Parallels Desktop 19 for Mac updates summary

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration of Parallels Desktop' started by Mikhail Ushakov, Aug 22, 2023.

  1. Mikhail Ushakov

    Mikhail Ushakov Parallels Team

    Parallels Desktop 19 for Mac 19.2.1 (54832)
    Parallels Desktop for Mac 19.2.1 (54832) update addresses the overall stability and security issues.
    Parallels Desktop 19 for Mac 19.2.0 (54827)
    Parallels Desktop for Mac 19.2.0 (54827) update addresses the overall stability and security issues and includes the following additions and improvements:

    • Introduces a new approach to VM cloning using native APFS mechanisms that drastically improves cloning operation speed;
    • Introduces a new approach to the "Sign in with Apple" option for signing into a Parallels account that supports Apple IDs with hardware security keys added as a second authentication factor;
    • Fixes an issue where a VM window becomes half transparent while running on a Mac with multiple displays;
    • Fixes an issue where Parallels Desktop loses network communication in an IPv6-only network.
    Windows 11
    • Fixes an issue where the Windows context menu appears behind the application window in Coherence mode;
    • Fixes an issue where Windows VM fails with BSOD while running on an external drive with macOS Sonoma as a primary OS;
    • Fixes an issue where a video timeline was not displayed correctly in the VIRBE video editor;
    • Sets A4 as a default paper size for new shared printers added to Windows machines.
    (virtual machines on Macs with Apple silicon)

    • Closing the virtual machine window automatically suspends the VM (requires macOS Sonoma 14.1 or newer);
    • Adds the ability to disable automatic updates for Parallels Tools by executing the Terminal command ($ prlctl set --tools-autoupdate no);
    • Adds the "Clone..." option to the VM context menu.

    Parallels Desktop 19 for Mac 19.1.1 (54734)
    Parallels Desktop for Mac 19.1.1 (54734) update addresses the overall stability and security issues and includes the following additions and improvements:
    • Fixes an issue where USB devices don't appear in Windows OS when connected directly;
    • Fixes an issue where a Linux machine display remains blurred after resizing the VM window;
    • Fixes an issue where macOS Sonoma machine on Apple silicon loses network connection.

    Parallels Desktop 19 for Mac 19.1.0 (54729)
    Parallels Desktop for Mac 19.1.0 (54729) update addresses the overall stability and security issues and includes the following additions and improvements:

    Windows 11

    Adds a blur effect during the virtual machine window resizing to better indicate the resolution adjustment process;
    Fixes various graphics issues with OpenGL-based applications, including AutoTRAX Dex, FINALE 3D, Blender 3.3 LTS, Optuma, TerMus-BIM;
    Fixes an issue of using several windows of a Windows application in Coherence mode on different macOS spaces;
    Fixes an issue where mac OS dock would disappear when running Windows 11 on external display, even with the "Automatically hide and show the Dock" option disabled in macOS;
    Fixes an issue with macOS dock not hiding when the "Optimize full screen for games" option is enabled.


    Adds a blur effect during the virtual machine window resizing to better indicate the resolution adjustment process;
    Adds support for Linux kernel version 6.5.


    For virtual machines on Mac computers with Apple silicon

    Adds the ability to suspend and resume a virtual machine (macOS Sonoma 14.1 is required as a primary OS);
    Fixes an issue where keyboard input stops working after upgrading a virtual machine from macOS Monterey to macOS Sonoma 14.

