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macOS (previously known as OS X or Mac OS X) is Apple's operating system for the Mac line of computers. It's a UNIX platform, based on the Darwin kernel, and behaves largely similar to other UNIX-like platforms. The main difference is that X11 is not used as the windowing system. Instead, macOS uses its own native windowing system that is accessible through the Cocoa API.

To download and install Qt for macOS, follow the instructions on the Getting Started with Qt page.

To ease the transition, versions through 10.4 were able to run Mac OS 9 and its applications in a compatibility layer. It was first released in 1999 as Mac OS X Server 1.0, with a widely released desktop version—Mac OS X 10.0—following in March 2001. Since then, several more distinct desktop and server editions of macOS have been released. Beware installing macOS Mojave! Apple appears to have completely removed the ability to download the installers of older versions of macOS and Mac OS X from the new version of the Mac operating.

Supported Versions

  1. It was originally named 'System Software', or simply 'System'; Apple rebranded it as 'Mac OS' in 1996 due in part to its Macintosh clone program that ended a year later. Classic Mac OS is characterized by its monolithic design. Initial versions of the System Software run one application at a time. System 5 introduced cooperative multitasking.
  2. The first release of the new OS — Mac OS X Server 1.0 — used a modified version of the Mac OS GUI, but all client versions starting with Mac OS X Developer Preview 3 used a new theme known as Aqua. Aqua was a substantial departure from the Mac OS 9 interface, which had evolved with little change from that of the original Macintosh operating.

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When talking about version support on macOS, it's important to distinguish between the build environment; the platform you're building on or with, and the target platforms; the platforms you are building for. The following macOS versions are supported.

Target PlatformArchitectureBuild Environment
macOS 10.13, 10.14, 10.15x86_64 and x86_64hXcode 11 or 12 (10.15 SDK)

Build Environment

The build environment on macOS is defined entirely by the Xcode version used to build your application. Xcode contains both a toolchain (compiler, linker, and other tools), and a macOS platform-SDK (headers and libraries). Together these define how your application is built.

Note: The version of macOS that you are running Xcode on does not matter. As long as Apple ships a given Xcode version that runs on your operating system, the build environment will be defined by that Xcode version.

Xcode can be downloaded from Apple's developer website (including older versions of Xcode). Once installed, choosing an Xcode installation is done using the xcode-select tool.

You can inspect the globally selected Xcode installation using the same tool.

The xcrun command can then be used to find a particular tool in the toolchain.

or show the platform SDK path used when building.

Target Platforms

Building for macOS utilizes a technique called weak linking that allows you to build your application against the headers and libraries of the latest platform SDK, while still allowing your application to be deployed to macOS versions lower than the SDK version. When the binary is run on a macOS version lower than the SDK it was built with, Qt will check at runtime whether or not a platform feature is available before utilizing it.

In theory this would allow running your application on every single macOS version released, but for practical (and technical) reasons there is a lower limit to this range, known as the deployment target of your application. If the binary is launched on a macOS version below the deployment target macOS or Qt will give an error message and the application will not run.

Qt expresses the deployment target via the QMAKE_MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET qmake variable, which has a default value set via the makespec for macOS. You should not need to change this default, but if needed you can increase it in your project file:

Note: You should not lower the deployment target beyond the default value set by Qt. Doing so will likely lead to crashes at runtime if the binary is then deployed to a macOS version lower than what Qt expected to run on.

By always building against the latest available platform SDK, you ensure that Qt can take advantage of new features introduced in recent versions of macOS.

For more information about SDK-based development on macOS, see Apple's developer documentation.

Opting out of macOS behavior changes

One caveat to using the latest Xcode version and SDK to build your application is that macOS's system frameworks will sometimes decide whether or not to enable behavior changes based on the SDK you built your application with.

For example, when dark-mode was introduced in macOS 10.14 Mojave, macOS would only treat applications built against the 10.14 SDK as supporting dark-mode, and would leave applications built against earlier SDKs with the default light mode look. This technique allows Apple to ensure that binaries built long before the new SDK and operating system was released will still continue to run without regressions on new macOS releases.

