Mac OS 8 8.5

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.

Installation instructions

Mac OS 8.5 and later require a PowerPC based Macintosh. This version drops support for all m68k CPU based Macintosh computers.

Emulation notes: To run MacOS 8.5 on newer hardware, we recommend the SheepShaver emulator, which emulates a PowerPC Macintosh.

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
OS
Vendor
Apple
Release date
1998
Minimum CPU
PPC
Minimum RAM
16MB
Minimum free disk space
150MB
User interface
GUI
Platform
MacOS

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Apple Mac OS 8.5 (ISO) 8.5 English ppc CD 287.35MB
Apple Mac OS 8.5 [German] (alt) (ISO) 8.5 (alt) German ppc CD 321.18MB
Apple Mac OS 8.5 [Spanish] (ISO) 8.5 Spanish ppc CD 313.08MB
Apple Mac OS 8.5.1 [German] [PowerMac G3] (ISO) 8.5.1 [PowerMac G3] German ppc CD 364.38MB
Apple Mac OS 8.5.1 [PowerMac G3 (BW)] (ISO) 8.5.1 [PowerMac G3 (BW)] English ppc CD 54.54MB
Apple Mac OS 8.5.1 [Simpl. Chinese] [PowerMac G3] (ISO) 8.5.1 [PowerMac G3] Simpl. Chinese ppc CD 398.78MB

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