Clear Linux* OS on Parallels* Desktop for Mac*¶
This page explains how to run Clear Linux OS Server in CLI mode as a guest OS in Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac.
Parallels Desktop for Mac is virtualization software that allows other operating systems, such as Linux, to run side-by-side with macOS*.
Download a live-server ISO installation file from https://clearlinux.org/downloads. This guide uses Clear Linux OS Server 30140 as its example.
Unzip the ISO image with the command:
Start Parallels and initialize your VM with the following steps.
In the opening dialog window, select Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image, then click Continue. (See Figure 1.)
On the next screen, select Image File, then click Select a file… as shown in Figure 2.
Select your ISO file. The system displays the warning message “Unable to detect operating system”, as shown in Figure 3. This message is expected and can be ignored. Click Continue.
You are prompted to select your OS, as shown in Figure 4. Select Continue.from the drop-down menu and click
Name your VM and check Customize settings before installation. (See Figure 5.)
Click Create. The Configuration window for the new VM opens, as shown in Figure 6.
Expand Advanced Settings. Set BIOS to “EFI 64-bit” and in the Boot flags field, enter “vm.bios.efi=1” as shown in Figure 7.
Close the Configuration window and click Continue.
If camera and microphone access restriction warnings are displayed, you can ignore them.
Follow the prompts and install Clear Linux OS using the text-based installer as shown in Figure 8.
Refer to Install Clear Linux* OS from the live server for additional installation instructions.
After installation, reboot the VM. You are prompted to log in, as shown in Figure 9. Log in with the credentials you used when you installed Clear Linux OS on the VM.
Congratulations! You have successfully set up a Clear Linux OS VM using Parallels Desktop for Mac.