A consequence of this is that if Qt has problems dealing with some of these macOS features (dark-mode, layer-backed views), the only way to opt out of them is building with an earlier SDK (the 10.13 SDK, available through Xcode 9). This is a last-resort solution, and should only be applied if your application has no other ways of working around the problem.

Architectures

By default, Qt is built for x86_64. To build for x86_64h (Haswell). use the QMAKE_APPLE_DEVICE_ARCHSqmake variable. This is selectable at configure time:

QMAKE_APPLE_DEVICE_ARCHS can also be specified as a space-delimited list in order to build for multiple architectures simultaneously:

Additional Command-Line Options

On the command-line, applications can be built using qmake and make. Optionally, qmake can generate project files for Xcode with -spec macx-xcode. If you are using the binary package, qmake generates Xcode projects by default; use -spec macx-gcc to generate makefiles. For example:

Configuring with -spec macx-xcode generates an Xcode project file from project.pro. With qmake you do not have to worry about rules for Qt's preprocessors (moc and uic) since qmake automatically handles them and ensures that everything necessary is linked into your application.

Qt does not entirely interact with the development environment (for example plugins to set a file to 'mocable' from within the Xcode user interface).

The result of the build process is an application bundle, which is a directory structure that contains the actual application executable. The application can be launched by double-clicking it in Finder, or by referring directly to its executable from the command line, for example, myApp.app/Contents/MacOS/myApp.

If you wish to have a command-line tool that does not use the GUI for example, moc, uic or ls, you can tell qmake to disable bundle creation from the CONFIG variable in the project file:

Deploying Applications on macOS

macOS applications are typically deployed as self-contained application bundles. The application bundle contains the application executable as well as dependencies such as the Qt libraries, plugins, translations and other resources you may need. Third party libraries like Qt are normally not installed system-wide; each application provides its own copy.

A common way to distribute applications is to provide a compressed disk image (.dmg file) that the user can mount in Finder. The deployment tool, macdeployqt (available from the macOS installers), can be used to create the self-contained bundles, and optionally also create a .dmg archive. Applications can also be distributed through the Mac App Store. Qt 5 aims to stay within the app store sandbox rules. macdeployqt (bin/macdeployqt) can be used as a starting point for app store deployment.

Note: For selling applications in the macOS App Store, special rules apply. In order to pass validation, the application must verify the existence of a valid receipt before executing any code. Since this is a copy protection mechanism, steps should be taken to avoid common patterns and obfuscate the code that validates the receipt as much as possible. Thus, this cannot be automated by Qt, but requires some platform-specific code written specifically for the application itself. More information can be found in Apple's documentation.

macOS Issues

The page below covers specific issues and recommendations for creating macOS applications.

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    Privacy feature availability is now properly reported for older macOS versions.
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    Error which prevented some customers from accessing Address Book is fixed. Error which prevented some customers from accessing Address Book is fixed.
  • Version 6.1.0

    12 Nov 2020

    • Support for new macOS:
      Added support for new macOS 11 Big Sur.
    • Support for new hardware:
      Added support for new Apple Silicon hardware.
    • File manager layout bug:
      Fixed issue with File Manager UI layut under certain situations.
    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    Version 6.0.3Versions

    7 Oct 2020

    • Session recording:
      Separated settings for incoming and outgoing automatic session recording.
    • Security improvement:
      Security improved for configurations with AnyDesk service installed.
    • Remote mouse cursor shape:
      Fixed bug when remote mouse cursor has a wrong shape when using specific applications.
    Version 6.0.2

    22 Sep 2020

    • Important - end of support for macOS 10.10 (Yosemite):
      Version 6.0.2 is the last to support macOS 10.10 (Yosemite). We strongly recommend upgrading to newer macOS version in order to receive further AnyDesk updates.
    • Settings improvement:
      Improved Settings for Interactive access.
    • User interface fixes:
      Fixed menu actions for File Transfer and VPN sessions. Main window startup position issue fixed. Main window startup position issue fixed.
    • Screen recording permissions:
      Fixed Screen Recording permission detection for Chinese users.
    Version 6.0.1

    26 Aug 2020

    • Improved iOS support:
      Support for improved connections to iOS devices.
    • Speed dial bugfix:
      Fixed disabled context menu on Speed Dial items.
    Version 6.0.0

