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  • Jun 23, 2018 Where to Find & Download Much Older Mac OS Software for Classic Mac OS, PowerPC, 040, etc. What about locating much older Mac OS software? Say, Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9 system software, or System 7.5.2 and System 7.6.1? And what about apps for those much older Mac OS Classic system software releases for older PowerPC, 68040, and 68030 processors?
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An easy way to run 'classic' Mac OS applications under Windows. Under Windows, software written for the 'classic' Mac OS (i.e. Versions 6 through 9) can only be run through software that emulates Macintosh hardware from 1980s and 1990s. The most advanced of these emulator programs is SheepShaver.

Apple Airport 2.0.4
AirPort 2.0.4 software works with all versions of AirPort cards and basestations. If you are using AirPort 2.0.4 with earlier versions of theApple AirPort Card and/or Apple AirPort Base Station, your hardware maybe upgraded with new features and capabilities including 128 bitencryption.
Note: Earlier versions of the AirPort Base Station (Graphite) cannot beupgraded to 128-bit encryption.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: June 6, 2002
  • Requirements: Mac OS 9.2.1 or 9.2.2

Download File Size: 8.7 MB

Apple CD-ROM 5.4
Software that lets you use an Apple CD-ROM drive with your Macintosh computer. Previously only available from Mac OS 8.0.
  • License: Free Update.
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: May 19, 1997
  • Requirements: An Apple CD-ROM, System 7.1 or higher - Note: Later versions come with Mac OS 8 and higher.

Download File Size: 96 Kb

Apple Displays 1.7.1
Replaces all previous versions of Apple's monitor software. Including Apple Vision and Multisync Monitors.
  • License: Free Update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: February 11, 1999
  • Requirements: Mac OS 8.0, 8.1, 8.5, or 8.5.1 and any Apple monitor made before the release date

Download File Size: 96 Kb


Apple DVD Player 2.7
The Apple DVD Player is a full-featured, software only DVD player for Mac OS 9.1 and later. This version adds unified support for all Macintosh G3 and G4 models that shipped with AGP graphic display cards, including support for both the ATI and Nvidia graphics cards. It is not compatible with the DVD hardware in the Power Macintosh G3, PowerBook G3, and Power Mac G4 (PCI graphics) series computers.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: June 11, 2001
  • Requirements: Mac OS 9.1 and later, Macintosh G3 and G4 computers shipped with AGP graphics display cards.
    It is not compatible with the DVD hardware in the Power Macintosh G3, PowerBook G3* and Power Macintosh G4 (PCI graphics) series computers
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Download File Size: 1778 Kb

Apple Game Sprockets 1.7.5v1.1
Apple's extensions for making games both easier to use and to develop.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: October 24, 2000
  • Requirements: Mac OS 8.1 or later, USB based Macs require Mac OS 8.6 or higher

Download File Size: 879 Kb - Apple Game Sprockets 1.7.5v1.1

Apple/GV 56K Modem Updater 1.1.3
Includes Apple/GV 56K Updater 2.200 and Apple/GV 56K Updater v1.001.The Apple/GV 56K Updater 2.200 installs the V.90 protocol. If you haveupdated to the V.90 protocol and discover that your ISP only supportsK56flex, run the Apple/GV 56K Updater v1.001 to install the K56flexprotocol.
  • License: Free Update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: January 15, 1999
  • Requirements: The 56k internal modem which came with the Power Macintosh G3 (Desktopor Minitower, or Power Macintosh 6500 series computers. These updaters DO NOT support the modem in the iMac or the new PowerMacintosh G3 (Blue and White).

Download File Size: 867 KB

Apple Modem Updater 2.0
The Apple Modem Updater will update modems in the PowerBook G3 Series, iMac,Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White), and Power Macintosh G4 (PCI and AGP)computers. The updater installs version 2.3 of the Conexant firmware whichcontains the latest versions of both the V.90 and the K56flex protocols. Themodems can use either the K56flex or V.90 protocols and will automaticallynegotiate with the service provider to use the appropriate one.
After you have updated the modem you may notice that the connection speed thatis reported when you first establish a connection may be lower than it was priorto the upgrade, however the modem throughput will be at least as good and oftenbetter than before the upgrade. Throughput is the measure of how quickly acertain amount of data is transferred from one modem to another. It is importantto remember that the connection speed that is reported is only the initialconnection speed. The modems will adjust their communications speed as lineconditions require. A faster connection speed does not necessarily indicate ahigher throughput, factors like resending data due to noise on the phone lineswill lower overall throughput.
  • License: Free Update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: October 17, 2000
  • Requirements: This updater supports the internal modem which came with your PowerBook G3 Series, iMac, PowerMacintosh G3 (Blue and White), and Power Macintosh G4 (PCI and AGP) computers.

