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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

Supported hardware
  • eMac
  • iBook G4
  • iMac G4
  • iMac G5
  • iMac Core Duo
  • iMac Core 2 Duo (excluding "Late 2009" and "Mid 2010" models)
  • PowerBook G4
  • Power Mac G4
  • Power Mac G5
  • MacBook (pre-2010)
  • MacBook Pro (pre-2010)
  • MacBook Air (pre-2010)
  • Mac Pro (pre-2010)
  • Mac Mini (pre-2010)
  • Macintosh Server G4
  • Xserve G4
  • Xserve G5
  • Xserve Xeon

Installation on unsupported G4 hardware

1. Leopard Assist
For easy installation of Leopard on some unsupported G4s (<867Mhz), try Leopard Assist.

2. Manual method
Leopard can run on any older Macs that have a G4 processor and AGP-based graphics, so the "Sawtooth" Power Mac G4 onwards, simply by circumventing the 867 MHz processor speed check. This can be done either by modifying the OSinstall.mpkg file on the Leopard DVD to make a DVD that will install on any suitable Mac as it if were supported (when burning the DVD, if using a singe-layer disc delete the Xcode Tools package from the Optional Installs folder on the root of the image, as well as the packages in /System/Installation/Packages for all of the printer drivers and all of the foreign languages packs (do not delete AsianLanguageSupport.pkg though, this is not a language pack and will cause the installation to fail if it is not present), or by using an unmodified DVD and running one of the following commands in Open Firmware to temporarily (until next reboot) fake a supported CPU speed:

(1) Hold the Command, Option, O and F keys together when starting the Mac and only release them once the Open Firmware command line has appeared.
(2) Insert the unmodified Leopard DVD into the Mac’s DVD drive.
(3) Run the following script exactly as below (including capitals), press Enter after each line and check that Open Firmware displays "ok" :

For single-CPU Macs:
Code:
dev /cpus/PowerPC,G4@0
d# 867000000 encode-int " clock-frequency" property
boot cd:,\\:tbxi

For dual-CPU Macs:
Code:
dev /cpus/PowerPC,G4@0
d# 867000000 encode-int " clock-frequency" property
dev /cpus/PowerPC,G4@1
d# 867000000 encode-int " clock-frequency" property
boot cd:,\\:tbxi

Installation on G4 Yikes! and upgraded Beige & Blue & White G3s
Leopard can also be made to run on older non-AGP Macs that have a G4 processor (the "Yikes!" Power Mac G4) or that have been upgraded to a G4 (Power Mac G3 "beige" and "blue and white", older Power Macs, etc) but this also requires the addition of further kexts and installation using another Mac as the Leopard DVD will not be bootable.

Leopard cannot run on a G3 processor (not even the 900 MHz iBook G3 models even though they exceed the minimum 867 MHz requirement) as Apple only compiled Leopard for AltiVec, which the G3 line of processors does not include.

As of Mid 2010, some Apple computers have firmware factory installed which will no longer allow installation of Mac OS X Leopard. These computers only allow installation of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

ATI Rage 128 and ATI Rage Pro graphics cards/chips:
Apple removed the drivers for these from Leopard so it will run on them but with no graphics acceleration. The Tiger kexts for them can be added back - download link in thread https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/tip-ati-rage-128-in-leopard.1691634, after placing in the /System/Library/Extensions folder apply permissions as follows (easiest way is using the utility BatChmod) before rebooting: owner root RWX, group wheel R-X, everyone R-X.


Minimum RAM
512 MB; additional RAM is strongly recommended

Minimum Hard Drive Space / Partition Size
9 GB

Release Date
October 26, 2007

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Apple Software Updates


Audio Production
  • Ableton Live 8.4.2
  • Algoriddim djay 3.1.4
  • Audacity 2.1.0
  • Digidesign Pro Tools LE 8.0.1 (PPC) 8.0.5 (Intel)
    (Pro Tools LE 7.4.2cs4 is both Leopard & Tiger compatible)
  • Fission 1.6.10
  • Felt Tip Sound Studio 3.5.7
  • GarageBand '09 5.1 (iLife '09)
  • Logic Pro 9 (with 9.0.2 update for PowerPC)
  • Logic Studio (2009)
    • Compressor 3.5
    • Logic Pro 9.0
    • MainStage 2.0
    • Soundtrack Pro 3
    • WaveBurner 1.6
  • Native Instruments (Standalone and AU/VST/RTAS Plugins):
    • Absynth 3.0.2
    • GuitarRig 2.0.0
    • Massive 1.1.4
    • Reaktor 5.1.5
    • Spektral Delay 1.6.0
    • Traktor DJStudio 3.2.1
    • Vokator 1.2.0
  • Propellerhead Reason 4.0
  • Renoise 2.7.2
  • Sibelius 6
  • Soundtrack Pro 2.0.2
  • Steinberg Cubase 5.5.3

