Mac OS (called simply "System" until 1996) is an operating system by Apple that powered the Macintosh line of computers from 1984 to 2000. It was superseded by OS X from 2001 onward.
|Name||Operating System(s)||Latest Version||Active||Recommended|
|Basilisk II||Windows, OS X, Linux||20-02-2015||✓||✓|
|Executor||Windows, Linux||2.1pr16 (2002)||✗||✗|
|Mini vMac||Windows, OS X, Linux, others||3.4.0||✓||✓|
|SheepShaver||Windows, Linux, OS X||01-03-2015||✓||✓|
- The "Classic mode" was a function of early versions of OS X that allowed one to run pre-OS X applications. This function was removed with Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" in 2007.
- PCE.js puts a Macintosh Plus running System 7 in your web browser.
- Mini vMac is a multiplatform virtual Macintosh Plus, and can run System from 1.1 to 7.5.5. It's great for games with black-and-white graphics.
- SheepShaver is a Windows/Linux/OSX emulator that works as a virtual PowerPC, and it runs Mac OS from 7.5.2 to 9.0.4. This is probably the best replacement for Classic mode. (If you do own a modern Mac, look for "Chubby Bunny", a pirate release of the OS X version that comes preconfigured with Mac OS 9. Very handy.)
- Basilisk II is a Windows/Linux/OSX emulator that works as a virtual 68k Mac, and it runs runs Mac OS from 7.x to 8.1. Good for earlier Mac games that were in color.
- SoftMac is a windows-only emulator of 68xxx based Macintoshes. It used to be a commercial product, but it is now a free download. It is no longer actively developed.
- Executor is a Windows/Linux emulator for 68xxx Macintoshes. It used to be a commercial product, but was later made a free download, then open-source. Regardless, it's no longer actively developed.
- Most of these emulators require a ROM image and a copy of Mac OS. Only Executor does not require a ROM image.
- Emaculation - a wiki all about Macintosh emulation
- WinWorld's Library - obsolete Mac & other operating systems for download
- Redundant Robot's tutorial - how to set up SheepShaver & Basilisk, ROM images for download