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An emulated 68k Macintosh. The model being the Quadra 800.

Current status

Does not boot any operating systems currently.

Guest operating systems

It will be able run application in a chroot with qemu-m68k (linux-user mode). Mac OS and Linux are expected to run in this emulator one day.

Build Directions

 ./configure --target-list=m68k-softmmu && make

Suggested Command-Line

 qemu-system-m68k -kernel vmlinux -append "console=tty console=ttyS0 root=/dev/sda1 init=/bin/bash" \
 -serial mon:stdio -drive file=m68k.img,if=scsi -net nic

How to help

Review the patches that are sent to the QEMU mailing list.


Linux Desktop Startup of Linux
Screensaver Web Browser


Maintainer's personal wiki page
68k assembly language tutorial
Quadra 800 specs
Inside Macintosh volumes 1-3
Video of qemu-m68k booting Linux
Video of 24bit GNOME on qemu-system-m68k

Maintainer contact info

Laurent Vivier <>