Running Lion Apps on Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Tissue Paper, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Tissue Paper macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2012
    Hi, I'm curious about something.

    I watched a video about someone teaching how to run 10.7+ apps on a 10.6 Snow Leopard system. He says to go to System, Library then System Version and edit the version there by typing 10.8 or 10.7. On the video it shows he was able to run Lion OS apps on the Snow Leopard.

    Will it ruin the system if you do that, or causes crashes? Or any other side effects or complications?

  2. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    It might work for a few apps, but if the app is meant to run on Lion it needs to be run on Lion. You can edit the system version, but it's never the best idea.
  3. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I'm not sure what side effects it might have. It could affect security patches and other software updates for your system.

    As for apps that require 10.7 or later, it could be an artificial restriction and they'll run fine. Or there could be technical restrictions in which case they won't run okay although they may appear to for a bit.

    Why don't you upgrade OS X and what apps are you interested in that have the Lion or later requirements?

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