Using ShipWorks on a Mac with Parallels

ShipWorks is a Windows application built for a PC platform but even though it can’t run directly in the macOS doesn’t mean Mac users can’t use ShipWorks! By installing Windows on your Mac using Parallels, you can open Windows applications alongside macOS applications without needing to restart your computer. With Parallels you’re able to copy and paste text between Mac and Windows applications (you can also drag and drop objects), easily share files, devices and other resources between Windows and your Mac, and more.

Parallels is a third party application, requiring you to download and install it onto your Mac. Parallels offers a demo period, at the end of which you will need to purchase the software in order to continue using it. You will also need, if you haven’t already done so, to purchase a valid copy of the Windows Operating System, such as Windows 10.

Check out our support page for a Getting Started with Parallels guide to walk you through downloading and installing Parallels on your Mac. It’ll also show you how to install the Windows Operating System within the Parallels virtual machine, which you’ll need in order to use ShipWorks on your Mac.

Once Windows is installed, you can install ShipWorks just like you would on any PC running Windows. You can do this by going to our Customer Download Center. Once you’ve downloaded ShipWorks, there are a few settings within Parallels that may need to be updated in order to successfully run ShipWorks on your Mac. For example, we suggest checking the amount of memory allocated to the Parallels virtual machine running Windows. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Settings icon at the top right corner of the Parallels window.
  2. Select the Hardware
  3. Select CPU and Memory from the list of available options.
  4. Use the Memory slider to allocate as much memory as possible to the virtual machine.

Check out our Setting Up ShipWorks on Mac with Parallels page for information on other settings you’ll want to update in order to successfully run ShipWorks on your Mac.