Download File Size: 1289 KB

Apple Printers
Updates for your Apple printer.
  • License: Free Updates
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: Various
  • Requirements: Appropriate Apple Printer

Direct Download - Apple Color StylerWriter 4000 Update 1.0 File Size: 1725 Kb - Released: July 10, 2000 - Mac OS 9 fix for the Color StyleWriter 4100 and 4500

Direct Download - Apple Color StylerWriter 6000 Series 3.1.1 (Disk 1 of 3) File Size: 442 Kb - Released: August 5, 1997 - Use for the Color StyleWriter 6000 Series

Direct Download - Apple Color StylerWriter 6000 Series 3.1.1 (Disk 2 of 3) File Size: 1165 Kb - Released: August 5, 1997 - Use for the Color StyleWriter 6000 Series

Direct Download - Apple Color StylerWriter 6000 Series 3.1.1 (Disk 3 of 3) File Size: 804 Kb - Released: August 5, 1997 - Use for the Color StyleWriter 6000 Series

Direct Download - Apple Color StylerWriter 2500 2.2.1 File Size: 2268 Kb - Released: January 15, 1997 - Use for the Color StyleWriter 2200, 2400 and 2500

Direct Download - Apple Color StylerWriter 1500 2.2.1 File Size: 2068 Kb - Released: January 15, 1997 - Use for the Color StyleWriter 1500, StyleWriter, StyleWriter II, and StyleWriter 1200

Direct Download - Apple Color StylerWriter Pro 1.5.2 File Size: 203 Kb - Released: March 25, 1995 - Use for the Color StyleWriter Pro

Direct Download - LaserWriter 8.6 File Size: 3588 Kb - For all systems Previous to Mac OS 8.5 - released March 24, 1998

Direct Download - LaserWriter 8.6.1 File Size: 3097 Kb - Mac 0S 8.5x only - released March 24, 1998

AppleScript 1.8.3
AppleScript lets you automate tasks you do on your computer. Using AppleScript and the scriptable applications and scripting additions included with Mac OS 9.2.2, you can automate
changing appearance settings
adding an alias to the Apple menu
opening, renaming, and moving files and folders
arranging folder windows
backing up your hard disk
connecting to servers and shared disks
printing groups of documents
setting up network connections
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: May 10, 2002
  • Requirements: Mac OS 9.2.2

Download File Size: 1.5 MB

AppleWorks 6.2.9
The latest version of AppleWorks - (formerly) the most popular program on the Mac - isreally several applications in one. It gives you six core capabilities (and anumber of combinations thereof): word processing, spreadsheet, database,presentation, drawing and painting.
  • License: Free Updates
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: January 14, 2004
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.0 to Mac OS X 10.6.8, PPC Only

Download File Size: 15.8 MB - 6.2.9 updater

Download File Size: 4411 Kb - 6.0.4 updater - May 30, 2000

Mac

Download File Size: 1311 Kb - 5.0.4 updater - October 26, 1999

Claris Emailer 2.0v3
Apple's original foray into email.
  • License: No longer supported
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: February 11, 1998
  • Requirements: System 7.1 or higher, 68020 or better

Download File Size: 595 Kb - 2.0 to 2.0v2 Updater

Download File Size: 2.8 MB - 2.0v1 or 2.0v2 to 2.0v3 Updater

Disk Copy 6.3.3
For images in the new NDIF format.Disk Copy is a utility application that will mount diskimages on your desktop, make exact copies of floppy disksfrom a disk image, convert disk images from one format toanother, and create a disk image from a mounted volume orindividual folder.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: January 21, 1999
  • Requirements: Mac OS 7.6 or higher

