5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2010 12:14 PM by Don Archibald
khealy Level 1 (15 points)
I need to use an old software program. It requires that I use the classic environment. Is there any way that I can run the classic environment on my new MacBook Pro running Snow Leapoard?

Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)
    Classic is not supported with OS Leopard or Snow Leopard. Furthermore, no Intel Mac can run classic.

    Solution - Buy a used Mac that runs OS 9.x.

     Cheers, Tom

  • khealy Level 1 (15 points)
    Bummer, thank you!
  • mohaas05 Level 1 (120 points)
    The closest thing to Classic is the third party emulators Basilisk II and SheepShaver.

    Basilisk II emulates 68k macs (up to Mac OS 8.1), and SheepShaver emulates PowerPC macs (up to Mac OS 9.04).

  • turtlepower Level 1 (0 points)
    Does this also apply to the new imac version 10.6.2. Is there anything out there that will work?
  • Don Archibald Level 10 (101,340 points)
    Hi, turtlepower -

    Does this also apply to the new imac version 10.6.2.


    Classic is not supported by OSX 10.5 (Leopard) and later versions; and is not supported on any Intel-processor Mac.

    Is there anything out there that will work?

    The only way to use OS 9 on Intel machines or machines running OSX 10.5 and later is to use an emulator such as mohaas05 has suggested.

    Whether running OS 9 in emulation will meet your needs is a different thing - some functions or programs will not work well, or at all. For example, programs that require direct access to the machine's hardware (such as many games do) will not do well in OS 9 in emulation.

    Given that used machines capable of booting to OS 9 are quite inexpensive these days, getting one of them is often the best solution.