Audio Utilities & Music Players

Graphic Design & Photography
  • Acorn 1.5.5
  • Adobe Creative Suite 4
    • Acrobat 9.5.5
    • Camera Raw 5.7
    • Contribute 5.0.2
    • Drive 1.0.1
    • Fireworks 10.0.4
    • Flash 10.0.3
    • InDesign 6.0.5
    • Output Module 2.1
    • Photoshop 11.0.2
    • Version Cue 4.0.1
  • Adobe Lightroom 2.7
  • Adobe Reader 9.5.5
  • Aperture 2.1.4
  • Art Directors Toolkit 4.0
  • Blender 2.63a
  • Brush Pilot 2.0
  • Color Schemer Studio 2.0.1
  • GIFfun 4.2
  • GraphicConverter 7.6.2
  • iMaginator 5.0
  • iPhoto 8.1.2 (iLife '09)
  • Little Snapper 1.0.2
  • Maya 8
  • Paintbrush 2.1.2
  • Picturesque 2.1.5
  • Pixelmator 1.5.1
  • Photopresenter 2.6
  • PhotoToWeb 3.5
  • Seashore 0.5.1
  • Slice & Dice 4.3.4
  • Sketchbook Pro 2.0
  • Suitcase Fusion 12.1.1
  • The Print Shop Pro 2.0.3 U
  • RawTherapee 4.5
  • VueScan 9.0.96

Office & Productivity

Web Browsers

Web Development
  • Coda 1.7.5
  • CSSEdit 2.6
  • Espresso 1.1
  • iWeb 3.0
  • MAMP 1.9.6.1
  • RapidWeaver 4.3.0
  • Taco HTML Edit 1.7.2

Network Tools

Syncing with your phone
  • DropCopy
  • PhotoSync

Software Development

Video Playback & Encoding

Video Production
  • Final Cut Express 4.0.1
  • Final Cut Studio 2 [PowerPC]
    • Final Cut Pro 6.0.6
    • LiveType 2.1.3
    • Motion 3.0.2
    • Cinema Tools 4.0.1
    • Color 1.0.4
    • Compressor 3.0.5
    • DVD Studio Pro 4.2.1
  • Final Cut Studio 3 [Intel] (with Pro Apps Update 2010-02 - updates it to Final Cut Pro 7.0.3)
  • iDVD 7.0.4 (iLife '09)
  • iMovie '09 8.0.6 (iLife '09)
  • iMovie HD 6.0.4
  • Screenflow 2.1.11
  • Videator 5.0

Disk & Maintenance Utilities
  • AppCleaner 1.2.2
  • AppZapper 1.8.0
  • Burn 2.5.1
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.7ƒ
  • Disco 1.0.3
  • DiskWarrior 4.2
  • Intech SpeedTools 3.9.1
  • OmniDiskSweeper 1.7
  • OnyX 2.0.6
  • SuperDuper! 2.7.1
  • Temperature Monitor 4.98
  • Toast Titanium 9.0.7 or 10.0.9

Benchmarking Utilities
  • Geekbench 2.2.7
  • GioFX OpenMark 1.60
  • OpenGL Extensions Viewer 3.15
  • Xbench 1.3

Graphics Utilities

General Utilities
  • Esperance DV (RAM Disk) 2.3
  • GeekTool 2.1.2
  • Global Warmth 2.3.3
  • GLTerminal 0.9.2
  • Mactracker 7.4.1
  • MenuMeters 1.8.1
  • PackUpAndGo 3.2.2
  • Pacifist 3.0.10
  • PPCAppStore V2.1
  • PreferenceCommander 2.3.4
  • RightZoom 1.8.1
  • Scroll Reverser 1.5.1
  • SizeUp 1.2.1
  • StarMores
  • StuffIt Expander/Deluxe 2011 (15.0.4)
  • The Unarchiver 3.2
  • TrueBlue 3.4
  • Tuxera NTFS for Mac (2005-RC)
  • UnrarX 2.2
  • Windowshade 4.3
  • XaoS

Theming and Customization
  • Aqua Extreme
  • CandyBar 3.3.4
  • Iconverter 0.9
  • Img2icns 1.2.2
  • LeopardRebirth 1.2
  • LeopardRebirth Remover 1.0
  • Mountain Leopard
  • Nocturne 2.0.0
  • Secrets 1.0.6
  • Transbar

Open Source Package Managers & Tools
  • MacPorts 2.5.0
  • Tigerbrew
  • XQuartz (X11) 2.6.3

Emulators & Virtualization
  • DOSBox 0.74
  • QEMU 2.2.1
  • Parallels Desktop 7.0.15107 [Intel]
  • SheepShaver 2.4 (20140201)
  • Virtual PC 7.0.3 [PowerPC] max. 512MB allocated RAM
  • VMware Fusion 3.1.4.683826 [Intel]

Games
  • 4x4 EVO 2
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Civilization III
  • Doom 3 v1.3.1
  • Halo v2.0.3
  • Lemonade Tycoon
  • Machinarium v10.0.32.18
  • Max Payne
  • Minecraft v1.5.1
  • Oni
  • Prey v1.2 b116
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Unreal Tournament 2004 v3369.2
  • World Of Goo 1.3.0
  • XIII


Third-party 802.11n/802.11ac Wifi Adapters and Drivers


(Add links if you got 'em!)


