Messages Beta on Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cadoo, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. cadoo macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2009
    Is this possible? I know when iBooks Author came out, there were workarounds to get it installed on Snow Leopard. I would guess the same would be possible with the Messages beta?

    Has anyone tried this or heard of success doing it?
  2. NeuralControl macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2009
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    I don't know if workarounds are possible or not, but a regular installation will not work. I have tried and confirmed it.
  3. taylok macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    You can manually edit your SystemVersion.plist file (Like the iBooks workaround) and that will at least get the installer started. But still, later on in the process when you're asked to select a hard drive for it to be installed on, the installer will tell you that your hard disk "doesn't meet requirements for this update".

    Obviously, theres no reason this thing shouldn't run in snow leopard, it may just be tricking the installer into letting it actually run the installation. Is the root file structure in Lion really that different from Snow Leopard?

    Anyone have any ideas?
  4. esaruoho macrumors member


    Nov 7, 2011
    Helsinki, Finland
    I tried the "plist edit" trick to get Messages Beta to work on 10.6.8. It demands that my harddrive be a certain format, or something. Can't install it on a USB stick either. It's really sad, was looking forward to using it on my SnowLeopard.

    I hope there's some way of advancing through the installation so that it will work.
  5. taylok macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    Anyone know specifically what the Installer might be looking for?

    I tried looking through the console, and the installer log, and there's nothing interesting or pointing to any hints.

    I also tried running the installer in verbose mode off the command line, and that didn't help either.

    Any ideas on where to go from here?
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Hate to state the obvious but the easiest solution is to upgrade to Lion. I know many people don't want to , and I respect that but trying to hack new apps/features so they run on a Legacy OS is fraught with frustration and problems.
  7. archdelux macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
  8. masterbeta2 macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2012
    it can be used in snow leopard, however, you must have a certain framework installed (that is used by Lion, and not by snow leopard)

    you can try a program called Pacifist - to open the messages.pkg file and browse yourself, the stop-errors are called by the "distribution" file in resources which runs a script to check for version of OS and version of OS on HD

    there are only those 2 checks to determine if it can be installed.... and sadly, it cannot without the Lion frameworks (i stopped there as i was bored enough already with it) lol :)

    you ARE in fact able to install iWeb and idvd and front row onto Lion by editing those checks and i have done so and they work flawlessly :)

    messages beta, well, it's in beta.... so check back after a proper release is finalized! :)

    happy hunting/editing! :)

    PS - do NOT try to install messages beta via Pacifist - it will screw up your ichat for good as apple has no dmg for ichat for snow leopard !!!
  9. funkadunk8 macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2011
    so wait, it does work, or it doesn't? i never use ichat, so its not a problem for me if i lose it. i just want to try it out and see if i like it.

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