Are you the owner of a truly old Mac (for example, a PowerBook running Snow Leopard, the very first iMac with Tiger, LC 475 with System 7.0.1, Quadra 800 with Mac OS 9 or Macintosh SE on System 6)? Then sooner or later you will need to download the operating system for your “old man”. But where to find it?

Older Versions of OS X and macOS

The first instance in such cases is the corresponding page on the official Apple support site. Of course, you can find only proprietary, apple software on it – iMovie, Pages, Keynote, iLife, old system updates for OS X, firmware updates and security updates, previous versions of iTunes and QuickTime, etc. Try to find the necessary software on this page – and you will almost certainly be lucky.

Older Software – for Classic Mac OS, PowerPC, 040, etc

Well, with Apple “AD” software, as we showed above, things are pretty simple. But what to do if you have a really old device? For example, on Mac OS 8 or 9, or running System 7.5.2 and System 7.6.1? What about applications for PowerPC processors, 68040 and 68030? You can be helped by our collection of links – just please do not forget that, at present, all these applications are not supported by anyone (including Apple), and therefore no one releases updates for them.

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On the other hand, they should (in theory) work fine on the good old Macs – Bondi Blue iMac, G4 Cube, Macintosh SE/30, Performa 6220, iBook, PowerBook 2400 and other “pre-Intel” Macs.

This collection is also useful for fans of retro-emulators, as well as for those who, for whatever reason, needed to run very “old” software – for example, you can use Mini vMac, Basilisk or SheepShaver to emulate on your modern “poppy” System 7. And if you don’t want to “bother” too much with emulation, but still you would not mind looking at “how it was before,” there are old systems emulators in the browser — Hypercard and Mac Plus.

The old software for the old Mac “weighs” very little (for example, Photoshop – less than 1 MB). But transferring them to “ancient” computers may not be an easy task! Often, users simply make an FTP server on a modern Mac and install an FTP client like Fetch or Archie on an old Mac, and with their help transfer the archive with the file to the old computer. Of course, if the “old man” has the ability to connect to the Internet or read physical media (SD memory card, CD/DVD-ROM or external hard disk) even with the help of an adapter, this problem is eliminated.


I hope this article will help you to revive old equipment from Apple. Despite the years I’m sure these “old men” can still perform basic tasks and in the end they are very archaic and cool!

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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