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PearPC - PowerPC Architecture Emulator


PearPC - PowerPC Architecture Emulator is an architecture-independent PowerPC platform emulator capable of running most PowerPC operating systems.

The following operating systems were tested and run (to some extent) in PearPC (ie. as clients):

* Mandrake Linux 9.1 for PPC installer: Runs well
* Mandrake Linux 9.1 for PPC after installation: Hard to boot. Runs very well afterwards.
* Darwin for PPC: Runs well
* Mac OS X 10.3: Runs well with some caveats
* OpenBSD for PPC: Crashes while booting (accesses PCI in an unsupported way)
* NetBSD for PPC: Crashes while booting
* AIX for PPC: Some people ask about that.


• While the CPU emulation may be slow (1/500th or 1/15th, see above), the speed of emulated hardware is hardly impacted by the emulation; the emulated hard-drive and CDROM e.g. are very fast, especially with OS that support bus-mastering (Linux, Darwin, Mac OS X do).
• A lot of unimplementated features are fatal (i.e. will abort PearPC).
• Timings are very still a little bit inaccurate. Don't rely on benchmarks made in the client.
• PearPC lacks a save/restore machine-state feature.
• No LBA48 (but LBA). Currently no support for hard disks greater than 128 GiB. Disks > 4GiB are not tested very well.

Product Delivery: 
Electronic Delivery (download)
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Latest version of PearPC is back from 2005. Maybe development on this has stopped.

How to Setup PearPC to run mac OS on windows.

Go to
Download PearPC and extract the zip file on a folder of your computer.
Download the 6 GB disk image file.
Use WinRar to open the disk image and extract it at the folder of PearPC

Go to
Download and install the PearPC Control Panel.
This software will allow you to configure PearPC.

You will also need a Mac OS tiger installation cdrom to continue with the installation



I would love to run a MAC on my windows PC, but I could not make this work.
Beware: when I downloaded the 2 empty disk images from the original site, one of them had a virus in it. So its better to create your own disk images as described in the other articles.