Last versions of applications for Mac OS X on PowerPC

This page lists where to get the last or more recent versions of certain applications for Mac OS X on PowerPC.

Note: several links on this page point to encrypted (HTTPS) sites, which might not be accessible from older browsers (e.g. Safari). You will have to download those programs with TenFourFox or another computer.

Name Last version for Tiger Last version for Leopard
Audacity 2.0.5 (use LAME 3.98.2 and FFmpeg 0.6.2) or 2.0.6 (with no plug-ins); see changelog for differences 2.0.6 (use the latest plug-ins; Leopard-only even though they claim Tiger compatibility)
CMake 3.3.2 (same as for Tiger)
FileZilla 3.0.6 or 3.7.3 (unofficial) 3.8.0
FreeMat 3.6 (note: 1.10 is the last MIT-licensed version) (same as for Tiger?)
Fuse for Mac OS X 1.0.0?
iDefrag 2.0.5 (same as for Tiger)
KZIP and ZIPMIX 20091108 (same as for Tiger)
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client 1 (supports connecting to Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP/Server 2003) 1.0.3 (same as for Tiger)
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client 2 (supports connecting to Windows XP/Vista/7/Server 2003/Server 2008) 2.0.1 (see bottom of linked page) 2.1.1
PNGOUT 20130221 (same as for Tiger)
Poedit 1.5.7
Python 2.x 2.7.8 2.7.14
Python 3.x 3.2.3 (note: this version is older than 2.7.8) 3.5.4 (note: this version is older than 2.7.14)
RAR 4.01 (see below for newer UnRAR) (same as for Tiger?)
SketchUp 7.1? After the evaluation period expires, you can export to OBJ with these scripts. To use, execute load 'path/filename' in the Ruby console, for example: load 'c:/somewhere/obj_export_1.1.rb' 8.0.15157? (otherwise, same as for Tiger)
Synthesia 0.8.1? (replace SynthesiaConfig with the one from 0.8.0, set the video mode, then run Synthesia) (same as for Tiger?)
ViBE 1.0b10 (latest)
VLC 0.9.10 2.0.10



Please see my Opera 12 security and privacy guide (which also applies to older versions) for the last version depending on your version of Mac OS X.


The last official version for Tiger and Leopard is

There also exist newer unofficial versions for Leopard.

LibreOffice requires a fast machine; a Sawtooth is not really fast enough.


Version 0.74-3 (currently the latest) still works at least on a G4 with Tiger. However, 0.74-2 seems to be faster, at least with default settings.

See also: DOSBox for Mac OS 9 (and older)

Java for Tiger

A clean installation of Mac OS X 10.4.11 and Security Update 2009-005 only gives you Java 1.4.2_07, which might be too old for your needs. The last version for Tiger is 1.5.0_19. It can only be obtained by installing the following updates in order:

  1. Java 1.3.1 and 1.4.2 Release 2. This gives you 1.4.2_09.
  2. J2SE 5.0 Release 4. This gives you 1.5.0_06.
  3. Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 5. This gives you 1.5.0_07.
  4. Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 6. This gives you 1.5.0_13.
  5. Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 7. This gives you 1.5.0_16.
  6. Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 8. This update is very small and doesn't change the version, but it is still required.
  7. Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 9. This gives you 1.5.0_19.

Note: this is useful mostly for compiling or running local Java applications from trusted sources. Because of security vulnerabilities, it is better to avoid Java applets on Web pages, or use SandboxSafari.

Open source software compiled by me

Use at your own risk.

All of these are command line programs.


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