Two “New” Vintage Mac Software Repositories

Today’s blog entry concerns a topic that will be near and dear to many vintage Mac enthusiasts – additional places to look for compatible software! I have recently learned of two significant software repositories for vintage Mac software that I had not previously been aware of, and I thought I should pass this information on to you.

The first is MacGUI at Now many of you may know about Mac GUI already – it has been around for some time. However, they have recently redesigned the site, and I received a notice of this, having been a member there for some time. Of significant note to this blog entry was my rediscovery of their software repository, which they call The Vault. It is truly a wonderful resource for those of us looking for vintage Mac software, covering all the way from the Apple II years onwards. There are high level sections for each of Apple II, Apple IIgs and Macintosh. The “Macintosh” section is the one of particular interest to this blog.

Mac GUI  Vault

The software is grouped into logical categories like Graphics, Utilities and so on, and each title has its year of publication listed with it, making it relatively easy to spot programs that will run on your specific Mac. One thing the good folks at Mac GUI could do to improve the usefulness of their “Macintosh” area however would be to add an “Architecture” column for each title as well, so that you could tell at a glance whether the program was for 68K, Fat Binary, PPC, or Universal Binary.

Mac GUI Macintosh Vault Categories

There are thousands of titles in the Mac GUI vault, so browse to your heart’s content. I am sure that you will be able to find what you are looking for, or if not, several alternatives.

The second repository I have recently stumbled upon is FreeSMUG (Free Open Source Software Mac User Group) at

I was following a chain of links that started at one of my favorite PPC blogs (Viva PowerPC, and eventually I found a blog and an entry that linked to FreeSMUG. What a fortuitous find. I wish I could find the source blog that referenced FreeSMUG so that I could give the author credit, but my efforts to repeat the chain of links have failed. Anyway, FreeSMUG is a pretty cool resource for vintage (and not so vintage) Mac software. It is organized in a direct and easy to understand manner, and they have LOTS of good titles. I would recommend visiting there and having a look!

FOSS Archives

Of course, if you can’t find what you are looking for at either of the above, don’t forget the Macintosh Garden at The Macintosh Garden has an astonishingly large collection of “abandonware” – you can find almost anything there!

Happy Hunting!

One thought on “Two “New” Vintage Mac Software Repositories

  1. I run Mac GUI Vault. Thanks for mentioning it here. With so many thousands of files, I really have to rely on automation to make the database more usable beyond just a simple filename and the categories. I also have some volunteers who contribute more detailed information and screenshots.

    I will try to work on your suggestion for adding an entry for machine architecture: PPC/68k or Fat Binary. That is something that I should be able to automate. Another project I have in mind is to extract the icons from the programs and show those too. I have a lot on my to-do list! 🙂

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