    6 Aug 2020

    • Two-Factor Authentication:
      When enabled, an additional dialog will be shown after authentication by password or token, requesting a time-based one-time password provided by a third device. This feature requires an app supporting TOTP..
    • Wake-on-Lan:
      When enabled, devices running AnyDesk that are currently in sleep mode can be woken up by other AnyDesk devices in the same local network.
    • Speed dial improvement:
      Hide individual item groups in Speed Dial.
    • Keyboard layout:
      Fixed bug when keyboard layout does not match to input into Unattended Access password dialog.
    • Speed dial bugfix:
      Fixed issue which prevented renaming of Speed Dial items.
    • Incorrect online state:
      Fixed issue when sleeping mac reported incorrect online state.
    • Important - support for macOS 10.10 (Yosemite):
      We plan to discontinue macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) support soon. We strongly recommend upgrading to newer macOS version.
    Version 5.6.0

    17 Jul 2020

    • VPN connection:
      With this mode two PCs can be put into a private network over a secured connection.
    • Support for 2FA:
      Added support for connecting to Two-factor authentication enabled hosts.
    • TCP tunnel automated action:
      Run user script when TCP tunnel is connected.
    • Installation procedure:
      Drag'n'drop to Applications folder installation method is offered by default now (legacy install method is still supported).
    • New menu option:
      Install Anydesk Service menu option added.
    • Support for macOS Big Sur beta:
      Fixed application crash on macOS Big Sur beta.
    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    Apple Imac Software VersionsVersion 5.5.4

    15 Jun 2020

    • Bugfix:
      Fixed software update notification.
    Version 5.5.3

    10 Jun 2020

    • Address Book view mode:
      Thumbnail view mode has been added to Address Book.
    • Split Full Screen experience:
      Split Full Screen experience enabled for Connection Window and Address Book.
    • Automatic startup:
      Option to disable automatic startup of AnyDesk has been added.
    • Compatibility with mobile devices:
      Keyboard input from mobile devices improved.
    • Connection type icon:
      Connection type icon is now displayed correctly.
    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    Version 5.5.2

    7 May 2020

    • Access Control List:
      New feature Access Control List (or white list for incoming connections) is now available.
    • Multiple sessions:
      Added support for multiple session windows.
    • Address Book:
      Address Book improved for better usability.
    • Privacy permissions:
      Improved macOS privacy permissions handling.
    • Compatibility:
      Improved compatibility with 3rd party software.
    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    Version 5.5.1

    21 Apr 2020

    • Crash bugfix:
      Fixed a crash when user account picture is not set.
    Version 5.5.0

    17 Apr 2020

    • TCP Tunnels:
      New TCP Tunneling (or Port-Forwrding) feature added.
    • Address Book new design:
      Address Book has been completely redesigned for easier usage.
    • Start/Stop of session recording:
      It is now possible to start/stop recording during the active session.
    • New information windows:
      Added new System Information window and redesigned the About window.
    • Discovery feature security:
      Significantly improved security of Discovery feature.
    • Accept window security:
      Significantly improved security of Accept window.
    • Power usage improvement:
      Optimised power usage for mac laptops.
    • Improved mouse scrolling:
      Mouse scroll sensitivity adjusted.
    • Remote restart:
      Fixed remote restart issue on some configurations.
    • UI bug fixes:
      Fixed Password change UI for unattended access. Fixed Proxy configuration settings UI.
    Version 5.4.6

    2 Apr 2020

    • Error handling:
      Improved error handling.
    • Privacy permissions:
      Better macOS privacy permissions handling.
    Version 5.4.5

    7 Feb 2020

    • Enhanced usability:
      Host key option allows users to use Right Command key to control the local macOS while connected to remote device.
    • Improved compatibility with Android devices:
      Added support for Home and Back buttons when connected to Android device.
    • Installer improvement:
      Reduced number of user password requests in AnyDesk installer.
    • AnyDesk remote update:
      Fixed issue when user is not able to reconnect after updating AnyDesk remotely.
    • Custom Client on Yosemite:
      Fixed crash on macOS 10.10 Yosemite related to custom AnyDesk configurations.
    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    Version 5.4.2

