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About the Macintosh Garden

The Macintosh Garden is an abandonware archive, dedicated in particular to supporting the Macintosh computer platform. A notable feature of Macintosh Garden is its emphasis on emulation, encouraging users to run historical software on modern systems.

Software featured on the Macintosh Garden has been discontinued by their publishers and is no longer commercially available. The Macintosh Garden aims to preserve these treasures for future generations, providing documentation and downloads of the original files.

With respect to copyrighted software: Non-qualifying software is removed if detected and upon request. If software is removed due to copyright, a link to the Publisher's purchase page is provided in it's place.

The website is primarily a wiki, allowing contributors to upload files and screenshots as well as edit descriptions and other details. Software is divided into Apps and Games and these are categorized by genre, year, author and publisher, etc.;

Originally founded in 2001. Throughout this time the site was hosted by "Home of the Underdogs" an earlier PC abandonware site. In late 2008, HOTU went bankrupt and the Macintosh Garden was without a home for a short period. The Macintosh Garden relaunched in 2009 in the form you now see it as it's own independent identity, and it plans to keep active for now and into the future. We hope that you like and enjoy it.

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by matheweis - 2009, April 26 - 10:02am

First, this site is awesome!

Would it be possible to let games be have multiple categories (Glider Pro, for example, is filed under "flight sim"; maybe accurate, maybe not, but it would be nice to find it under both flight and arcade, which is more accurate)

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by James from RetroMacCast (not verified) - 2009, April 24 - 1:14pm

Thanks so much for providing such a valuable resource for the many retro Mac fans out there! Congrats on the triumphant return!

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by Attila - 2009, April 22 - 6:18pm

I like the new format. Doesn't look like Mac OS 7, but it should be better for maintenance in the long run. And now that I can upload bigger files, I'll have to see what I've got on my hard drive...

Edit: Replaced 'xxx 7' with 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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by watchsmart - 2009, April 20 - 4:04am

@brian: Use an emulator! Check the "guides" section for more info.

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by brian (not verified) - 2009, April 20 - 3:02am

best way to run some of these programs on mac os x?

some only show compatibility with os 9, etc...


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by Anon - 2009, April 16 - 2:45pm

Billy, click the 'add game' at the top right of the website.
@ metalfire93, sorry, I couldn't find a copy of 'Smile - The Splattering' or C&C.

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by metalfire93 - 2009, April 16 - 12:06am

Nice site, glad to see it back for my old mac. Does anybody have a copy of a game called Smile - The Splattering, where you shoot a smiley face with guns, a laser, microwave etc, and Command & Conquer for Macs?

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by Billy (not verified) - 2009, April 15 - 11:19pm

If i obtain copies of games such as The Manhole and Myst and stuff. How would i upload them onto this site?

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by Anon - 2009, April 15 - 3:52am

@ Billy - You're in luck, we've got Cosmic Osmo but unfortunately we're missing Worlds Beyond the Mackerel, does anyone have a copy?

@ CaryMG - Thank you so much! We definitely don't want to repeat history. Feel free to give me the low down on past mistakes, and initiatives we can take for the future.

Billy's picture
by Billy (not verified) - 2009, April 15 - 12:58am

Someone PLEASEEEE upload Cosmic Osmo and the Worlds Beyond the Mackerel

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by CaryMG - 2009, April 14 - 8:33pm

What you have looks great so far !

Just one suggestion ....
What killed Macintosh Garden was the disinterest & elitism by the mods.
Please don't do that. lol

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by Alex (not verified) - 2009, April 13 - 6:00pm

Yay! The Macintosh Garden is back!

I will see what abandonware I have sitting on my old 7500/100, and promptly upload anything that is not already here.

Anon's picture
by Anon - 2009, April 10 - 5:47am


No worries, please let me know if I can help you in anyway.


Anna's picture
by Anna (not verified) - 2009, April 10 - 5:45am

This site is back??? I will now cry happy tears!! I missed this place!

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by .tiff (not verified) - 2009, April 8 - 7:43pm

Thank you for reviving this site! Looking forward to watching this site develop! The only thing I do miss are the retro Mac Classic desktop graphics, but I think I can deal with that Smile

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by tecneeq (not verified) - 2009, April 8 - 3:32pm


I believe it's very easy to use stuffit in Basilisk, wich is a 68k emulator. It's quick and runs on anything unixish. That's how i make my sit files.

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by Anon - 2009, April 8 - 2:08pm

Hi StarPlay,

I've just added Souls in the System:

Best wishes,

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by Mattscott251 - 2009, April 8 - 2:46am

I have the original Taskmaker and Lemmings and a few other games that I downloaded from the original Mac Garden that I will upload here. But How do I compress them into .sit format or whatever format they need to be in?

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by StarPlay fan (not verified) - 2009, April 8 - 12:24am

Does anyone have a copy of Souls in the System? I'm in DIRE need of it. If anyone gets me a copy I'll give back by uploading the prequel ShadowWraith

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by StarPlay fan (not verified) - 2009, April 8 - 12:24am

Does ANYONE have Souls in the System? I'm in DIRE need of it. If someone gets me a full version I'll give back its prequel ShadowWraith and a whole collection of other games.

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by thellama73 (not verified) - 2009, April 7 - 3:14pm

Thank you thank you thank you for reviving this site! I had just downloaded dozens of my favorite games of yesteryear when my harddrive crashed and I lost them all Sad
The game downloads don't seem to be working yet, but I'm surre you're on top of it. Thanks you so much.

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by Anon - 2009, April 6 - 5:47am

SterlingBen, I've fixed this, you should now be able to upload a game.

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by SterlingBen - 2009, April 6 - 5:29am

After making account I still get "You are not authorized to access this page." whenever I try to upload anything.

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by Dr Ivo Robotnik (not verified) - 2009, April 5 - 10:57pm

I cant wait to upload what I have!