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 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 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 Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Apple Mac OS 7.6 (ISO) (bad?) 7.6 English m68k,ppc CD 99.63MB
Apple Mac OS 7.6 [German] (ISO) 7.6 German m68k,ppc CD 85.71MB
Apple Mac OS 7.6 [Japanese] (HD Image) 7.6 Japanese m68k,ppc Archive 37.04MB
Apple Mac OS 7.6 [Spanish] (3.5-1.44mb) 7.6 Spanish m68k,ppc 3½ Floppy 19.87MB
Apple Mac OS 7.6.1 (ISO) 7.6.1 English m68k,ppc CD 130.22MB
Apple Mac OS 7.6.1 [6500 Series] (HD Image) 7.6.1 [6500 Series] English m68k,ppc Archive 183.33MB


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