    14 Jan 2020

    • File manager:
      File Manager upload function fixed.
    • Reconnect after AnyDesk update:
      Fixed issue when user unable to reconnect after installing AnyDesk update.
    • Connection retry attempt:
      Fixed crash on multiple connection retry attempt.
    • Keyboard input:
      Improved keyboard input handling.
    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    Version 5.4.1

    11 Dec 2019

    • Accept window minimize:
      It is now possible to minimize the Accept window into the Dock.
    • Installation process:
      Installation process has been improved.
    • Recent sessions list:
      Fixed display of client name in recent sessions list.
    • Remove displays:
      Fixed indicator of remote displays.
    • Chat:
      Fixed crash on incoming chat message.
    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    AppleVersion 5.4.0

    4 Dec 2019

    • New Privacy feature:
      Enabling privacy mode during a session will turn off the monitor on the remote side so the screen content is hidden.
    • Blocking user input:
      Mouse and keyboard input can now blocked for the computer being controlled.
    • Automatic screen lock:
      New option to automatically lock remote screen when session ended.
    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    Version 5.1.5

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    18 Nov 2019

    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    Version 5.1.4

    5 Nov 2019

    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    Version 5.1.3

    21 Oct 2019

    • New features:
      Incoming connections are now displayed in the AnyDesk Dock icon
    • Bugfix:
      Fixed issue when user is unable to reconnect to macOS Catalina and Mojave after remote restart.
    • Fixes:
      Fixed couple of small bugs.
    Version 5.1.2

    10 Oct 2019

    • Fixes:
      Fixed update function in new version notification and minor bugfixes.
    Version 5.1.1

    8 Oct 2019

    • Fixes:
      Fixed crash on macOS 10.15 Catalina for remove keyboard input.
    Version 5.1.0

    8 Oct 2019

    • New features:
      Added Discovery feature and better support for macOS 10.15 Catalina
    • Fixes:
      Minor bugfixes
    Version 5.0.0

    6 Jun 2019

    • Redesign:
      New user interface design.
    • Fixes:
      Minor bugfixes.
    Version 4.3.0

    12 Oct 2018

    • File manager:
      File Manager now available on macOS.
    • Screenshots:
      Screenshots are now stored to the Desktop.
    • Speed Dial items:
      Solved loss of Speed Dial items issue.

    Mac Os Software Versions

    Version 4.2.0

    13 Jul 2018

    • Enhanced Usability:
      Implemented custom context menu for AnyDesk ID (claim alias, show alias/show id, copy address).
    • Claim Alias now available:
      Implemented claim alias feature for macOS, users can now choose an alias.
    • Keyboard Usability:
      During a session, the hotkeys of macOS are disabled locally so they can be transmitted to the remote side.
    • Incoming file manager session refreshes:
      Folder content was not refreshed on the remote side on copying files. The file manager view now refreshes automatically.
    • Compatibility for file manager session:
      Incoming file transfer sessions did not allow to change directory to folders containing a space character.
    • Usability:
      Select and Copy using Command+C now works on the AnyDesk ID.
    • Keep session alive:
      AnyDesk now prevents macOS from going to sleep mode when there is an active session.
    • Request elevation improved:
      Fixed an issue in the request elevation feature.
    Version 4.1.0

    14 Jun 2018

    • Fixed Bug:
      In some cases, the installation did not work at the first attempt. This should now always succeed on the first entry of the admin password.
    • Fixed Bug:
      The clipoard did not work when connecting to macOS. The clipboard should now work in any case, including clipboard file transfer. Please click the file button at the top of the AnyDesk window in order to receive files from the clipboard on macOS.
    • Fixed Bug:
      Improved stability.
    • Fixed Bug:
      Removed the warning that the file is downloaded from the internet.
    Version 4.0

    11 Apr 2018

    • Address Book:
      The macOS version now supports your license’s shared address books.
    • Session recording and playback:
      Implemented recording and playback of sessions.
    • Connect to the login screen:
      The macOS version also runs as a service and supports connections to the login screen, full unattended access, and user switching.