    Parallels Desktop 19 for Mac 19.0.0 (54570)
    The new major Parallels Desktop version 19.0.0 (build 54570) delivers the following improvements:
    All editions of Parallels Desktop 19 for Mac
    Ready for macOS Sonoma 14
    Parallels Desktop 19 fully supports macOS Sonoma 14 both as a primary OS on Mac as well as running in a virtual machine, so you can upgrade your Mac computers when the new operating system is available. You will see more details about specific improvements for macOS Sonoma below.
    Look and Feel
    • Adds a new application icon that reflects the latest design guidelines;
    • Adds redesigned dialogs and alerts for easier interaction with the application;
    • Adds confirmation dialogs before opening archived and packed virtual machines;
    • Adds a "Do not show again" checkbox to the warning dialog when reverting to a snapshot.
    Windows on Mac
    • Integration with Mac: Enables using your Mac's Touch ID to log into your Windows 10 or Windows 11 virtual machine. Your Windows account credentials are securely stored in macOS Keychain, protected with Touch ID, and available only on this Mac.
    • Graphics: Adds support for OpenGL up to version 4.1 in Windows, enabling you to run ArcGIS CityEngine 2023, Vectorworks Vision 2023, VariCAD, Deswik.CAD, and more. This version also improves performance for ArcGIS Pro software.
    • Printing: On macOS Sonoma, Parallels Desktop 19 now uses an Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) to print from Windows, providing better compatibility with hardware-supported features.
    • Keyboard: In Microsoft Edge, Command+W now closes a tab instead of quitting the application.
    • Adds support for several newest Linux distributions, including Ubuntu 22.04.2, Fedora 38, Debian 12, CentOS 9, and more;
    • Enables installing and running the Arm version of CentOS 9 Stream on Mac computers with Apple Silicon.
    macOS (as a virtual machine)
    • Adds the ability to pause and resume macOS virtual machine on Apple silicon;
    • On macOS Ventura 13 and newer, adds the ability to install macOS virtual machines on Apple silicon Macs from an IPSW image using the "Create New" dialog;
    • On macOS Ventura 13 and newer, adds support for "Scroll & Zoom" multi-touch gestures;
    • On macOS Sonoma 14 and newer, enables support for dynamic virtual machine resolution adjustment based on the virtual machine window size.
    Parallels Desktop 19 for Mac Pro Edition only
    Improved compatibility with HashiCorp Packer
    • Parallels SDK and Python are no longer required for Parallels Packer Plugin and Parallels Desktop;
    • Adds the ability to use Packer with a macOS virtual machine on Apple Silicon;
    • Includes a set of sample Packer templates to be used with Parallels virtual machines:
    Linux on Apple silicon: x86_64 emulation
    • Adds a ready-to-download Ubuntu appliance to the "Create New" dialog, configured specifically for running x86_64 containers or applications. Note: Ubuntu snap applications are not supported;
    • Adds the option in the CPU & Memory settings to enable x86_64 emulation in Linux virtual machines on Apple Silicon machines. This option is enabled by Apple Rosetta 2 and allows developers to run x86 Docker containers and MS SQL Server. Note: Additional configuration is required within Linux. To get started quickly, download a pre-configured Ubuntu Linux virtual machine via the Installation Assistant menu.
    Visual Studio Code extension for Parallels Desktop
    • Adds a new Parallels Desktop extension for Visual Studio Code to create, group, create and manage Parallels virtual machines and Vagrant boxes in a more flexible way than ever before;
    • Allows you to quickly manage your containers from within the Visual Studio Code extension, you can start/stop/restart a container without the need to log into the machine as long as it is running.
    • Adds the ability to use port forwarding with a macOS virtual machine on Apple silicon (requires a macOS Sonoma 14 as the host OS). Configure port forwarding rules in the Parallels Desktop preferences -> Network.
    Command Line
    • Adds the ability to send keyboard key events (press/release) using the prlctl command-line tool (e.g., $ prlctl send-key-event <VM ID> -k,--key <key> | -s,--scancode <scancode> [-e,--event <press|release>] [-d,--delay <msec>]);
    Software developers and IT pros using Parallels Desktop are welcome to share their feedback about these improvements, discuss feature suggestions, and have fun with like-minded people at Parallels Desktop Discord channel.
    Parallels Desktop 19 for Mac Business Edition only
    • Adds support for enrolling Windows virtual machines in Windows management solutions (e.g., Intune):
    Using Parallels Deployment package (improved);
    Using Parallels My Account configuration profiles to provision Windows virtual machine (support added);
    Using a prepackaged Windows virtual machine and sharing it as a file (support added).
    • Adds support for deploying Parallels Desktop with a macOS virtual machine for Mac computers with Apple silicon.
    What was removed from Parallels Desktop 19
    According to the statistics from the users who participate in the Parallels Customer Experience program, some product features are rarely used or not at all. We have decided to either stop supporting and remove them from Parallels Desktop or focus on frequently used features and further enhancements.
    • macOS 10.14, 10.15, and 11 (as primary OS) will not be able to run Parallels Desktop 19. As a user, you can still use previous versions of Parallels Desktop on these macOS systems and even activate it with your Parallels Desktop 19 license key;
    • On Mac computers with Intel processors, older Windows OS versions (2000, XP, Vista, 8, and 8.1) are no longer supported. As a user, you can still install or use them, but they are no longer maintained. Parallels recommends upgrading to the latest versions;
    • The "Print to PDF (Mac Desktop)" printing option is no longer available. Use Microsoft's "Print to PDF" instead;
    • On Mac computers with Intel processors, the "Transfer Windows from PC" option is no longer available. Use Apple Migration Assistant to migrate data and reinstall Windows applications in your new Windows virtual machine manually;
    • The "Check for Updates" dropdown with the check frequency selector is no longer available. If automatic checks are enabled, Parallels Desktop checks for updates once a day when running.
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  2. BrianB4

