac. The problem that I have is with the licensing. Parallels Desktop Lite is missing quite a few features from the full version of Parallels, which is available outside the mac app store for a one-time purchase price of $79. However, that only gives you one license, so you can only use it on one computer. The nice feature of Parallels lite is that you can run it on all of your computers… but then you lose the features of the full version. They need to just make the full version available from the app store. Frankly, I don’t understand why they even created a “lite” version. The subscription is $69 a year, and I doubt most people are upgrading their full version of parallels every year…

Best VM but i wish they would update

The best VM i used by far, unfortunately in the linux version they only have the ubuntu 16.04 when version 18 is out for a while...

Should specify the requirements better...

Well now Im bummed, wanted to try this to install an older version of MacOS, but it doesnt work on a 2010 Mac Pro?? Needs a 2011 or newer Mac, yet the 2010 Mac Pro and the 2012 Mac Pro are basically the same hardware inside?? Should probably list that in the requirements other than just Mac OS 10.11.5 or later and a 64-bit cpu cause well, I have both of those yet it wont work.


This app is not accessible with voiceover on the Mac. Please make this app voiceover accessible

Great for the occasional throwaway machine

Once in a while, I need to run a Linux or a macOS virtual machine for a one-shot task. VirtualBox (the only other free option that I know) always gives me a hard time, but Parallels Desktop Lite makes it fairly painless, and is (at least currently) free for that use case. Nifty! Although it's better than Parallels Desktop was several years ago and it's ages ahead of VirtualBox on that front, I still feel that Qt holds the UI back a bit.

Support Fantastic! Works wonderfully now in High Sierra 13.4!

I am now at peace with Parallels! Michael the Support person from Parallels fixed my Windows 10 and Parallels so that all of my RAM problems have been solved. Now with Parallels, Windows 10 Pro and High Sierra 13.4 running at the same tme I have over 8 GIGs available out of the 16GIGs installed. When Windows is suspended with Parallels still open I have nearly 11 GIGs free. Boot Camp no longer necessary. The drive problems were solved after the drive was reformatted. Please ignore my previous carping about Parallels, the app works great now and I will say it one last time I fouind the support team to excellent! Very savvy, patient, listens attentively, solves problems quickly. 3 Cheers for my Parallels!

Fix your support

I was trying to get this to work on my new macbook, so I could use my bootcamp partition and it did not work so I called support and it is horrible. they need to fix there support and mayby I will try again, for now I am going to use VMWare.

Too Slow

I have a 15” Macbook Pro (specs way above requirements) and it is too slow to basically do anything. include operate the microsoft store to even download office. Disappointing!

Good for linux

I initially wanted to use this just for linux vms. It worked great. Read the documentation and everything seems to work good. But When I tried to install windows. I don’t know what it’s asking me to purchase a subscribtion for windows 10 or for the parallels liscence to run windows 10. Any who, be forewarned, if you have a widnwos 10 disc with a key, an attemp to extract money out of you will be made.

No chromium os option

hi i dont see any options to install chrome os , is there any option to do it manually ? i have only three options for os (fedora,centos,debian)

No DirectX 11 Support?!

By far, this is the best version of Parallels Desktop to suit my needs. There’s just one problem! DirectX 11 Support is missing, and without it, I can’t render 3D objects! PLEASE FIX IT!! Update: As of the knowledge left in the developer’s response, which clearly states that OpenGL Compute Shaders (that the new macOS doesn’t support) is required to develop DirectX 11 support for virtual environments, I am officially sticking this one in Apple’s face by deleting the app, and getting a refund. However, what Apple doesn’t know is because that this issue is their fault, they’ll be taking the penalty, and NOT Parallels International GmbH. This issue isn’t my fault, nor is it the fault of Parallels International GmbH! We shouldn’t have to pay for this fine!

Enjoy being able to run Linux for free

Linux is where I would rather go than Windows, so I appreciate being able to run Linux for free. I would rather not pay $60 a year for the privilege of having my activities being spied on and sold to advertisers, so I can’t rate that aspect of this application. This app runs Ubuntu 16.04 very well, even with the graphical desktop composition effects turned on, which is something VirtualBox has always struggled with.

Not worth it!

I downloaded this then realized that to run Windows they REQUIRE an annual subscription of $69. This should not be a subscription-based software! Oh well look like I'll be installing VMWare Fusion as it is a one-time fee! Developer - Read the reviews, your customers don't think this is worth it!!

Looks good, a few issues

Slick look, but there are a few issues. So far I noticed that Chrome does not work out-of-the-box on a Mac guest. (Needs hardware acceleration turned off.) Also takes a long time to support new MacOS versions for the guest OS.


