The reason is that you’ll soon fill up your Mac hard drive with Revit files and nowadays, the fastest thunderbolt drives for Mac are almost as fast as your Mac’s hard drive itself.
You can’t upgrade the internal storage of Apple Silicon Macs after you’ve purchased them either so using an external hard drive is a fast and easy solution.
With this in mind, just follow these instructions to install Revit using Parallels.
Download Parallels which will automatically install Windows 11 on your Mac. If you don’t want to purchase Parallels straight away, you can also try a 14 day free trial first. Microsoft no longer requires uses to activate Windows 11 with a product key in order to use it so the great thing is Windows doesn’t cost a cent nowadays unless you want to customize it.
When you open Parallels, it will automatically Install Windows 11 for you from Microsoft.
Purchase Revit and install it in Windows on your Mac. Alternatively, you can also download a free trial of Revit to try it first. Revit works with either Windows 10 or Windows 11 but is not compatible with Windows 7. You’ll also need to create a free Autodesk account to install Revit. If you’re a student or educator you can also use Revit for free with an Autodesk Education Plan but this is strictly for non-commercial use.
Once installed, you’ll find that you can use Revit on your Mac within the Windows environment just as if you were using a PC.
You should find that Revit performs pretty well on a Mac using Parallels although using any software in a virtual machine never performs as fast as having it installed directly in macOS.
However, using Parallels to run Revit is by far the quickest and easiest way to run Revit on a Mac.
Boot Camp is a free tool on macOS that allows you to dual boot in either macOS or Windows.
Whereas a virtual machine like Parallels runs macOS and Windows simultaneously, Boot Camp only allows you to boot your Mac in either macOS or Windows. To switch between the two, you need to shut down and restart your Mac
It’s important to be aware that Boot Camp is only available in macOS on Intel Macs.
Boot Camp does not work on the latest generation of Apple Silicon Macs.
If you’ve got an Intel Mac, to install Revit simply do the following:
Follow these instructions to Install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp. The main thing to consider when installing Revit is to make the partition to install Windows as big as possible on your Mac. If you don’t have much disk space available, you can also consider using an external hard drive, preferably a thunderbolt hard drive for working with Revit.
Purchase Revit and install it in Windows on your Mac. Alternatively, you can also download a free trial of Revit to try it first. Revit works with either Windows 10 or Windows 11 but is not compatible with Windows 7. You’ll also need to create a free Autodesk account to install Revit in Windows on a Mac using Boot Camp.