    BrianB4 Bit poster

    I received an email for a free update to Parallels 19 this morning, but the link takes me to Parallels 18 which I purchased witiin the last week. Where's the link for Parallels Desktop (Standard) 19
  3. MattL7

    MattL7 Bit poster

    Disappointing that you have dropped macOS 11 support
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  4. MatthewR20

    MatthewR20 Most valuable person

    Does this link work for you?
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  5. ChristophK2

    ChristophK2 Hunter

    What? BigSur isn't supported? I was wondering when I installed (tried to) the update from 18 to 19 (which I got recommended to do), that 18 is still there. See no traces of 19. Also the DMG output looked terrible.

    Attached Files:

  6. cyb3rw0lf

    cyb3rw0lf Junior Member

  7. Mikhail Ushakov

    Mikhail Ushakov Parallels Team

    The issue has already been fixed, the link should work correctly and download Parallels Desktop 19 installer.
  8. Mikhail Ushakov

    Mikhail Ushakov Parallels Team

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  9. CharlieS4

    CharlieS4 Member

    I agree with this, and the email I received about the update had no mention of the support being dropped (had to find the release notes to find out), and the installer for 19 does not tell you that macOS 11 as a host OS is no longer supported and it looks like a bug in the version 19 installer that it installs version 18 again when you are expecting version 19 to be installed.
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  10. Dmitry@Parallels

    Dmitry@Parallels Parallels Team

    Hi @CharlieS4, the installer should've shown you a message saying that an earlier version of Parallels Desktop will be installed on the OS as it is outdated. Would you please try to recall if you've seen one?
  11. CharlieS4

    CharlieS4 Member

    N/a at all here the email about it did not say older macOS version was dropped nor did the download site right away, tho the site refused to send version 19 when I clicked the upgrade notification Parallels Desktop saying it was ready to download. That screenshot you posted is not for the first release of Parallels Desktop 19 installer as it just installs Parallels Desktop 18 there was no message like that.
  12. ChristophK2

    ChristophK2 Hunter

    I'm experiencing the issue is away from being fixed:

    I let my automatic renewal expire yesterday with the intention to buy a one time license. For this purpose I went to the paralleles download page and klicked on"kostenlos herunterladen".

    Klickung on the DMG in the download folder opens and it says "Parallels 18 for Mac". I was expecting "Parallels 19 for Mac".

    Big "?".

    Attached Files:

  13. Mikhail Ushakov

    Mikhail Ushakov Parallels Team

    It might be due to a cashed file issue. If you proceed further with the installation, what version will be installed?
  14. DaleE

    DaleE Member

    it appears there is little to no reason to go to Parallels 19. Too many features were remove, which are required.
    Most financial and IRS regulations require 7 years after the date of filing for access to software which is a minimum of 8 years.
    Well support for El Capitan and Mojave 10.14 have been dropped but are required to provide support of Customer and tax needs.
    Printer drivers interface has changed. Example HP Office Jet Premium 7600 no longer prints properly from Software generated PS codes sent to printers.
    In order to upgrade those compatibilities MUST be restored to the software.
    As I understand with purchase of this software the license key can be used to install other older versions like Parallels Desktop for Mac 9. However, it does not say if it can be installed as a stand alone on the older MacOS which would be required for printing to work correctly. Is it true older version can be installed? Is it true the version must be installed as s VM in PDM 19? If so it will not work correctly with older PS printer.
    Please let me know.
  15. HC_3

    HC_3 Hunter

    is there already a solution to the drag&drop problem?
    --> #3
  16. Mikhail Ushakov

    Mikhail Ushakov Parallels Team

    For now you can try to install Parallels Desktop 19.1.1 and check if the issue remains. The build can be downloaded from here. We're working on a fix for this issue to address it for you as soon as possible.

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