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AppleShare / AppleShare IP

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This page is an entry point for all versions of AppleShare available on MacintoshGarden

AppleShare was a product from Apple Computer which implemented various network services. Its main purpose was to act as a file server, using the AFP protocol. Other network services implemented in later versions of AppleShare included a print server using the Printer Access Protocol (PAP), web server, electronic mail server, and SMB / CIFS server to support file sharing to Microsoft Windows clients.

Earlier versions of AppleShare supported only the AppleTalk network transport protocol but later versions, sold under the name AppleShare IP, allowed use of the TCP/IP protocol stack, as used on most modern networks. AppleShare provided three different protocols for application-layer services: AppleShare File Server, AppleShare Print Server and AppleShare PC.

AppleShare would operate with any physical network medium. Early installations used mainly LocalTalk (and more recently Ethernet), but any physical medium could be used which could be directly or indirectly connected to an AppleShare server system.

Equivalent third-party server products include the open-source Netatalk suite on Unix-like systems, and Services for Macintosh on Microsoft Windows NT and 2000. Versions of Mac OS from System 7 onwards included Personal File Sharing, which is a more limited AFP implementation. The most obvious difference between Personal File Sharing and AppleShare is that the former supports only a small number of concurrent remote users.

All versions of Mac OS were capable of acting as a client to an AppleShare server (via AFP and later SMB) over AppleTalk and TCP/IP protocols, although more recent versions of macOS have gradually removed support for AppleTalk in favor of standard TCP/IP. Third-party vendors created client software such as PC MACLAN (discontinued) and DAVE to implement client functionality on Windows systems. Other developers offered server software that provided similar functionality on Windows Servers such as GroupLogic ExtremeZ-IP and Cyan Software MacServerIP and NetATalk on Linux. Later versions of AppleShare also implemented the SMB and CIFS protocols which are the native file sharing protocols on Windows machines.

Apple discontinued the AppleShare product line following the release of macOS Server, which provides equivalent functionality.

Hardware and Software compatibility

This table came from WikiPedia and AppleShare: Platforms and Mac OS Releases Supported.


Version Release System Software Hardware
AppleShare 1.x - System 3.1.1 - System 6.0.8 Macintosh 512K through the Macintosh Plus
AppleShare 2.0.1 1/1/1992 System 7.0 or later. System 7.1 is recommended Motorola 68000, 68020, or 68030
AppleShare 3.0.1 1/1/1992 System 7.0 or later. System 7.1 is recommended Motorola 68000, 68020, or 68030
AppleShare 4.0 -- ? ?
AppleShare 4.0.1 -- System 7.0.1 (with Tune-Up 1.1.1) through System 7.5.3; Classic AppleTalk only. System 7.1 is recommended. Motorola 68040, except Quadra 660AV and Quadra 840AV
AppleShare 4.0.2 1995 Same as for AppleShare 4.0.1 Motorola 68040, except Quadra 660AV and Quadra 840AV; PowerPC clock speeds <=80 MHz except 6100/66 and 7100/80
AppleShare 4.1 -- System 7.5.1 only NuBus PowerPC 1995-04 except 7200, 7500, 8500, or 9500
AppleShare 4.2.1 -- System 7.5.1 through Mac OS 7.6. PowerPC 1995-04; OpenTransport Compatible; No Motorola support
AppleShare IP 5.0 -- Mac OS 7.6, and Mac OS 7.6.1 PowerPC 601, 604, or 604e processor; not supported on PowerPC 603 or 603e
AppleShare IP 5.0.3 2/26/98 Mac OS 8.0 and Mac OS 8.1; Mac OS 8.1 is recommended PowerPC 601, 604, 604e, or G3 processor; not supported on 603 or 603e
AppleShare IP 6.0, 6.1, 6.1.1 1998 Mac OS 8.1 with OpenDoc 1.2.1 PowerPC 601, 604, 604e, or G3; also supported on Power Macintosh 6500 series; not supported on 603, 603e or clones
AppleShare IP 6.2 1999 Mac OS 8.6 with OpenDoc 1.2.1 PowerPC 601, 604, 604e, or G3; also supported on 6500 series; not supported on 603, 603e or clones
AppleShare IP 6.3, 6.3.1, AppleShare IP Agent Update 6.3.2, AppleShare IP 9.0.4 Update -- Mac OS 9.0; 9.0.3 or 9.0.4 with 6.3.1; OpenDoc not required PowerPC 601, 604, 604e, G3, or single G4; also supported on 6500 series; not supported on 603, 603e or clones
AppleShare IP 6.3.3 -- Mac OS 9.1 (OpenDoc not required) Released prior to 2001-07-18 with PowerPC 601, 604, 604e, G3, or G4(s); also supported on 6500 series; not supported on 603, 603e or clones
AppleShare IP 6.3.3 v1.2 -- Mac OS 9.2.1 or 9.2.2 Macintosh Server G4 (QuickSilver)
AppleShare IP 6.3.3 v1.3 -- Mac OS 9.2.2 Macintosh Server G4 (QuickSilver 2002)