Download File Size: 753 Kb - Disk Copy 6.3.3

Download File Size: 39 kb - Disk Copy 4.2

CarbonLib 1.6
CarbonLib 1.6 delivers improved functionality for Carbon-based applications on Mac OS 8.6, all Mac OS 9 releases and Mac OS X.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: June 20, 2002
  • Requirements: PPC, Mac OS 8.6 or better

Download File Size: 2963 Kb

Font Manager Update 1.0
The Font Manager Update extension fixes the following problems in the Mac OS 8.6 Font Manager:Download
Corrupt FOND resources: Under certain circumstances, the Font Manager in Mac OS 8.6 may create a corrupt resource inside some applications or fonts. When this occurs, fonts with corrupted resources cannot be moved and some third-party font management tools may crash.
Bad character height: In Mac OS 8.6, the height of characters in Apple's Japanese and Traditional Chinese fonts is one pixel shorter than in Mac OS 8.5, leading to problems displaying, editing, or printing text.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: July 28, 1999
  • Requirements: Mac OS 8.6 - All users of Mac OS 8.6 should install the Font Manager Update and use the Font First Aid utility

Download File Size: 312 Kb

G3 Firmware Update 1.1
Install the Power Macintosh G3 Firmware Update on all blue & white PowerMacintosh G3 Desktop systems to achieve improved PCI performance.
  • License: Free Update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: May 11, 1999
  • Requirements: Blue & White Power Macintosh G3 Desktop systems

Download File Size: 871 KB

G4 Cube Firmware Update 4.1.9
The G4 Cube Firmware Update 4.1.9 will run only on G4 Cube models running Mac OS 9.1 or later from a local hard disk. If you are using Mac OS X on your Cube, you must start up from a local Mac OS 9.1 or later writeable partition (not a CD or network disk) before following the update instructions.
  • License: Free update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: September 25, 2001
  • Requirements: OS 9.1 or higher, G4 Cube

Download File Size: 1273 Kb - Power Mac G4 Cube Firmware Update updater to version 4.1.9

G4 Firmware Update 4.2.8
The Power Mac G4 Firmware Update 4.2.8 will run only on Power Mac G4 andMacintosh Server G4 models with AGP graphics running Mac OS 9.1 or laterfrom a local hard disk. If you are using Mac OS X on your Power Mac G4or Macintosh Server G4, you must start up from a local Mac OS 9.1 orlater writeable partition (not a CD or network disk) before followingthe update instructions.Firmware Update 4.2.8 includes improvements to starting up Mac OS X fromthe local hard disk, FireWire target disk mode, network startup, gigabitnetworking (on systems with gigabit hardware), and system stability.This update also adds support for additional security options that allowthe Open Firmware to be password-protected.
  • License: Free update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: October 18, 2001
  • Requirements: English North-American Mac OS 9.1 or higher, AGP G4

Download File Size: 1263 Kb

HyperCard 2.4.1
Utility to allow you to view and use Hypercard stacks.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: June 11, 1998
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC

Download File Size: 1674 Kb - HyperCard Player 2.4.1

Download File Size: 5.1 MB - HyperCard Update 2.4.1

iBook Firmware Update 4.1.7
The iBook Firmware Update 4.1.7 will only run on iBook computers runningMac OS 9.1 from a local drive. If you are using Mac OS X you must bootfrom a local Mac OS 9.1 writeable partition (not a CD, or network disk)prior to following the update instructions.
Firmware Update 4.1.7 includes improvements to Firewire target diskmode, network booting, gigabit networking (on systems with gigabithardware), and system stability. This update also adds support foradditional security options which allow the Open Firmware to be passwordprotected.
This update also contains changes from earlier Firmware Updates. Thisupdate adds support for 256 megabyte (MB) memory modules and improvedsupport for using a USB storage device, such as an external hard drive,as a startup disk.
  • License: Free update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: March 20, 2001
  • Requirements: The iBook Firmware Update 4.1.7 will only run on iBooks using Mac OS 9.1 or later.

