Apple Emulators & Virtual Machines - Apple II - /// - IIgs
If circumstances prevent you from working / playing with your favorite Apple II software because you don't have a REAL Apple II on your desk, don't despair. Apple II emulation, once the stuff of dreams, is now reality.
Before you begin...
Be aware that every hardware emulator now available for all Apple II machines will somehow require the ROM coding from a real Apple II machine. Many of the emulators will give you instructions on how to easily obtain the ROM for you to properly run your emulator. There are pirate copies of bootleg ROM code that have been made available at different places on the web. Understand that Apple II or IIgs ROM code or ROM images available online (either on the web or by ftp) are illegal copies of this software. A2-Web does not endorse, suggest, or recommend that anyone obtain pirated software, and strongly discourages anyone from attempting to secure Apple II ROM code by this method. Caveat Lector.
A2SERVER - by Ivan
Falling somewhere between emulators and full-up virtual machines is A2SERVER, which lets you use your current-day computer (Mac/PC/Linux/Solaris) as a file server for Apple II client computers. More information on Apple II Oasis can be found at http://appleii.ivanx.com/a2server/.
Apple II Oasis For Windows - by BG Universal Software
Apple II Oasis is a shareware Apple II Emulator (65c02 128K+ //e) for 386 or higher Intel-based machines, and requires Windows 3.1x/95/98/NT/2000 or later. More information on Apple II Oasis can be found at http://www.kd77.net/apple2/index.html.
Bernie ][ The Rescue
Bernie ][ The Rescue the original Apple IIgs emulator for the Mac, has long been unsupported by the creators, F.E. Systems, who have gone on to do other things. If you are interested, you can still find a copy at the Asimov FTP site collection, at ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.com/pub/apple_II/emulators/bernie/
Catakig - 8 bit emulation for the Mac. By Colin Klipsch
Catakig emulates an Apple II, II+ and IIe, if it finds a ROM for one of these systems. The ROMs themselves are copyrighted; you have to copy them from your own Apple II. You can find out more about Catakig by accessing this link.
IIe - by Victor and Vincent Tan
IIe is a shareware Apple //e emulator for Macs and PowerMacs. It is 680x0 and PowerPC native. More information on IIe can be found at the Tan brothers' software information page at http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~vtan/sw/index.html. Scroll down to near the bottom of the page and you will find more info and a link to download IIe.
In the words of Benoit Dardelet, "KEGS-OSX is the Mark Twain project made for Mac OSX. It is based on KEGS, Unix code that I ported to Mac OSX, with the requisite changes and optimization for the OS X environment. KEGS-OSX offers high speed emulation, large RAM, speed, true sound rendering and perfect integration to Cocoa." You can find out more about KEGS-OSX by choosing this link.
Supporting the Apple-1 and clones (Replica-1, A-ONE), and Apple II machines, OpenEmulator is designed for both users and developers, with expansion of capability and function by a multitude of contributors. Recent additions include joystick/mouse support, PAL/NTSC video generation, cycle-accurate video emulation, support for several character sets, floating bus emulation, support for the Apple II cassette interface and the AppleColor Composite Monitor. You can find out more by going to http://www.openemulator.org/.
Eric Shepherd's Sweet16 is an evolution of the classic Bernie ][ The Rescue. While not yet as fully-featured as its predecessor, Sweet16 has the advantage of being a Universal Binary running natively in Mac OS X on both PowerPC and Intel processors, with support for printing from Apple IIgs desktop applications and broad disk image format support. You can find out more about Sweet16 by choosing this link.
Virtual ][: an Apple II+ Emulator for Mac OS X
Written by Gerard Putter, Virtual ][ includes support for installable peripheral card modules and emulates both the cassette tape port as well as virtual Disk ][ drives. The program is designed to run multiple virtual Apple II computers at the same time. Virtual ][ requires an Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" or better. More information can be found at http://virtualii.com/
XGS : The Portable Apple IIGS Emulator
In the words of the programmer, Joshua M. Thompson, aka Funaho, "XGS is a project...to create a fully portable, fully functional Apple IIGS emulator. My goal is to fully emulate the ROM 01 and 03 hardware and run IIGS System Software 6.0.1. XGS is currently available for Unix/X Windows, Win32, MacOS, and MS-DOS, with ports in progress for other systems." You can find out more about XGS by traveling to this link.
XGS-DOS: An Apple IIGS Emulator for DOS
Gilles Tschopp extended the work done by Josh Thompson on XGS, creating a port for MS-DOS (Note: it will NOT run under WinNT). You can find out more about XGS-DOS by traveling to this link.
John Stiles' Apple II Emulation page for the Mac. If you want to read more about Gus, Fast Eddie, Deja II (run Appleworks on your Mac) or other Apple II emulators for the Macintosh, try this link.
Emulators Online! - Gemulator Pro, from Emulators Inc., allows you to run a Mac Plus, a Mac SE, a Mac II, or a number of other 68K-based Macs on an Intel-based machine. Several Atari CPUs are also emulated as well, allowing you to switch between emulated machines without restarting or even quitting the program.