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    Tips on 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard(last compatible operating system for G4 867 and above, and G5s), 10.6 Snow Leopard (end of the line for PowerPC applications), 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks,

    10.10 Yosemite, and 10.11 El Capitan to 10.14 Mojave.


    Mac OS X Sierra was released on September 20, 2016. A few Macs which came with 10.6 can install Sierra.


    Note this tip, and the series of tips from 10.2 (10.2, and 10.3 not mentioned in above links as people must have 10.4.4 or later on an Intel Mac to get to 10.6) to 10.11 I've written here all refer to Mac OS X Client. Server versions of Mac OS X may have different limitations, and the people visiting the appropriate Server forum may be able to answer your questions better about Mac OS X Server.


    When determining your Mac model, see this tip to find its age:


    I would not downgrade to Leopard without erasing your data first.


    Be sure to backup your data first at least twice before installing any operating system. Shut down, and disconnect any peripherals before continuing with the installation. Read the info below to ensure you are compatible. Finally, you may need to use the Startup Manager to boot the operating system when the 'C' key doesn't work in order to get the installer to work or repair the disk before installation if the initial attempt to install fails. To determine if that repair is necessary, post to the forum, and someone will be able to help you to find out which repairs might be necessary.


    Java is outdated in terms of security in Mac OS X 10.6. Backup your data and at least update to 10.6.8 if your Mac says it is Intel in Apple menu -> About this Mac. Read about updating to 10.7, and this tip about how to optimize your Java in 10.6 if you are stuck with 10.6.


    Software

    10.6 retail is available from the Apple Store on http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard (the /us/ in the link may be changed for the standard two letter country code matching the store link). Note: Macs newer than April 1, 2010 but older than July 20, 2011 must use the original 10.6 installer disc that shipped with them to boot 10.6 from CD. AppleCare may have those discs if you lost or misplaced it. To determine the age of a Mac, plug it in the support status search engine, and use the serial number lookup. Using the model name, find the release date of that model on Wikipedia or Everymac.com, and the followup date.


    Leopard (10.5) is not to be confused with Snow Leopard (10.6) which are different paid operating systems.


    If you are interested in upgrading to Lion you can read this tip, and Mountain Lion or Mavericks, this tip. Note: Mavericks you can update to

    for free, whereas both Lion and Mountain Lionyou can not. Lion requires a minimum of 10.6.6 already be installed, unless you have the USB Flash drive for it, and Mountain Lion and Mavericks requires a minimum of 10.6.8. Lion and Mountain Lion have different hardware requirements, but the Apple hardware requirements for Mavericks are the same Mountain Lion.


    If you got a machine that came with Lion or Mountain Lion and wonder if you can install Snow Leopard on it, read the bottom of this tip first.


    Snow leopard is available free for a limited time from this link if you have Mobileme and need an upgrade path to Lion that doesn't require erasing your hard drive.


    Flashback malware has a patch on 10.6.8. Users of 10.6.7 and earlier are recommended to disable Java. For more info read this tip.


    Macs that were released new as of July 20, 2011 (the MacBook Pro for instance had no new release until October 24, 2011, and that model's earlier sold models all work with Snow Leopard) or later, will generally not run Snow Leopard unless you follow this tip for Snow Leopard Server virtualization. Other than that, the following statements are true:

    All Mac Pros will work with Snow Leopard (10.6.x), and they look like:



    The PowerMac G5 towers which look like:

    will not work with Snow Leopard. Neither will the ones that are beige, blue, or graphite colored with plastic cases.


    All Apple notebooks labelled MacBook with at least 1 GB of RAM, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air below the screen or will work with Snow Leopard.

    Apple notebooks labeled iBook, and Powerbook beneath the screen will not work with Snow Leopard. Note, many of the newer MacBook Airs and MacBook Pro no longer have the label on the bottom of the screen frame, and you have to shut down the Mac, and look under the Mac for its label. Those may only be able to use the aforementioned virtualized Snow Leopard Server.


    Mac minis with at least 1 GB of RAM and 4 and 5 USB ports on the rear as shown in the image below:



    will work with Snow Leopard.
    Those with less than four USB ports will not work with Snow Leopard.


    All iMacs that look like:


    Will work with Snow Leopard.