Download File Size: 1 MB

iMac Firmware Update 4.1.9
The iMac Firmware Update 4.1.9 will only run on iMac computers withslot-loading CD or DVD drives running Mac OS 9.1 or later from a localdrive. If you are using Mac OS X you must boot from a local Mac OS 9.1or later writeable partition (not a CD, or network disk) prior tofollowing the update instructions.
  • License: Free update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: May 30, 2000
  • Requirements: slot-loading CD or DVD drives running Mac OS 9.1 or later

Download File Size: 1266 Kb - iMac Firmware Update updater 4.1.9

Internet Config 2.0.2
The Internet Configuration System was designed to make your life easierby reducing the number of times which you need to enter your Internetpreferences into the various preferences dialogs of all your Internetapplications.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Quinn 'The Eskimo' and Peter N Lewis
  • Modification Date: July 22, 1998
  • Requirements: System 7 or later, and Component Manager. Ifyou've never heard of Component Manager, that's OK. It's installed aspart of System 7.1 and above, and as part of QuickTime. So chances arethat it's already on your computer. You can just run IC and it will tellyou if you don't have it installed. - Note: Internet Config 2.0.2 orhigher is incorporated into Mac OS 8.5 and higher (i.e. use the InternetControl Panel to change your settings)

Download File Size: 164 Kb - version 2.0.2

Mac OS ROM Update 1.0
Based on customer and developer feedback, Apple has made improvements to its software for the iMac, blue & white Power Macintosh G3 and bronze keyboard PowerBook G3 Series customers. The Mac OS ROM Update 1.0 replaces the Mac OS ROM version 1.4 with version 1.6, which includes the following fixes:
Fixed an intermittent issue where after startup the keyboard/mouse does not respond when a mouse is attached to the top USB port and a keyboard attached to the bottom USB port.'
A possible crash on the PowerBook G3 when removing an attached USB keyboard at the same time as putting the unit to sleep.
Hot swapping a media bay device into a bronze keyboard PowerBook G3 would not always recognize the device.
Using the Target Disk Mode feature on the bronze keyboard PowerBook G3, a user can only use the SCSI ID setting of 2.Before you install your iMac, Power Macintosh G3 or PowerBook G3 must have Mac OS 8.6.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: June 28, 1999
  • Requirements: Mac OS 8.6, iMac, B & W G3 or Bronze PowerBooks

Download File Size: 2089 Kb

Mac OS 7.6.1 Update
The Mac OS 7.6.1 Update improves the reliability of Mac OS computers.
This update is for the U.S. English version of Mac OS 7.6 only.
  • License: Free for those with system 7.6
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: April 7, 1997
  • Requirements: Mac OS 7.6 and a 68020 or higher

Download File Size: 4708 Kb - Net Install - Macbinary file

Download File Size: 7 Kb - L2 Cache Reset Extension - For 54xx/64xx Macs only - Released April 21, 1997

Mac OS 8.1
This software updates Mac OS 8.0 to Mac OS 8.1, which includes bug fixes andfeature enhancements. For complete information, please see all documentationincluded with this software.
  • License: Free update for Mac OS 8 users
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: January 19, 1998
  • Requirements: Mac OS 8 - 68040's and PPC Macs

Download File Size: 15,966 Kb - Macbinary file

Direct DownloadFile Size: 1193 Kb - Disk Tools for PPC -You may want this to install OS 8.1

Mac OS 8.5.1
Some bug fixes for System 8.5.
  • License: Free update for Mac OS 8.5 users
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: December 7, 1998
  • Requirements: Mac OS 8.5, PPC Macs

Download File Size: 2999 Kb

Mac OS 8.6
This software updates Mac OS 8.5 or 8.5.1 to Mac OS 8.6, which includes bug fixes andfeature enhancements. For complete information, please see all documentationincluded with this software.
  • License: Free update for Mac OS 8.5 users
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: May 10, 1999
  • Requirements: Mac OS 8.5, PPC Macs
Old macintosh software

Download File Size: 35,427 Kb

Mac OS 9.0.4
Mac OS 9.0.4 Update provides additional FireWire and USB support, enhances networking and powermanagement, and improves audio, video and graphics functionality.
Note: After successfully installing Mac OS 9.0.4, return to the Software UpdateControl Panel and click 'Update Now' to find and install additional importantupdates that depend on the presence of Mac OS 9.0.4.
  • License: Free update for those with Mac OS 9
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: April 4, 2000
  • Requirements: Mac OS 9, Mac OS 9.0.2, or Mac OS 9.0.3 and a G3 or higher