Update: Hello, I am glad to say I gave this more of a shot and found that my previous post was overcritical, it’s a great app, I feel the lite version runs a little slow. However, similar to everyone elses post, this strikes me as an app which should be a one time pay instead of a subscription, especially when you could simply use disk utility to do what this offers. 60$ a month is not a good amount to expect for just the convenience of not reseting your computer and loading up windows.

Competitive Software for Linux Virtual Machines on MacOS

While I don’t believe this to be worth $60 a year for adding Windows capability, the free availability with Linux only is a great plus! I was a full Parallels supporter for quite awhile, but when I stopped using Windows all together, I just switched to using VirtualBox for my linux needs. After having issues with virtual box and how it deals with graphics on MacOS, I was pleased to find this software instead. It’s rarely talked about, and it’s powerful for Linux VMs on MacOS. It’s not perfect though. Parallel Tools has issues when installing on newer Linux Distrobutions and the majority of the distrobutions that you can download straight from the application are extremely outdated. If the developers could update the software to just pull downloads from the most recent images of the distrobutions that they advertise, it would make this app a 5/5!

$60/Year to run virtual machines

I thought this was going to be a great solution for a client who’s version of Parallels would not install due to High Sierra needing special permissions to load kernel extensions. Parallels Lite popped up in my hours of Googling and I felt great relief. And it’s free! Oh wait no it’s not. These guys want $60/year to run non-Linux Virtual Machines. Very sad to see more vendors move to a subscription model instead of just selling you the software once. Offer a one time price, we don’t want a subscription model!!! Especially when the "buy one time” version is coded where it will not install without special permissions for the KEXTs, but this one uses HyperVisor instead (read: coded to be properly compatible with macOS for the ideal user experience) and they hold you at a $60/year ransom to get the proper version.

Spent $60 dollars on this so I could play games on Steam

COULDN’T. Waste of time/money

Failed to create a bootable disk image file for this vecrion of OS X.

Its not working on Hi Sierra.

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?


I pay for it 60$ , 5 days ago but you didnt get to me access to parallel, and I sended to you 2 mail but you didnt answer to me why? what Do I DO? Where I contact ? wheeeereeee????

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.

Good!But why i cant search this app in China?

My friend has Chinese AppleID and cant search this app.

Did not let me load download windows

DIdn’t let me download windows. Waste of my money. I want a refund.

Mous went crazy

I have similar problem like one of the review. After using Parallels Desktop Lite I feel like I have problems to controll mouse. Controlling mouse by using touchpad was the best thing my MAC had. I liked it so much that I never wanted to use real mouse. Now, after using Parallels it all chenged. I am starting to hate it. I can’t point mouse pointer as easy and precise as earlier. I need to try couple of times only to hit the x when closing tab in Safary, for example. Hopefully you will fix this soon.

Ubuntu 17.04

Hello) Thank you fo this great app. But what about Ubuntu 17.04? When the app will support it. I'm upgrade from 16.10 to 17.04 and everyting stop working(((

No option to access pre-installed bootcamp

It doesn’t appear the the Lite versiuon allows a user to access a bootcamp installation that is already installed on my MAC. That is fine but it would be extremely helpful to SAY THAT IN THE DESCRIPTION so I don’t have to waste my time checking your help menus, etc.

Not compatible

I think this would work great, but I wasn’t able to try it. Upon launching, I got a message saying my mac isn’t compatible. The hardware specifications aren’t listed here, and were difficult to find, but it turns out you need a 2011 or newer mac to run it, a bit of a disappointment.

loved it

made my life really easier, i can use OS and windows appropriately and effectively at the same time.

This is the best program for launch other OS!

I have used Parallels Desktop before I think that the most helpful program for macOS.

Best VM software I’ve used so far

First of all, I’m thrilled I can get this through the Mac App Store. I like having updates centralized and knowning that the applications are sandboxed and have to “play nice,” but I never really expected virtualization software to be available here. Parallels Desktop Lite runs my Linux VMs the fastest of any VM software I’ve used so far. The easy download and install function is great, and the default configurations are performant with relatively easy to understand machine settings. I primarily run it on a 2012 Retina MacBook Pro but my Linux VM even runs fairly well on my 2015 12” MacBook, which surprised me. Definitely recommend giving this one a go, especially if you are aiming to use a Linux distro as a guest OS (I have yet to try Windows, but I imagine it also performs well).


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.

This app fulfilled my dream

I aways been curious to test drive chrome os, and i always failed to install it on VM properly , what Prallels did, downloaded the image, installed the os and configured VM .. all i had to do is to sign in to Gmail , and play around… everything went seamless. Installing ubuntu was another seamless experince , i am very happy with it .

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