    From the iMacs which look like:



    If they are iMac Intelthey can upgraded to Snow Leopard. To tell if they are Intel, they will have an EMC# on the base which is enumerated 2104, 2105, 2110, 2114, 2118, 2111, 2133, or 2134. All others were iMac G5 and can only be upgraded to 10.5.8. Another distinction is that iMac G5's had mini-VGA ports that looked like:


    Whereas White iMac Intels had mini-DVI which looked like:




    You can also tell if it is an iMac Intel by selecting Apple menu -> About This Mac. Core Duo and Core2Duo are Intel, whereas the G5 are not.


    Notes: G5 refers to the CPU made by IBM for Apple before the migration to Intel CPU in 2006. It was found on iMacs, and PowerMacs. Powerbooks and iBooks maxed out using the Motorola G4 CPU, only to be replaced by MacBook Pros and MacBooks in 2006.. Intel made the CPU found in 2006 and newer Macs, and these are referred to as CoreSolo, CoreDuo, Core2Duo, i3, i5, i7, and Xeon. Don't confuse a G5 for an Intel CPU Mac. They are not the same except in exterior design when it comes to the iMac, and the means to tell them apart is stated above. In 2006, the Mac Mini changed from G4 to Intel CoreSolo CPU. In 2006 the iMac changed from G5 to Intel CoreDuo CPU.


    All Intel Macs with sufficient RAM older than March 29, 2010 can take the retail 10.6.3 installer disc. All Intel Macs with sufficient RAM older than August 28, 2009 can take the 10.6.0 retail installer disc. This disc must look like and can't say Upgrade, Dropin, or OEM on it.


    It is recommended those upgrading from PowerPC follow this tip:



    It is recommended you backup your data at least twice before upgrading any software.


    It is recommended you check these listings for compatible 10.6 software from:
    C!Net, Snow Leopard Wiki,Macintouch, and Apple's listing of compatible printers and scanners


    and Apple supplied updates for printers and scanners:


    HP, Ricoh,Canon, Epson, Brother,Lexmark, Samsung, and Fuji/Xerox


    Additionally, some Ricoh printers that do not have official drivers have been found to have the resolution documented by this thread:


    And Apple's phone support with iSync:


    For digital cameras, these RAW formats are supported on 10.6. Note the most recent Mac Mini, iMac, and MacBook Pros

    have SD card slots for reading camera media. For all other camera media, Express/34 on 17' MacBook Pro and pre-June 8 2009 MacBook Pros, PCI for Mac Pro, USB, and Firewire card readers exist for all Intel Mac models. Additionally, many multifunction printers have card readers that will work on the Mac. JPEG, TIFF, PNG

    are all common formats supported by cameras outside of RAW, though RAW enables you to post process many more features of digital images than the other formats.


    To be compatible with the Mac App Store, the Lion updater from the USB Flash drive or App Store, and the Facetime video software in Standard Definition minimum, you'll need the 10.6.6 combo, 10.6.7 combo, 10.6.7 combo with the font update, or the 10.6.8 combo followed by the Thunderbolt update if applicable.

    10.6.8 has the following security updates: 10.6.8 2013 Security Update 004, 2013-005 Java update (note Java is not current until Mac OS X 10.7.3 from Java.com)


    Sometimes when 10.6 is installed, Rosetta, the application that allows PowerPC programs to run will not automatically install. In those situations, you can manually install Rosetta from the 10.6 installer disc. The following quote explains how to install it manually:


    Insert the Mac OS 10.6 installation DVD When the DVD is mounted, select “Optional Installs” then “Optional Installs.mpkg”

    List Of Apple Macos Versions

    Follow the onscreen instructions for agreeing to the software license and selecting the hard drive for installation.

    In the “Installation Type” step, select the box next to Rosetta from the list of applications presented. Continue the installation process.

    After successful installation, a confirmation message will appear.


    These instructions appeared on http://forums.printable.com/showthread.php?t=1110 .




    As 10.6 is the last operating system that shipped on prebundled discs that come with Macs, it also is the last one that shipped with a prebundled set of iLife applications. To learn which version of iLife may have come on your computer, see this tip. 10.7 and later prebundled Macs did not ship with iDVD, but will have shipped with iPhoto, iTunes, Garageband, and iMovie. If you still desire iDVD, consult with AppleCare.