Download File Size: 12,578 Kb - English North American

Mac OS Runtime for Java 2.2.5
MRJ 2.2.5 is an upgrade to MRJ 2.2.4 which addresses several problemsaffecting JAR caching, network behavior and users of 2-byteinternational systems.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: June 1, 2001
  • Requirements: PPC, Mac OS 8.1 or better
    MRJ 1.5.1 works on 68030, 68040 or PowerPC microprocessors. You need System 7.5 or later

Download File Size: 5290 Kb - MRJ 2.2.5

Classic

Download File Size: 3691 Kb - MRJ 1.5.1 - Released November 4, 1997

MacPPP 2.0.1
Version 2.0.1 Works with MacTCP even on 68000 macs.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Merit Network and The Univeristy of Michigan - Now Apple Computer
  • Modification Date: October 28, 1993
  • Requirements: MacPPP 2.0.1 requires MacTCP 1.1 or higher, Macintosh System 6.0.5 or higher

Download File Size: 95 Kb - version 2.5.3 - requires System 7.5 or higher

OpenDoc 1.2.1
Apple's component architecture.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: September 12, 1997
  • Requirements: 68030 or better - 1.2.1 Requires Mac OS 8

Download File Size: 1207 Kb - OpenDoc 1.2 - File 1 of 3 - Released March 26, 1997

Download File Size: 990 Kb - OpenDoc 1.2 - File 2 of 3 - Released March 26, 1997

Download File Size: 822 Kb - OpenDoc 1.2 - File 3 of 3 - Released March 26, 1997

Download File Size: 3324 Kb - OpenDoc 1.2.1 - This version requires Mac OS 8 - Released September 12, 1997

OpenGL 1.2.1
OpenGL for Macintosh enables your computer to display three-dimensional graphics using applications designed to take advantage of OpenGL.
  • License: Free Update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: January 9, 2001
  • Requirements: PPC, Mac OS 8.1 or higher, 32 mb of RAM

Download File Size: 4101 Kb - version 1.2.1 - released January 9, 2001

Open Transport 1.1.2
Open Transport is the modern networking architecture for Mac OS. Itincludes built-in high-performance AppleTalk and TCP/IP protocolsstacks, and support for third party protocol stacks.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: December 13, 1996
  • Requirements: 68030 or better, System 7.5.3, 7.5.5 or 7.1, 7.1.1 and 7.1.2 (not 7.5, 7.5.1 or 7.5.2)

Download File Size: 7344 Kb - version 1.1.2

Open Transport/PPP 1.0
The first Open Transport native PPP. Note: Mac OS 8 and higher come with OT/PPP 1.0.1 or better.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: November 11, 1996
  • Requirements: 68030 or better, System 7.5.3, 7.5.5 or 7.1, 7.1.1 and 7.1.2

Download File Size: 1512 Kb

PlainTalk 1.5.4
Text to speech and speech recognition.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: May 10, 1999
  • Requirements: Version 1.5.4 requires Mac OS 8.5 or 8.6

Download File Size: 1741 Kb - English Speech Recognition - Mac OS 8.5 or 8.6 only - Version 1.5.4

PowerBook Firmware Update 4.2.9
The PowerBook Firmware Update 4.2.9 will only run on 550MHz or 667MHzPowerBook G4 computers running Mac OS 9.1 or later from a local drive. If you are using Mac OS X you must boot from a local Mac OS 9.1writeable partition (not a CD, or network disk) prior to following theupdate instructions.
Firmware Update 4.2.9 includes improvements to Firewire target disk modewhen running Mac OS X, and improves starting up on systems with1gigabyte (GB) RAM and enables Netbooting over gigabit Ethernet.
  • License: Free update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: December 18, 2001
  • Requirements: 550MHz or 667MHz PowerBook G4 computers running Mac OS 9.1 or later

Download File Size: 1.2 MB

System 7.0.1
The following files are self-extracting archives of Dual Density disk images. To use, download, decompress, and use DiskCopy or ShrinkWrap to create 8 disks.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: 1991
  • Requirements: 68000 or better
System 7.5 Update 2.0
Update your system from 7.5, 7.5.1, or 7.5.2 to 7.5.3. You can also order System 7.5 Update 2.0 on a CD or a highdensity floppy disk set for $13 shipping/handling plus tax from the Apple Order Centerby calling 1-800-293-6617, extension 984.
  • License: Free Update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: March 11, 1996
  • Requirements: System 7.5, 7.5.1 or 7.5.2

