This emulator lets you run classic Macintosh OS in your browser

“While you can always cop an old Macintosh off of Craiglist, there might be an even easier way to quench your nostalgia for 1980’s Apple antiques,” Mix writes for TNW.

“A designer by the name of James Friend has built this awesome Macintosh Plus emulator that lets you run the notorious Macintosh System 6 natively in your browser – and without the need of any additional plugins or extensions,” Mix writes. “Just like the real thing, the simulated demo comes with a number of classic applications including MacDraw, MacPaint and Kid Pix.”

“If you’re looking to test out more apps and games, you might wanna try this alternative version of the simulator instead,” Mix writes. “There, you can mess around with popular apps like Word and Excel as well as legendary games like Risk and Cannon Fodder.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Friend’s System 7 emulator is here.


      1. I haven’t seen a Terminal Command for El Capitan yet and I’m already on Sierra. So far the best solution I could find is to disable everything in Notification Center and put it on do not disturb. That wasn’t enough though. Notifications still kept popping up, so I had to go into App Store and disable automatically check for updates.

  1. Meanwhile, there’s still SheepSaver.

    SheepShaver is an open source PowerPC Apple Macintosh emulator. Using SheepShaver (along with the appropriate ROM image) it is possible to emulate a PowerPC Macintosh computer capable of running Mac OS 7.5.2 through 9.0.4. Builds of SheepShaver are available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

    SheepShaver is considered a good replacement for the Classic Environment which is not available in the most recent versions of Mac OS X….


    SheepShaver began life in 1998 as a MacOS emulator for BeOS. At that time, SheepShaver was a commercial product developed by Christian Bauer. In 2002, following the commercial decline of Be, SheepShaver was released as an open-source application. Development at that time was driven by Gwenole Beauchesne, who ported the emulator to Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

    Beauchesne suspended his work on SheepShaver in April of 2008, although volunteers have contributed bug fixes and features since that time. Builds based on those contributions are listed on this site and in the SheepShaver forum.

    The name of the emulator is a reference to ShapeShifter, a Mac II emulator for AmigaOS.

  2. The interface is like a step back in time. I still remember trying to work out how to eject the OS floppy after it got stuck in the drive on my Mac Plus. Oh yeah, I used a paperclip.

    Then there was the time when OS6x decided to delete half of my overheads for a class that I was teaching that evening. I phoned my head teacher and explained what happened (in a panic) and she immediately understood what was going on. Her response was to “wing it”. Ah the early days of “desktop” computing…minefields, problems and OS6.

    However it was far more stable than Microsoft’s 3.1 (which was better than 3.0). Now that was a dog of an OS…oblique and unstable.

    In 1992 I was the only person in the office who had any experience with computers and every Friday when our receptionist was doing a backup the system would spectacularly crash. I’d have to do a full system reboot to get everything working.

    I swear you could’ve hit the screen with a feather and the whole system would crash. Apple’s OS6 was like Fort Knox compared to that piece of “crapware”.

  3. Never had the pleasure of OS6. However, I still have my first Apple computer, Performa 6200CD with System 7.6

    Me and a friend were at our local CompUSA at midnight on August 24, 1995, and purchased our computers amidst the fanfare of Microsoftians fawning over the copy in hand of Windows 95, aka Mac 88, that was being released that night.

  4. I’m more interested in having a version of Rosetta ( PPC emulator ) that will run on current Macs. I keep two old Macs laptops ( one and a spare ) solely so that I can access Freehand files that I created anything up to twenty years ago. The files concern equipment that I designed and built. When I need to service or modify that equipment, I obviously need to refer to those design drawings and schematics. Each time I access old documents, I export those drawings as PDFs so that they can be easily referred to in future, but it would be so much better if those files remained editable.

    I also have some very old HyperCard stacks and files created using other long-gone applications that I used for my designs before Freehand, together with some extremely old Filemaker databases that can’t be opened with currently available versions of Filemaker.

    I upgrade my Macs periodically, but every time that I do an upgrade, some important files seem to end up orphaned and some hardware no longer works with the new Mac.

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