    10.6 has these updates available depending on what you have on your Mac (Combo updates can be applied to any of the preceding versions, where Delta can only be applied to the immediately preceding version):

    10.6.110.6.3 v1.1 Delta and 10.6.3 v1.1 Combo10.6.4 Combo, 10.6.4 Delta, 10.6.4 Mac Mini Mid 201010.6.6 Delta, 10.6.6 Combo10.6.7 for early 2011 MacBook Pro, 10.6.7 Combo, 10.6.7 Delta, 10.6.7 font update to all previous updates10.6.8 delta v1.1 (7/25/2011) and Combo v1.1 (7/25/2011), and the followup Thunderbolt update for 2011 iMacs and MacBook Pros for installation after 10.6.8


    Which Macs can have Snow Leopard installed, and which can only have Lion installed based on Machine ID (also known as Model Identifier)?

    You can find out which gray installer disc came with Macs that can install Snow Leopard newer than March 15, 2010 by reading: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1159. Machine ID is in Apple menu -> About This Mac -> More info (on 10.7 and later the About Window has System Information instead of More info to access the System Profiler) under the hardware section. The 'x' value below can be any number. Older Macs indicated below can use the 10.6.3 retail installer, if not the 10.6 retail installer, if they are older than August 28, 2009. Together with partitioning, the Core2Duo (not CoreDuo, not CoreSolo), Xeon, Core i3, i5, i7 Macs which are Snow Leopard compatible can run both Snow Leopard and Lion, provided they have at least 2 GB of RAM. Partitioning requires an erase of the hard drive. A second internal or external hard drive can boot into a separate operating system on the same Macs. The Macs below which can only run Lion and later, are also known as Lion prebundled Macs. Lion prebundled Macs thankfully can run Windows in virtualization, which would allow them to use the Windows version of software that may only run in Snow Leopard and earlier on Mac OS X. The Macs listed here that won't run Snow Leopard also are not able to use the retail Lion installer USB Flash drive, and must use the instructions onMacworld to create a specialty Flash drive or be cloned onto another hard drive before their prebundled hard drive dies, to be able to restore Lion. Macs below that can't install Snow Leopard directly may be able to do so via virtualization, as described by this tip.


    Mac Mini 5,x and later only run Lion and later. Mac Mini 4,x and earlier can run Snow Leopard with at least 1 GB of RAM (that's greater than 768MB of RAM).


    MacBook Pro 8,x with EMC#s 2355, 2563, 2564 can only run 10.7 or later, all other 8,x EMC#s can run 10.6.3 or later, and all 7,x can.

    MacBook Pro 9,x and higher can only run 10.7 and later.


    Mac Pro 5,1 that are not EMC 2629 and earlier can run Snow Leopard. EMC 2629, and Mac Pro 6,x and later can only 10.7 and later.

    The 10.6.3 retail installer will only work on Mac Pro 4,x and earlier.


    MacBook with no Air and no Pro on the screen as of 11/30/2011 can all run Snow Leopard with at least 1 GB of RAM.


    MacBook Air 4,x and later can't run Snow Leopard, while 3,x and earlier with at least 1 GB of RAM can run Snow Leopard.


    iMac 12,1 i3 (EMC 2496 on foot, MC978LL/A) can't run Snow Leopard, while the 12,x i5 and i7 can run Snow Leopard, and the iMac 1,1 through 11,x can run Snow Leopard with at least 1 GB of RAM. iMac 13,1 and later can't run Snow Leopard natively.


    Lastly, here the Macs that are compatible with 10.6.3 retail avialable from the Apple Store based on Model Identifier:


    iMac 11,1 and older

    Mac Mini 3,x and older

    MacBook 6,1 and older

    MacBook Pro 5,x and older

    MacPro 4,x and older

    MacBook Air 2,x and older


    Macs that fall between those criteria must use the 10.6 installer that shipped with them to install 10.6.


    Apple Imac Software Versions Names


    * The release names Early and Late can be gotten by plugging the serial number of the machine in

    Apple Mac Os Versions Supported



    Apple Macbook Software Version