Download File Size: 15,566 Kb

System 7.5.5 Update
In order to install the update, you must have System 7.5.3.System 7.5.5 Update cannot be installed on earlierversions of System 7.5.
  • License: Free Update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: September 18, 1996
  • Requirements: System 7.5.3 or 7.5.3 Revision 2 - System 7.5.5 works fine on all Macs, even those with 68000 processors 7.5.5 may be a little RAM hungry for a 68000 so you may want to try system 7.0.1

Download File Size: 3123 Kb

Direct DownloadFile Size: 26 Kb

PowerPC Interupt Extension - Apple recommends installing the PowerPC Interrupt Extension for all customers who have installed System 7.5.5 Update on a desktop Power Macintosh, PowerPC-based Performa, Mac OS-compatible, or on a desktop computer with a PowerPC upgrade card.Thread Manager 2.0.1
The Thread Manager is an operating system enhancement which allowsapplications, which have been written to take advantage of the ThreadManager, to perform multithreading. Multithreading allows anapplication process to be broken into simple subprocesses that proceedconcurrently in the same overall application context.

Mac Os 9 Classic Download

  • License: Free Update
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: June 1, 1994
  • Requirements: System 7.0 to 7.1.3 only

Download File Size: 3.7 MB

So, you’ve decided to download an older version of Mac OS X. There are many reasons that could point you to this radical decision. To begin with, some of your apps may not be working properly (or simply crash) on newer operating systems. Also, you may have noticed your Mac’s performance went down right after the last update. Finally, if you want to run a parallel copy of Mac OS X on a virtual machine, you too will need a working installation file of an older Mac OS X. Further down we’ll explain where to get one and what problems you may face down the road.

A list of all Mac OS X versions

We’ll be repeatedly referring to these Apple OS versions below, so it’s good to know the basic macOS timeline.

Cheetah 10.0Puma 10.1Jaguar 10.2
Panther 10.3Tiger 10.4Leopard 10.5
Snow Leopard 10.6Lion 10.7Mountain Lion 10.8
Mavericks 10.9Yosemite 10.10El Capitan 10.11
Sierra 10.12High Sierra 10.13Mojave 10.14
Catalina 10.15

STEP 1. Prepare your Mac for installation

Given your Mac isn’t new and is filled with data, you will probably need enough free space on your Mac. This includes not just space for the OS itself but also space for other applications and your user data. One more argument is that the free space on your disk translates into virtual memory so your apps have “fuel” to operate on. The chart below tells you how much free space is needed.

Note, that it is recommended that you install OS on a clean drive. Next, you will need enough disk space available, for example, to create Recovery Partition. Here are some ideas to free up space on your drive:

  • Uninstall large unused apps
  • Empty Trash Bin and Downloads
  • Locate the biggest files on your computer:

Go to Finder > All My Files > Arrange by size
Then you can move your space hoggers onto an external drive or a cloud storage.
If you aren’t comfortable with cleaning the Mac manually, there are some nice automatic “room cleaners”. Our favorite is CleanMyMac as it’s most simple to use of all. It deletes system junk, old broken apps, and the rest of hidden junk on your drive.

Download CleanMyMac for OS 10.4 - 10.8 (free version)

Download CleanMyMac for OS 10.9 (free version)

Classic Mac Os Download Catalina

Download CleanMyMac for OS 10.10 - 10.14 (free version)

STEP 2. Get a copy of Mac OS X download

Normally, it is assumed that updating OS is a one-way road. That’s why going back to a past Apple OS version is problematic. The main challenge is to download the OS installation file itself, because your Mac may already be running a newer version. If you succeed in downloading the OS installation, your next step is to create a bootable USB or DVD and then reinstall the OS on your computer.

How to download older Mac OS X versions via the App Store


If you once had purchased an old version of Mac OS X from the App Store, open it and go to the Purchased tab. There you’ll find all the installers you can download. However, it doesn’t always work that way. The purchased section lists only those operating systems that you had downloaded in the past. But here is the path to check it:

  1. Click the App Store icon.
  2. Click Purchases in the top menu.
  3. Scroll down to find the preferred OS X version.
  4. Click Download.

