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AlexanderMac's picture
Joined: 2019 Apr 30
Install Mac OS X PPC on emulator.

And so, for a long time I want to try installing Mac OS X PPC on some kind of emulator, but still I can not pick up an emulator. Who knows which emulator is best to install Mac OS X PPC on?


scott Praed's picture
Joined: 2010 Oct 30

I have you tried QEMU. I think you QEMU can run mac os x and other systems. Also if you have intel mac running mac os x 10.6.8 with Rosette. You can run mac os x PPC in mac os x 10.6.8 with Rosette. You have old PPC mac you run mac os x 10.4.11 in XpostFacto. XPostfacto only works on mac don't work on mac os x. It will installed in on unsupported mac on mac os x.

cbone's picture
Joined: 2011 Sep 17

Like Scott said, Qemu looks like your best bet, followed by the server versions of Leopard and Snow Leopard with VMWare Fusion, and I think PearPC would be the third option since it's not in development anymore, as far as I could tell on their sourceforge and github sites.

24bit's picture
Joined: 2010 Nov 19

Would like to second the above. Smile
10.4, 10.5 and 10.6 Server (intel) should work very well under VMWare.
QemuPPC is missing sound for OSX if memory serves, sound is only working with OS9 for now.
Other than that OSX seems to run reliable under Qemu.
PearPC is missing sound too methinks - I would not go that way for several reasons.

10.5 Server would be my choice, if you are not after a special OSX flavour.
I must have a ready made instance for VMWare on Mega still. I´ll post the link, if need should be.
(Note that some people posted that Leo Server would not run on their recent Intel hardware. On my side (SandyBridge) thinks are working.)

MikeatOS9's picture
Joined: 2015 May 19

Mac OS X 10.5 (intel version) is the lowest OS X version that runs on vmware Fusion.
I've installed the server version of it.
Works with AppleShare Client 3.8.8, when using guest only access with OS 8.6.
"Macs running System 7.5.3 to 7.6.1 can connect to ASFS 2.0.1 and later as well as Personal File Sharing in System 7 and later. These are the oldest Mac OS versions that can access shared files on Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and 10.4 Tiger.
Mac OS 8.1 through 8.6 support all the same connections as 7.5.3-7.6.1 and can also access Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard using Guest access only."
Did not work for me with OS 8.1.

24bit's picture
Joined: 2010 Nov 19

Its corrrect that Tiger Server is not "supported" by VMWare - VMWare Tools can not be installed for example. Setting up Tiger is possible though.
As written above, things may work - or not, depending on your host cpu.
If Tiger is not badly needed for some reason, 10.5 and 10.6 are the better choice.


Tiger Server in VMWare

Please note that the above screenshot is from VMWare Fusion 3.X running in Snow Leo with an old Xeon cpu.
Under VMWare 10, i5-2540m, Tiger Server quits with an error.

adespoton's picture
Joined: 2015 Feb 15

If the goal is running OS X PPC software, running 10.6.8 Server in VMWare is the best option, followed by 10.6.8 or 10.6.8 Server in VirtualBox. After that, if you want to also run 68k software going back to the original Mac 128k days, best bet is QEMU-system-PPC with the Screamer support built in. Sound works, but it's not smooth. This build (and the latest official 4.2) also have really basic ATi Rage 128 support if you've got the right build of the OpenBIOS system alongside. This means that some software that requires a GPU to run will work! VMWare also does some GPU emulation -- these are the only two options that will handle GPUs at the moment, and handling is by no means comprehensive (in fact, most features are absent).