Running ArcGIS on a Mac

ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro will not work natively on an Apple Macintosh computer. To use it on a Mac, you must be running Windows. To do this you can either create a dual boot setup using Bootcamp ($0), or set up a virtual machine using Parallels ($40). 

1. Setting up a dual boot system with Bootcamp

This is a free option, but will require you to either work in Windows or MacOS--you cannot toggle between the two without restarting the computer. Note that files stored in one partition will be available in the other. 

2. Setting up a virtual machine with Parallels

This option costs $40, however a big advantage is that you can switch between operating systems and access files without having to reboot your computer.