SheepShaver
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SheepShaver is an Open Source PowerPC Mac OS run-time environment. That is, it enables you to run PowerPC Classic Mac OS software on your computer, even if you are using a different operating system. However, you still need a copy of Mac OS and a PowerMac ROM image to use this program. SheepShaver is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Features:
  • SheepShaver runs Mac OS 7.5.2 through Mac OS 9.0.4
  • PowerPC G4 emulation on non-PowerPC platforms, direct execution otherwise
  • Basic but portable JIT engine (x86, x86_64,
What's New
Version 2.4:
  • Gamma fix that allows running Ferazel's Wand and some other games.
  • When SheepShaver is not using CD-ROMs (CD-ROM driver disabled in preferences), SheepShaver will no longer prevent ejecting CD-ROMs in the OS X host.
  • More reliable mounting and unmounting CD-ROMs while SheepShaver is running. (Not in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, see known issue below.)
  • Accidental mounting of disk images at the same time in SheepShaver and OS X is prevented.
  • Copy and paste formatted text both ways between guest Mac OS and host OS X in 64-bit mode. (Tested with SimpleText and Tex-Edit Plus in Mac OS and with TextEdit in OS X. It may work with more applications.)
  • Copy and paste images now also in 64-bit mode, both ways between guest Mac OS and host OS X.
Known issues:
  • On PPC machines: Like previous builds, very CPU hungry. Do not set refresh rate in SheepShaver preferences higher than 30Hz.
  • On Intel machines: After minimizing or hiding the SheepShaver window and again bringing it back in view, colors in the window will not be displayed correctly. It can be resolved by forcing the emulator to redraw its screen by changing (and changing back) the color depth setting in Monitors control panel or from the color depth control strip tile.
  • In full-screen mode in 64-bit mode in OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Serious cursor problems with clicking in the menu bar in full-screen mode. Use SheepShaver in 32-bit mode if you want to use it full-screen.
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: Mountain Lion prevents mounting of physical CD-ROMs in SheepShaver. CD disk image still work fine, though. See setup manual for more information.
Version 2.4:
  • Gamma fix that allows running Ferazel's Wand and some other games.
  • When SheepShaver is not using CD-ROMs (CD-ROM driver disabled in preferences), SheepShaver will no longer prevent ejecting CD-ROMs in the OS X host.
  • More reliable mounting and unmounting CD-ROMs while SheepShaver is running. (Not in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, see known issue below.)
  • Accidental more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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SheepShaver User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Iliketrash reviewed on 20 Jan 2014
This is an amazing piece of software. Works wonderfully on OS X 10.8.5. Kudos to the developers!
[Version 2.4]


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krikra reviewed on 07 Nov 2012
Great software: Classic (9.0.4) on Mountain Lion works like a charm. I'm running it occasionally for using Tailor (a postscript editor).
The only downside for me is the relatively high CPU load.
[Version 2.4]


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xdunlapx reviewed on 08 Sep 2012
This won't open on 10.8.1.
[Version 2.4]

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Jowie replied on 23 Feb 2013
Same with 10.8.2 :(
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Anotheruser commented on 25 Aug 2012
Confusingly, version 2.3 of Sheepshaver keeps appearing here on MacUpdate. The current version (as of 8/25/2012) is 2.4, and can be found here: http://www.emaculation.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=7360
[Version 2.3]

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Anotheruser replied on 25 Aug 2012
Oops. I see that the link on MacUpdate is correct; it's the version number up there that is wrong.
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Anotheruser replied on 26 Aug 2012
The version issue on MacUpdate has now been corrected. Thanks!
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Jrethorst reviewed on 28 May 2012
Most of the concerns in these posts have been fixed. The build of 25 October 2009, available at emaculation.com/forum, is stable and has no cursor issues. There are two complete packages of Sheepshaver, with very easy setup, at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/wordperfectmac/. Nothing else needed; works with any OS from 10.4.
[Version 2.3]

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Mikebenda replied on 25 Jun 2012
The link you posted takes me to a private group that seems to be concerned with Wordperfect.
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Dylan-Mc reviewed on 21 Mar 2012
Working great on my Lion Macbook Pro. Very, very fast.
[Version 2.3]


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+17
Sjd commented on 29 Jul 2011
Working under Lion with a New World ROM and an install of OS 9.0.
[Version 2.3]


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+12
Paolo Tramannoni tipped on 28 Aug 2010
The latest beta can always be found here:

http://www.emaculation.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5911

The latest one seems to work great on my MacBook Pro (Early 2008).
[Version 2.3]


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Tanares commented on 09 May 2010
i cannot download the program... can you find a site that i can i download the program please
[Version 2.3]

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Bolshoyblue replied on 17 Jul 2010
There is a working download here:

http://www.emaculation.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5911
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+75
Jeff-H. commented on 30 Nov 2009
It seems that I may have had a few too many expectations...

I wanted this in order to run an old OS9 game, Driver, but if QT will make SS crash Driver most certainly will.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get this great older game to run on my new Mac Mini, or am I SOL?

(been holding onto the disc for years now in hope! lol.)

Thank you in advance.
[Version 2.3]


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Etienneg had trouble on 25 Aug 2012
I have been successful in installing Basilisk II (mac 7.5.3) on my mac (mountain lion) but I cannot install SheepShaver.
I have copied the same ROM in the same folder and renamed it to "Mac OS ROM" and have a virtual disk (dmg locked) in my top folder.
SheepShaver does not start and I cannot access the preference.

Help!!!
[Version 2.3]



+5

Mistertoad17 rated on 13 Feb 2014

[Version 2.4]



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Bolshoyblue rated on 05 Sep 2012

[Version 2.4]



+191

Mikebenda rated on 17 Jun 2012

[Version 2.3]



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Michael_Sebrecht rated on 21 Mar 2012

[Version 2.3]



Imac Gc rated on 12 Feb 2012

[Version 2.3]



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Bolshoyblue rated on 03 Sep 2011

[Version 2.3]


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Version Downloads:85,039
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:26 Aug 2012
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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SheepShaver is an Open Source PowerPC Mac OS run-time environment. That is, it enables you to run PowerPC Classic Mac OS software on your computer, even if you are using a different operating system. However, you still need a copy of Mac OS and a PowerMac ROM image to use this program. SheepShaver is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Features:
  • SheepShaver runs Mac OS 7.5.2 through Mac OS 9.0.4
  • PowerPC G4 emulation on non-PowerPC platforms, direct execution otherwise
  • Basic but portable JIT engine (x86, x86_64, mips)
  • Copy and paste of text between Mac OS and the host OS
  • File exchange with the host OS via a Unix icon on the Mac desktop
  • Color video display with support for run-time resolution switching
  • Run-time depth switching from 1 bpp to current host depth settings
  • Native QuickDraw 2D acceleration for BitBlt and FillRect operations
  • CD-quality stereo sound output
  • Networking: SheepShaver supports Internet and LAN networking via Ethernet and PPP with all Open Transport compatible MacOS applications


If you are using a PowerPC-based system, applications will run at native speeds (i.e., without any emulation involved). On other systems, SheepShaver provides the first PowerPC G4 emulator, though without MMU, to enable the execution of Mac OS Classic. Performance with the current CPU emulator using basic just-in-time (JIT) translation techniques is roughly 1/8-th of native speeds.

The following platforms are currently supported: Linux (i386, ppc, x86_64), MacOS X (i386, ppc), Darwin, NetBSD 2.0, FreeBSD 5.3 and Windows for x86. Please note that I am pretty careless of the Windows version since I am not a Windows developer. You are heartily invited to join the effort!



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