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Darwin is the core kernel of Mac OS X. The Darwin kernel is based on FreeBSD and Mach 3.0 technologies and provides protected memory and pre-emptive multitasking. Darwin runs on both PowerPC- and Intel-based computers.

Note: Darwin should not be installed onto a Mac OS X partition. It is a goal for a future release of Darwin to be easily interchanged into a Mac OS X system.

What's New

Version 8.0.1:
  • PowerPC 64-bit support.
  • Darwin/x86 installs onto and boots from an HFS+ (journaled) partition.
  • GCC-4.0
  • Enhanced dlopen(3) API support.
  • Korn shell (ksh) included.
  • launchd, a dynamic system management daemon, replaces SystemStarter and init
  • And much more...


  • PowerPC G3+ or Intel CPU
  • OS X 10.3 or later

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Current Version (8.x)


Downloads 8,764
Version Downloads 2,083
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 12 Jul 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price Free
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