Mac OS 7 7.6

Mac OS 7 was a major change from the earlier System Software, introducing integrated multitasking, a revamped desktop, networking, and transitioning the name from "Macintosh System Software" To "MacOS'. It was followed by MacOS 8.x.

Running Mac OS 7.x requires a Motorola 68000 based Macintosh, a supported model of Power PC based Macintosh (7.1 or later) or one of the following emulators:

Mini vMac - Runs MacOS 1.1-7.5.5, emulates a black and white Motorola 68K based Mac Plus

Basilisk II - Runs MacOS 7.x-8.1, emulates later color Motorola 68k based Macs.

SheepShaver - Runs MacOS 7.5.2-9.0.4, emulates a Power PC based Macintosh.


Release notes

Release 7.6 was the first version to officially use the name "Mac OS". 7.6 increases support for PPC based Macintosh computers and includes OpenDoc.

Applications that require 24-bit addressing will no longer run under this version.

Installation instructions

Requires at least a 68030 CPU with 32-bit clean ROM. Drops support for many older Mac models including Mac Plus, XL, Mac II, IIx, LC, IIcx, and SE/30. The 7.6.1 CD below seems to be not machine specific.

Product type
Release date
Minimum CPU
68030 or PPC
User interface
Download count
103 (14 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Apple Mac OS 7.6 (ISO) (bad?) 7.6 English 99.63MB 2
Apple Mac OS 7.6 [German] (ISO) 7.6 German 85.71MB 0
Apple Mac OS 7.6 [Japanese] (HD Image) 7.6 Japanese 37.04MB 3
Apple Mac OS 7.6 [Spanish] (3.5-1.44mb) 7.6 Spanish 19.87MB 0
Apple Mac OS 7.6.1 (ISO) 7.6.1 English 130.22MB 9
Apple Mac OS 7.6.1 [6500 Series] (HD Image) 7.6.1 [6500 Series] English 183.33MB 0


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