Leopard tweaks:

Designable.nib removal
After installing Leopard and all applicable updates, run the following in Terminal to save disk space by removing the designable.nib debug files that Apple seemingly mistakenly left in Leopard (they were not in previous or subsequent versions) - I have always done this with no problems, but this is at your own risk if it breaks anything, read more at https://appleinsider.com/articles/08/06/27/solving_the_mystery_of_snow_leopards_shrinking_apps
Code:
sudo find / -type f -name designable.nib | awk -F '\t' '{print "\""$1"\""}' | xargs rm -v

2D Dock
Code:
defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock

Restore 3D Dock
Code:
defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NO; killall Dock

Monolingual:

Shed several hundred megabytes more by removing international localization and multi-architecture features. Try Monolingual (version 1.4.5)[/list]
 

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I have added the notes for installing on sub-867 MHz G4 systems, all Apple updates for Leopard (and changed existing links to the English language versions), and some more applications. I've kept copies of all of the updates and most of the last Leopard/PowerPC-compatible applications for if they become hard to find online.
 
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galgot

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Added TorBrowser 3.5.4 , RawTherapy 4.5 and SSHTunnel v1.6.
Leopard compatibles apps are so many, we'll have to tidy by themes...
 
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AphoticD

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Added a massive dump of apps and their latest working versions which I found on my Leopard Macs - organized into categories.

Download links to come for non-commercial products where possible...
 
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YaBe

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Added a massive dump of apps and their latest working versions which I found on my Leopard Macs - organized into categories.

Download links to come for non-commercial products where possible...
Wow massive work there my friend, and also I really prefere the way apps are divided now, way better than by vendor.
 
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AphoticD

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Thanks! What I like about seeing this particular compilation of apps is that it is a reminder of just how much great software we have on Leopard (PowerPC).

It can be very easy to see an old Mac as useless when you have no third party software installed and all of the modern software stores, services and vendors have deleted any references to PowerPC compatibility... But just look at this list of amazing apps!

And there is much, much more out there.

@SourceSunTom started a beautiful looking Mac App Store clone for Leopard apps which was distributed with LeopardRebirth (http://www.leopardrebirth.com ) however being a closed source service it all depends on a one man operation to maintain.

Once we get all the links in, this thread could be a great resource. But we are still depending on each vendor to keep their download links active... does anybody have any thoughts or suggestions on this?

It’s a shame to see software version links disappear as archive.org doesn’t always catch everything. Without all this great software (and more) our platform becomes completely redundant...

So if anything we must become the curating archivists of our own platform, because nobody else cares! :apple:
 
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YaBe

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I would be willing to use my hosting to mantain copies of that, if that is legal and or allowed, I would guess as many app would require a serial wich I would not be giving anyway....

My current main machine is a G5 so I know wery well they are not useless machines, I have an iPad Pro for internet and few apps, but my main work is done on the G5!
 
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Added "Syncing with your phone" section, with DropCopy, an app which allows you to simply drop a file in a window to send it to your iPhone or to another PC, and PhotoSync, a great app STILL UPDATED FOR PPC MACS, which allows you to sync your photos and videos from your Android phone or your iPhone easily and rapidly. Also added in "Theming and customization" Transbar, which provides a transparent menu bar effect on macs which doesn't support Core Image
 
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Amethyst1

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I don't seem to be able to edit the first post, so here's a couple of additions:

Audio Production
  • Renoise 2.7.2
  • Steinberg Cubase 5.5.3
Video Production
  • Final Cut Express 4.0.1
Graphic Design & Photography
  • Paintbrush 2.1.2
  • Seashore 0.5.1
Office & Productivity
  • Microsoft Office 2011 [Intel]
  • Nisus Writer Express 3.4.1
  • Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.1
  • Stone Create 14.4.1
Disk & Maintenance Utilities
  • Disco 1.0.3
  • SuperDuper! 2.7.1
Emulators & Virtualization
  • DOSBox 0.74
  • Parallels Desktop 7.0.15107 [Intel]
General Utilities
  • RightZoom 1.8.1
  • Stone StarMores
  • Stone XaoS
 
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Amethyst1

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Added Audio Hijack [Pro], Airfoil Speakers, Combine PDFs, Demeter, DisplayLink Drivers, Fission, GIFfun, Global Warmth, iMaginator, OmniWeb, PackUpAndGo, PhotoToWeb, PowerDesk, PreferenceCommander, Shiira, Slice & Dice, SoundSource, TrueBlue, Videator.
 
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Amethyst1

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Added AbiWord, Camino, Cog, LineIn, Logic Studio (2009), Notational Velocity, NetNewsWire, Opera, PStill, SiteCrawler, Sunrise, TenFourBird, TimeEqualsMoney, Unison.

UPDATE: Added Adium, AirServer, AppZapper, DEVON{agent, agent Pro, note, think Personal, think Pro, think Pro Office}, FileZilla, MakeiPhoneRingtone, MPEG Streamclip, Nicecast, SIDPLAY.
 
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