I have a MacBook Pro with M1 CPU and I would like to install virtual macOS ARM in Parallels Desktop . Where can I download macOS ARM please, the store only has downloads for Intel CPUs. Thank you very much for your advice.

  • What version of Parallels?
    – mmmmmm
    Oct 9, 2021 at 18:54

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You can download macOS on the App Store which will, of course, run on Apple Silicon.

The direct link to Big Sur is https://apps.apple.com/app/macos-big-sur/id1526878132

  • macOs I downloaded from the store is for Intel processors, not for M1 processors :( Any other tips? Thanks Oct 9, 2021 at 12:38
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    What makes you assume that? Oct 9, 2021 at 12:46

There is only one version of macOS, and it contains the binaries for both architectures. Apple calls this a Universal Binary.

I can't see anything on the App Store to suggest that the App Store download is for Intel only.

However, your problem may be more to do with Parallels itself than macOS. According to this Parallels Support document, the supported OSes on an M1 Mac do not include macOS: only Windows ARM (Insider Preview) and various Linuxes.

So you should really contact Parallels for help.

  • Applicatio Parallels Desktop (version App Store Edition 1.7.0 23447) It reports an error during installation that the edition is only for Intel processors. Oct 9, 2021 at 12:43
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    @user12141596 Can you put a screenshot of the error message in your question? It sounds like Parallels is for Intel only, not the OS. The current version of Parallels Desktop in the App Store will run on M1 and Intel. But see my updated answer.
    – benwiggy
    Oct 9, 2021 at 13:14

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