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Parallels Desktop is a hypervisor for macOS which allows users to install a variety of operating systems as 'virtual machines' (guests) on the host system, reducing the need for managing multiple physical machines. A more complete description on virtualization can be found at Wikipedia.

Installation of Arch as a guest

Parallels Desktop supports Linux guests out of the box, but only offers support for a few Linux distributions - excluding Arch Linux. This means the installation of Parallels tools have not been tested by the vendor, and requires some manual intervention to work under Arch. If you do not wish to use Parallels tools, installation is as simple as choosing 'other linux' when creating a new virtual machine and proceeding as you would on any real machine.

In addition to the instructions below, there is an installation guide for Arch Linux in Parallels Knowledgebase [1].

Parallels Tools


To improve interoperability between the host and the guest operating systems, Parallels provides a package called 'Parallels tools' which contains kernel modules and userspace utilities. See Parallels Tools Overview for a list of its features.

This article assumes users want to make full use of the tools, including Xorg configuration. If you are running a headless server, you can skip over the sections relating to X.

When referring to the version of parallel tools the form is <Parallels.Version>.<Tools Version>. For example: 9.0.24237.1028877 corresponds to Parallels version 9.0.24237 with tools version 1028877

Required Kernel & Xorg versions

The tools installer uses binaries which can sometimes be incompatible with the latest version of Xorg or kernels in the Arch repository.

Different versions have different software requirements:

  • 9.0.24229.991745 needs 3.13.8 (or possibly a later 3.13.y) (3.14 is known to show a black screen and freeze the system) and Xorg 1.15.y or earlier
  • 9.0.24237.1028877 works on Arch 3.14.15-1-lts (newer versions may work) and Xorg 1.15.y or earlier
  • works on Arch 4.1.6-1 and Xorg 1.17.2-4
  • works on Arch 4.8.7-1 and Xorg 1.18.4, after removing the PATH statement in the install script (cdrom//Parallels Tools//install), and adding 'iomem=relaxed' to kernel boot parameters.
  • works on Arch 5.1.16-1 and Xorg 1.20.5 when following this guide
  • works on Arch 5.3.1-1 and Xorg 1.20.5 (Parallels 15)

And there are different ways to obtain them:

  • linux 3.13.8 can be obtained from the Arch Linux Archive
  • linux 3.14.15 is the current linux-lts, so just install that and regenerate your grub config.
  • xorg 1.15.y can be obtained using the instructions & repo from AMD Catalyst.

See also Downgrading packages#Downgrading the kernel.

Configuring Xorg

The Parallels tools installer will take care of configuring Xorg, so just follow the instructions at Xorg to install the relevant packages on your system. Install the xf86-video-vesa package to use the vesa driver.

Preparing dependencies

The installation script expects to find your init-scripts in /etc/init.d/ and will fail if it's not present. Since Arch uses systemd, create a symlink to the systemd scripts directory and set the def_sysconfdir variable:


The installation script also expects the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf. We can just create an empty file, as it will automatically be configured by the installer:

Then, you need to install standard build utilities, python2, and kernel headers: {{Pkg base-devel python2linux-headers

depends on your Parallels version, you may have to install linux-lts-headers instead of linux-headers.

Finally, create a temporary symbolic link to python 2. Remove this link after the installation process.

Installing Parallels tools

Choose 'install Parallels Tools' from the 'Virtual Machine' menu. Parallels Tools are located on a cd-image, which will be connected to your virtual machine. You have to mount it first:

Now you can proceed to install Parallels tools using the installation script as follows:

Parallels tools with kernel v5.9+

Parallels tools currently requires to be patched to work with kernel v5.9 or newer. In case the installation step above failed, try and follow the instructions here:

Systemd Configuration


The Parallels tools daemon should be started at boot, so create a service file like the following:

Enable the parallels-tools.service service. Reboot the system and Parallels tools should now be installed and working.

