Step-by-Step Guide to Run .bat Files on Mac

Running .bat files on Mac computers can be a complicated process. It is not natively supported by MacOS, but it is possible using some add-ons and third-party programs. This guide will show you how to run most .bat files on a Mac using either Parallels or Winebottler.


Before you start, you need to make sure that these prerequisites are met:

  • You are using a Mac computer with macOS or OS X installed.
  • Your .bat files are not malicious and will not harm your computer.
  • Your .bat files must be in the correct location and accessible from your Mac computer.

The two recommended solutions for running .bat files on a Mac are Parallels and Winebottler, the latter being free and open-source software.


Parallels is a virtualization software for Mac computers. It allows users to run Windows 10/8/7, Linux and macOS on their Macs with ease.

Steps to run a .bat file with Parallels

  1. Download and install Parallels on your Mac device.
  2. Open the software and select the Create New option.
  3. Select the radio button to the left of Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file and click Continue.
  4. Select your desired operating system and click Continue.
  5. Wait for the installation to finish and log into your Windows account.
  6. Go to the location of your .bat file and double-click it to run it.


Winebottler is a free and open-source software that enables users to run Windows programs on their Mac computers without needing to use Parallels or any other third-party program.

Steps to run a .bat file with Winebottler

  1. Download and install Winebottler on your Mac device.
  2. Open the software, select the Batch Scripts tab at the top and click the Install button.
  3. Select the location of your .bat file and click Ok.
  4. Wait for the installation to finish and your .bat file will open in Winebottler.


What is a .BAT file?

A .BAT file (also known as a Batch file) is a text file that contains a sequence of commands to be executed by the command line interpreter.

How do I know if my Mac supports .BAT files?

Your Mac does not natively support .BAT files but can run them with the help of third-party software, like Parallels and Winebottler.

Can I use Parallels and Winebottler on different versions of macOS?

Yes, both programs are compatible with the newest versions of macOS.

How secure is running .BAT files on a Mac?

Running .BAT files on a Mac using third-party programs is generally very secure. However, as with any software, it is important to assess the risks before running any files in order to ensure they are not malicious.

Can I create .BAT files on a Mac?

No, .BAT files cannot be created on a Mac natively. However, it is possible to use third-party software such as TextEdit in order to create and edit the files.

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