Listed on this page are Macintosh emulators: some of them emulate a 68k Macintosh (such as what you get inthe Macintosh Quadra, Performa, Classic, etc), others emulate a PowerPC Macintosh. Note that if you are usinga 68k Mac emulator and wish to run Mac OS (such as System 7.5.5, etc), you will need to havea real Mac around somewhere since such systems require you to have a Mac ROM. (the various emulators usually provide you with instructionson how you can make a copy of the ROM from your real Mac).
At present, I know of no software emulator that can emulate an Intel x86 Macintosh or to run OS X in a virtual machine on a PC.
OpenEmu is steadily taking over the emulator market for Mac OS as it is compatible with Mac OS 10.7 and higher. The emulator is user-friendly with the iTunes menu type. It also detects game roms and runs them according to their requirements. The emulator environment is based on the open source PCE emulator.The published hard drives contain the entirety of a MacOS 7.0.1 system with HyperCard, BBEdit Lite, Mac Draw, and Mac Paint.
Note: if you are looking for an emulator or virtual machine that runs on a Mac and allows you to emulate a PC, running operating systems like Windows,you should try the Free x86 PC Emulators and Virtual Machines page instead.If you prefer the features, speed and completeness of support of a commercial software, take a look atParallels Desktop for Mac.
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Free PowerPC (PPC) Mac Emulators
QEMU supports the emulation of x86 processors, ARM, SPARC and PowerPC. Host CPUs (processors that can run the QEMUemulator) include x86, PowerPC, Alpha, Sparc32, ARM, S390, Sparc64, ia64, and m68k (some of these are still indevelopment). When emulating a PC (x86), supported guest operating systems include MSDOS, FreeDOS, Windows 3.11,Windows 98SE, Windows 2000, Linux, SkyOS, ReactOS, NetBSD, Minix, etc. When emulating a PowerPC, currently tested guest OSesinclude Debian Linux.
SoftPear is a compatibility layer that allows you to run macOS on PC (x86) hardware. It works by dynamicallyrecompiling Mac programs (including Mac OS X) into x86 binary code that runs on your PC, and adding a layer thattranslates things like endianness.
This is essential a virtual machine that allows you to run macOS on top of a Linux host system that runs on a PowerPC computer.Supported host CPUs include the PowerPC 603, 604, G3 and G4. It also allows the use of AltiVec in the Guest OS if the CPU supports it. At the timethis was written, only PCI devices (hard disks, USB drives, CDROM and DVD drives, etc) that do not use DMA are natively supported.
SheepShaver allows you to run classic MacOS applications on BeOS and Linux. It includes a PowerPC emulator which isused if you are using a non-PPC system. It supports MacOS 7.5.2 to 8.6 as the guest operating system, a colour display,internet and LAN networking via Ethernet, serial drivers, SCSI Manager emulation, file exchange with the host OS,access to floppy disks, CD-ROMs, HFS(+) partitions on hard disks, sound, etc.
PearPC emulates a PPC (PowerPC) Macintosh, allowing you to run Darwin PPC, macOS and Linux in the emulated machine.Supported hosts include Windows and Linux (and possibly other Unix-type systems).
Free 680x0 (68K) Macintosh Emulators
The Advanced Mac Substitute is able to run 68K Mac applications without an Apple ROM or MacOS. It does this byreimplementing the API (that is, the programming interface) of the classic MacOS. The emulator runs onmacOS and Linux. The program is released as source code, so you will actually compile it intobinary (ie, executable) form before you can run it.
PCE/macplus is an open source emulator for theMacintosh 128K, Macintosh 512k, Macintosh 512ke, Macintosh Plus, Macintosh SE and Macintosh Classic.It emulates the MC68000 microprocessor with RAM configurations from 128 KB to 4 MB. Precompiledversions of the emulator, including the ROM image and operating system software, that runs on Windows,are available. The C source code is released under the GNU General Public License. This is the Mac emulatorcurrently used by the Internet Archive for theirMacOS System 7.1 Compilation.
