Mac OS 8 8.0

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.

Other Mac OS Versions:
| 1.x-6.x | 7.x | 8.x | 9.x | MacOS X | All |


Installation instructions

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.

Note: The foreign language versions that were here were corrupt and have been removed. If you have a foreign language version you would like to contribute, please see our contributions page.

Product type
Release date
Minimum CPU
68040 or PPC
Minimum RAM
Minimum free disk space
User interface
Download count
92 (36 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Apple Mac OS 8.0 (3.5 - 1.44mb) 8.0 English 24.09MB 11
Apple Mac OS 8.0 (ISO) 8.0 English 160.89MB 23
Apple Mac OS 8.0 [British English] (ISO) 8.0 British English 156.88MB 2
Apple Mac OS 8.0 [French] (ISO) 8.0 French 170.61MB 0
Apple Mac OS 8.0 [German] (ISO) 8.0 German 156.73MB 0
Apple Mac OS 8.0 [Japanese] (ISO) 8.0 Japanese 180.9MB 0


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