How to find Mac OS 9 downloads?

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Last Modified: Nov 22, 2011 11:29 AM

As of the posting of this tip, the Mac OS 9 downloads on Apple's support site are not fully available. 

This tip of a method of obtaining the downloads was suggested by sdfox7.   Special thanks to them for decoding

how to discover old downloads.


Locate the website for the download.   In the case of most of the system downloads for Mac OS 9, there is this link:


In event the link doesn't work, go to to find it.   For this link, the example site is:


If you are looking for the 9.2.2 download, the direct link from that page is l?artnum=75186


Clicking through l?artnum=75186


First on the page you will find North American English, 9.2.2, 21.3MB.


When you right click, or control-mouse button the download link and select copy link, you obtain: upport_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/System/Mac_O S_9.2.2_Update/Single-File/Mac_OS_9.2.2_Update.smi.bin


Edit this link to reveal just the file name and not the path going to it and paste it in your favorite search engine.  In this case, the file name is:




Searching you'll find that this link has that download.


As it happens, the website:


has the download links for all the Mac OS 9 updates.  You can use a similar method for many other downloads of older software.


The thread I learned about this method isLinks for Mac OS 9 Downloads are faulty!