TrueOS/Trident on macOS Parallels


I don’t seem to be able to get Parallels to recognise and allow install of TrueOS/Trident 18.06 via ISO downloaded from

Is it a known problem? Has anyone tried running TrueOS/Trident in macOS Parallels?


Technically, TOS is FBSD 12 which is not officially supported by parallels:

Try FBSD-current first to see how it goes. Also, you may have a better luck with older TOS iso.

On parallels forum, there is some evidence ppl managed to install TOS:

Anyways, why bother with parallels?


Thank you for the links.
I’m not about to ditch macOS as yet and want to test run both side by side and try the experience.


TrueOS includes VBox guest support.
# pkg info virtualbox-ose-additions
Name           : virtualbox-ose-additions
Version        : 5.2.6_1
Installed on   : Sun Mar 25 19:32:25 2018 EDT
Origin         : emulators/virtualbox-ose-additions
Architecture   : FreeBSD:12:amd64
Prefix         : /usr/local
Categories     : emulators kld
Licenses       : GPLv2
Maintainer     :
WWW            :
Comment        : VirtualBox additions for FreeBSD guests
Options        :
        DBUS           : on
        DEBUG          : off
        OPENGL         : off
        X11            : on
Shared Libs required:
Annotations    :
        FreeBSD_version: 1200057
        cpe            : cpe:2.3:a:oracle:vm_virtualbox:5.2.6:::::freebsd12:x64:1
Flat size      : 3.79MiB
Description    :
These additions are for installation inside a FreeBSD guest.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for
enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely
feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it
is also the only professional solution that is freely available as
Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License.




I understand VM is a cheapest way to try new software, but doesn’t give the full/real picture. Besides, parallels doesn’t support “guest add-ons” on FBSD AFAIK, TOS performance will suffer miserably. As @jgroenveld suggested, vbox might be a better option or you might want to try run TOS from usb stick/HDD.