Using the Tools

Sharing Folders

You can specify which folders on your hosts system you would like to share with your guests under 'virtual machine > configuration > sharing'.Then you mount a shared folder like this:

Dynamic Display Resolution

A very helpful tool is prlcc. It changes the resolution of the display (in the guest - not the host) automatically when your resize your window. If this tool is not running, the contents of the window gets stretched or shrunken.prlcc is usually started automatically and runs in the background. If not, run the following (or place it in a configuration file like /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/90-prlcc):

Future work

In general, updating system packages like the linux kernel or Xorg can break Parallels tools and you will need to re-install them. In some cases, new packages will be incompatible with the tools and they will stop working - in that case you will need to roll back the newly installed packages and wait until Parallels releases a new product build before updating your guest (in the hope they have resolved any previous incompatibilities).

See also

  • Wikipedia:Parallels Desktop for Mac – Parallels Desktop for Mac page in Wikipedia
  • Parallels Desktop User Guide per version:
    • In pdf: v15, v14, v13, v12, v11, v10
    • In html: v6
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 1. Customers who purchased and registered a copy of Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac from the Parallels Online Store or an authorized reseller on or after August 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020, are eligible for an upgrade to the next version of Parallels Desktop for Mac at no charge, subject to certain conditions. For details on the Tech Guarantee 2020, please visit the Tech Guarantee page.
    Note: : If you have a subscription for Parallels Desktop for Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition, or Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition, you can upgrade Parallels Desktop to the latest version with the license you own. Download and install Parallels Desktop 16 and use your subscription license for activation.
  2. You should receive your upgrade key within 7 days after the new version of Parallels Desktop for Mac becomes available. The upgrade key will be sent to the email that was used for registration of your Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac license.
    If you have not yet registered your copy of Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac, please register it in your Parallels account.

Parallels Drivers For Windows 10

  1. Does Windows come pre-installed with Parallels Desktop for Mac?
    Windows is not included with your purchase of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Windows can be purchased directly from Microsoft or retail stores. Please visit KB 9003 for additional information.
  2. Will Parallels run on my current Mac hardware?
    A full list of system and hardware requirements can be found here.
  3. What is the difference between Standard and Pro Editions?
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  4. What is the difference between a permanent license and a subscription?
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  5. Can I use my license on multiple Mac computers?
    Parallels licenses are valid only on one Mac per license. For more information, please reference
  6. Do you have discounts for Students/Education Staff/offer academic licenses?
    Yes. For more information on Education licenses, visit KB 113630.
  7. Is there a trial version of Parallels Desktop for Mac I can evaluate before purchasing?
    Yes, Parallels offers a free 14 day trial at
  1. Install or upgrade to the latest version of Parallels Desktop for Mac.
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  2. Install Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac.
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  3. Migrate my current Windows PC to a Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machine.
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  4. Register and activate Parallels Desktop for Mac.
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  5. Launch Windows from Parallels Desktop for Mac.
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  6. Upgrade my license to Pro Edition
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  7. Install Quicken, MS Office or other software in Windows virtual machine.
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  8. Learn how to use the Coherence mode.
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  9. Learn how to use the Parallels Desktop sharing tools.
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  1. What is Parallels Toolbox?
    Visit KB 123903 and KB 124200 to learn about Parallels Toolbox for Mac and for Windows.
  2. How can I get Parallels Toolbox?
    See KB 123902 about Parallels Toolbox for Mac and KB 124202 about the Windows version.
  3. How do I install Parallels Toolbox?
    Visit KB 123904 for information on the Mac version, and KB 124183 to learn how to install the Windows one.

Parallels Driver

  1. How to give more hard disk space to a Windows virtual machine?
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  2. How can I improve virtual machine performance on my Mac?
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  3. How to reinstall Parallels Tools in Windows Guest OS?
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  4. Fix network issues in a Windows virtual machine.
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  5. Free up disk space on Mac.
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  6. Fix 'There's not enough disk space available to start the Windows virtual machine.'
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