Mini vMac is an emulator for the Macintosh Plus and Macintosh SE. There are versions for Windows,Mac OS X, Mac OS 9 (PowerPC), Linux (x86), Pocket PC, and Macintosh 680x0. The source code is releasedunder the GNU GPL.
Basilisk II/JIT is an adaptation of the original Basilisk II Macintosh emulator (see elsewhere onthis page) to includea just-in-time (JIT) compiler (presumably speeding up the emulated machine). Host platforms include Linux/i386,FreeBSD/i386 and Windows. Guest OSes include the 68k Mac OS. Basilisk II/JIT is open source.
The Basilisk II Mac emulator allows you to emulate a 68k Macintosh on a variety of platforms, including BeOS (PowerPCand x86), Unix with X11 (including Linux, Solaris 2.5, FreeBSD and IRIX), AmigaOS 3.x, and Windows. The emulator isable to emulate a Mac Classic or Mac II depending on the Mac ROM you use (not included). Your emulated Mac has a colourdisplay, CD quality sound output, floppy disk drive, HFS partitions and files, CDROM drive, etc. You can easily movefiles between your host system and the emulated machine. Basilisk II is open source.
SoftMac is a 68k Macintosh emulator that runs under Windows. Fusion PC emulates a 68k Mac on MSDOS systems. Note thatin spite of what the website and software claims, I have never been able to get sound working on SoftMac (nor have,apparently, anyone else I know). You will need a Mac ROM for the emulator to work.
System 7 Emulator
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Mac Os 7 Emulator
Mini vMac (formerly vMac) is a 68K Mac emulator (Macintosh Plus and more recently Macintosh II) capable of booting and emulating the earliest versions of Mac OS from 1.0 to 7.5.5. It was ported to all major platforms including: Windows, DOS, Linux, OS/2, NeXT, Mac OS X and iOS. Cannot install the hp printer software on my mac.
Mini vMac lets you adjust the emulation speed in real time. It also lets you drag and drop DSK disk images onto it for instantaneously mounting them within the emulated environment.
Overall, Mini vMac is the best, most compatible, most stable and most ported 68K Mac emulator ever made.
MinivMacSystem608OSX.zip(14.69 MiB / 15.41 MB)
Mini vMac for Mac OS X + Mac OS 6.0.8 image /zipped / Zipped
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Mini_vMac_os_7.5.3_ready_to_go.zip(12.82 MiB / 13.44 MB)
Mini vMac for Mac OS X + Mac OS 7.5.3 image /zipped / Zipped
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MinivMacSystem608MacSEOSX.zip(13.44 MiB / 14.09 MB)
Mini vMac for Mac OS X + Mac OS 6.0.8 image + Mac SE ROM /zipped / Zipped
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MinivMacSystem753MacIIOSX.zip(9.05 MiB / 9.49 MB)
Mini vMac for Mac OS X + Mac OS 7.5.3 image + Mac II ROM /zipped / Zipped
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minivmac-2-4-1.sit(120.71 KiB / 123.6 KB)
Mini vMac v2.4.1 (PPC only) for Mac OS 8-9 (2004) + vMac.ROM / compressed w/ Stuffit
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vMac-MacOS-v0-1-9.sit(456.31 KiB / 467.26 KB)
vMac v0.1.9 (68K+PPC) for Mac OS 7-8-9 (1999) + vMac.ROM / compressed w/ Stuffit
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Mini_vMac_3.4.1.zip(238.74 KiB / 244.47 KB)
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MiniVMac_2.X_PPC.sit(7.1 MiB / 7.44 MB)
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Mini-vMac-341-various.sit(230.46 KiB / 235.99 KB)
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Look at the downloads list for various ports (68K + PPC)
Emulating this? It should run fine under: SheepShaver