Emulations of most every Mac OS, from System 2 through Rhapsody to Yosemite

An amazing graphic from Steve Troughton-Smith. Steve used a variety of emulators to emulate a huge representative range of Mac OSes, from System 2 through System 7.6.1, then Mac OS 8.6, then on to Rhapsody developer release 1 and so forth, ending with Yosemite.

Steve then captured screen shots of each emulation and built the graphic below. Click on the thumbnail to embiggen. And on the Mac, once you have the bigger version, click the magnifying glass to make it even larger.

Interested in the details? In Steve’s words:

I’m using a variety of emulators; Mini vMac for systems 1–7, SheepShaver for 7.6.1–8.6, qemu for 9.2.2 to 10.3, and VMWare Fusion for anything newer. I’ve been working for the past week in making some of the older ones (as in older OS X) boot in QEMU—they didn’t, before now.

And Steve gives a shoutout to:

…the amazing work in the past year done over at emaculation.com to get QEMU (the emulator) capable of emulating old G3 & G4 Macs.

Steve’s original was more than 800MB. Obviously, we had to reduce size and clarity to get it shoehorned down to a size that was acceptable to our Loop posting plugins. Remember, click it, then click it again to see the detail.

Great job, Steve.

MacEmulation(small)



  • Rageous

    I’m always mildly triggered by people who let icons in the dock pile up to the right of System Preferences’ default location. In the 15 years I’ve been using OS X, I’ve ALWAYS kept Terminal and then System Preferences at the far right of the dock.

    • James Hughes

      Terminal, yes. System Preferences I always remove. I got used to accessing it from the Apple menu in all prior System versions i,e. 9 and before. P{us I can get there so many other ways, right click on desktop to change the desktop background etc…

  • istumbler
  • Mo

    Dang, that’s a lot of history.

  • John

    This is very cool. It’s a pity that NeXTSTEP isn’t in there.

  • David Schwartz

    Is it possible to get the whole 800MB file somewhere? I’m doing a presentation and would love to have full resolution with fewer artifacts…