System Software Recommended AppleShare Client
System 7.5 and earlier AppleShare Client 3.5
System 7.5.1 through 7.5.2 AppleShare Client 3.6.5
System 7.5.3 through 7.5.5 AppleShare Client 3.7.4 with Open Transport 1.1.2
Mac OS 7.6 through 8.0 AppleShare Client 3.8.3
Mac OS 8.1 through 9.0.4 AppleShare Client 3.8.6. (See Note 4)
Mac OS 9.1 AppleShare Client 3.8.8
Mac OS 9.2.1 AppleShare Client 3.9


  1. From a functional standpoint, AppleShare 4.0.1 is identical to AppleShare 4.0.2 for 68040-based Macintosh computers. There is no need to upgrade AppleShare 4.0.1 to AppleShare 4.0.2. The only differences between these versions are the version number itself, and that AppleShare 4.0.2 was available in a complete retail package, while AppleShare 4.0.1 is available as a tune-up only requiring installation over an existing copy of AppleShare 4.0.
  2. If you have a Workgroup Server 95, do not upgrade to System 7.5 or later. A Workgroup Server 95 with A/UX only works with System 7.0.1 and System 7 Tune-Up 1.1.1.
  3. AppleShare 4.0.2 for Power Macintosh is no longer sold separately.
  4. AppleShare Client 3.8.6 requires Keychain, part of Mac OS 9, to automatically connect to server volumes at system startup time. Mac OS 8.1 through 8.6 users who rely on this feature may wish to use AppleShare Client 3.8.3 instead. Before doing so, please see article 25038: "Mac OS 8.6: Cannot Save AppleShare Log-On Password" for known limitations and other alternatives.
  5. Macintosh computers with Mac OS 9.0.4 and Mac OS ROM 4.6 and later require the ASIP Agent Update 6.3.2.
  6. AppleShare IP 6.3.3 provides compatibility for dual-processor Power Mac G4 computers but does not provide multiprocessing performance enhancement.
  7. AppleShare IP 6.3.3 is supported only on Mac OS 9.1. The Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver) and Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) computers require minimums of Mac OS 9.2.1 and 9.2.2, respectively. They require minimums of AppleShare IP 6.3.3 v1.2 and 6.3.3 v1.3, respectively. The only changes in v1.2 and v1.3 were made in the Installer Scripts, so they will install on newer computers with versions of Mac OS 9.2.x installed. The appropriate version of AppleShare IP is currently available to education customers with purchase of a new Macintosh Server G4 with AppleShare IP bundle. This software is not sold separately, and non-education customers do not have this option.

Additional Information

This text came form the page about AppleShare 2.0.1. I moved it here to keep it recorded.

AppleShare v.1 requires any Macintosh 512K through the Macintosh Plus running System 3.1.1 - System 6.0.8.

AppleShare v.2 requires a Mac Plus - Mac II running System 3.2 - System 6.0.8.

AppleShare v.3 requires a Mac Plus and up running System 7.0.x or higher. (Thanks to Justin for proving that a 68000 can run it.)

AppleShare v.4.0.x requires a 68040-based Mac running System 7.0.x or higher.

AppleShare v.4.x.x requires a Power PC-based Mac running System 7.5.x or higher.

AppleShare IP v.5.0.x requires a Power PC-based Mac running System 7.6 or higher.

AppleShare IP v.6 requires a Power PC-based Mac running System 8.1.x or higher.

Mac OS X Server requires a G3 Power PC-based Mac running Mac OS X or higher.

(Note: The above list is compiled from readme files, some actual documentation and software testing. )

Architecture: 68k PPC


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by semvalidade2006 - 2020, November 21 - 1:30pm

I found the following files on my library. I will work to identify which exact versions they are before uploading it to MG

AppleShare 4.2--4.2.1 Updater.bin
AppleShare Addendum.pdf.bin
appleshare client.bin
AppleShare IP v5.0.2.rar
AppleShare PC 2.0 Install.image.gz
appleshare1 s33f54.bin