This method allows you to download Mavericks and Yosemite by logging with your Apple ID — only if you previously downloaded them from the Mac App Store.

Without App Store: Download Mac OS version as Apple Developer

If you are signed with an Apple Developer account, you can get access to products that are no longer listed on the App Store. If you desperately need a lower OS X version build, consider creating a new Developer account among other options. The membership cost is $99/year and provides a bunch of perks unavailable to ordinary users.

Nevertheless, keep in mind that if you visit developer.apple.com/downloads, you can only find 10.3-10.6 OS X operating systems there. Newer versions are not available because starting Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.7, the App Store has become the only source of updating Apple OS versions.

Purchase an older version of Mac operating system

You can purchase a boxed or email version of past Mac OS X directly from Apple. Both will cost you around $20. For the reason of being rather antiquated, Snow Leopard and earlier Apple versions can only be installed from DVD.

Buy a boxed edition of Snow Leopard 10.6
Get an email copy of Lion 10.7
Get an email copy of Mountain Lion 10.8

The email edition comes with a special download code you can use for the Mac App Store. Note, that to install the Lion or Mountain Lion, your Mac needs to be running Snow Leopard so you can install the newer OS on top of it.

How to get macOS El Capitan download

If you are wondering if you can run El Capitan on an older Mac, rejoice as it’s possible too. But before your Mac can run El Capitan it has to be updated to OS X 10.6.8. So, here are main steps you should take:

1. Install Snow Leopard from install DVD.
2. Update to 10.6.8 using Software Update.
3. Download El Capitan here.

“I can’t download an old version of Mac OS X”

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If you have a newer Mac, there is no physical option to install Mac OS versions older than your current Mac model. For instance, if your MacBook was released in 2014, don’t expect it to run any OS released prior of that time, because older Apple OS versions simply do not include hardware drivers for your Mac.

But as it often happens, workarounds are possible. There is still a chance to download the installation file if you have an access to a Mac (or virtual machine) running that operating system. For example, to get an installer for Lion, you may ask a friend who has Lion-operated Mac or, once again, set up a virtual machine running Lion. Then you will need to prepare an external drive to download the installation file using OS X Utilities.

After you’ve completed the download, the installer should launch automatically, but you can click Cancel and copy the file you need. Below is the detailed instruction how to do it.

STEP 3. Install older OS X onto an external drive

The following method allows you to download Mac OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks.

  1. Start your Mac holding down Command + R.
  2. Prepare a clean external drive (at least 10 GB of storage).
  3. Within OS X Utilities, choose Reinstall OS X.
  4. Select external drive as a source.
  5. Enter your Apple ID.

Now the OS should start downloading automatically onto the external drive. After the download is complete, your Mac will prompt you to do a restart, but at this point, you should completely shut it down. Now that the installation file is “captured” onto your external drive, you can reinstall the OS, this time running the file on your Mac.

  1. Boot your Mac from your standard drive.
  2. Connect the external drive.
  3. Go to external drive > OS X Install Data.

Locate InstallESD.dmg disk image file — this is the file you need to reinstall Lion OS X. The same steps are valid for Mountain Lion and Mavericks.

How to downgrade a Mac running later macOS versions

If your Mac runs macOS Sierra 10.12 or macOS High Sierra 10.13, it is possible to revert it to the previous system if you are not satisfied with the experience. You can do it either with Time Machine or by creating a bootable USB or external drive.
Instruction to downgrade from macOS Sierra

Instruction to downgrade from macOS High Sierra

Instruction to downgrade from macOS Mojave

Instruction to downgrade from macOS Catalina

Before you do it, the best advice is to back your Mac up so your most important files stay intact. In addition to that, it makes sense to clean up your Mac from old system junk files and application leftovers. The easiest way to do it is to run CleanMyMac X on your machine (download it for free here).

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Visit your local Apple Store to download older OS X version

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If none of the options to get older OS X worked, pay a visit to nearest local Apple Store. They should have image installations going back to OS Leopard and earlier. You can also ask their assistance to create a bootable USB drive with the installation file. So here you are. We hope this article has helped you to download an old version of Mac OS X. Below are a few more links you may find interesting.

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