Apple Mac OS 8 was another major overhaul of the OS from the earlier Mac OS 7. It added a new Platinum visual theme, a multi threaded Finder, better virtual memory, and many customization options. 8.5 and later require a PPC CPU. It was followed up by Mac OS 9.

Running MacOS 8 requires a supported Motorola 68K or Power PC based Macintosh (see the compatibility matrix), or one of the following emulators:

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.

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Officially MacOS 8.0 and 8.1 required a minimum of a 68040 CPU. However it could be made to run on some 68030 based Macs.

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Category: Operating System
Platform: MacOS
Release: 1997
End of Life: Unknown
RAM: 12 MB
Disk Space: 44 MB
Required CPU: 68040 or PPC
Type: Graphical


Name Version Size Language Architecture Contents
Apple Mac OS 8.0 (3.5 - 1.44mb)  8.0 24.09 MB English m68k,ppc 3.5" Floppy
Apple Mac OS 8.0 (ISO)  8.0 160.89 MB English m68k,ppc CD-ROM ISO
Apple Mac OS 8.0 [British English] (ISO)  8.0 156.88 MB British English m68k,ppc CD-ROM ISO
Apple Mac OS 8.0 [French] (ISO)  8.0 170.61 MB French m68k,ppc CD-ROM ISO
Apple Mac OS 8.0 [German] (ISO)  8.0 156.73 MB German m68k,ppc CD-ROM ISO
Apple Mac OS 8.0 [Japanese] (ISO)  8.0 180.9 MB Japanese m68k,ppc CD-ROM ISO