run mac os x on your xbox

mac os on xbox

if you ever wanted to do a really really weird hack, here’s one of the oddest ones. the good news is, you don’t need to crack up your xbox to do this, it’s all software, the end result is an xbox running apple’s mac os x.

this step by step shows softmodding the xbox, getting the software, disk images, configuration and the install.


  1. Tony says:

    I admit not to have read the article as yet so forgive me if this is already covered.
    Would it be possible to run itunes on this modded xbox? (maxbox?) also would there be any way of using the maxbox as some kind of media centre … maybe for recording TV?

    Just a thought.

  2. Sly says:

    you might add usb to it, trough the pso usb thing, or make your own usb controller cable, the thing is plugging an eye tv, i think, dont quote me cuz i aint sure, but im gonna try anyway

  3. Nematoadjr says:

    I prefer osXbox

    there is no comment on if OSX runs well on an xbox

  4. Tom says:

    While you may be able to do this, it’s not very useable, the JIT version of pear PC runs at 1/15th the CPU speed and the version running of the x-box is not even the jit version so it’s even slower. So even if you did get the JIT version running, you only have a 47MHZ PPC running on the x-box.

  5. Nils says:

    It’s really mostly a nice demonstration what emulation is good for, and how much you can do with it. There’s no practical use for this whatsoever I wager. :)

  6. Mike says:

    While this certainly raits high on the novel/geek factor, it’s likely not that useful. As stated, you’re severely limitted with your I/O connectors and the hardware limitations.

    What would be considerably more useful would be linux on the XBox if you could successfully configure a GUI. Note that “considerably more useful” is being used lightly since one should be able to buy a cheap computer if they can afford an XBox and it’ll be 100 times more useful *as a computer* than an XBox is. :)

  7. russdogg says:

    I wonder if theres a way to do the oppoosite, that is make a g5 tower into an xbox? You’d be able to take advantage of a 64-bit dual processor system… I have no clue how it’d be done, just think it’d be cool.

  8. gonffen says:

    That’s so cool. Just the idea of running os x on an xbox is cool. Then again, like many of them said it doesn’t serve much of a real purpose.

  9. Gregs says:

    Is the link to this page dead? I can’t seem to get to it.

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  11. Alex mejia says:

    well, regarding the commment on Xbox on the Mac, the company is trying to use the Double G5 processors for the Xbox 2, courtesy of Gameinformer mag

  12. Ghost says:

    could you get the internet on the xbox if you did this. i use a router so i would get the wireless and attach it to my xbox. it would be cool (god i sound liek a geek) just to beable to get this to work…

  13. ev1lg00dguy says:

    The most useful hack for an xbox is Xbox Media Center. Visualizations, playlist shufling, all sorts of movie codecs. All the fun stuff you want in a media player, supposedly it can amplify sound so it should be able to directly output to a speaker as well.

    About the usb idea, the xbox controllers run basically on a usb connection, thus making your own, or even buying a isb adapter is very easy.
    About the internet, you you can. I get rss feeds from and from sesnt to my xbox, and I also get the local weather. I have been on IRC and downloaded some stuff directly to my xbox as well. Though I must say, get a compatable usb keyboard if you plan to do so. On screen keyboards suck.

  14. David says:

    I have been trying to get into the modding/hacking craze for a long time but I have been secluded from information until recently. Since I was young(er) I’ve wanted to mod and hack, not computers, but consoles. I am an avid gamer and have been taking stuff apart for a long time, just to see how it works (I have a hefty collection of busted consoles and controllers now). Anyway, as you probably guessed, I want to get into modding but I want something easy to start with so that I can progress. Does anyone know an easy Xbox mod or were I could start looking?

  15. broKeNbot says:
  16. demonic-one says:

    Run linux on your xbox! Can surf the net, play all sorts of media, run open office and everything else. Just burn the CD and boot! works with mod chips too! I’ve played around with this and it works good. i got the info from

  17. gary says:

    I have an Imac with a superdrive (DVD burner), how can I get the xbox media center onto my chipped xbox, and how can I back-up my games, lastly how can I get my GBA roms (wich are on my mac HD) on to the xbox.

  18. garret walker says:

    if i run linux of mac on my x-box will it work? i hear that theres a patch for it and if you use x-box live it wont work is that true or will this work?

  19. Sammy says:

    does the xecuter 2.6 allow you to play back up games on your x box and does it allow you to run mac or linux on your xobx tks

  20. Sammy says:

    does the xecuter 2.6 allow you to play back up games on your x box and does it allow you to run mac or linux on your xobx tks

  21. Louis says:

    i was wondering if you can instal osx on any pc?

  22. foogy says:

    no you cant install osx on any pc, pc’s run on x86 processors and osx runs on a ppc.

  23. pepsiflame says:

    How fast will it be and what features will it have?

  24. matrix says:

    how can hacked x25 in router
    or how can hacking password router

  25. frankie says:

    my friend istalled linux on my x-box but he did defoult it so now it crashes what could i do?

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