I know that you cannot run MacOSX within a virtual machine, but I am curious if there is something similar to WINE that emulates MacOSX enough to allow running some MacOSX software under Windows. Maybe even through application virtualization?

Update: The site AlternativeTo.net has a lot of suggestions of alternative applications on different platforms.


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    Is there a specific OS X application you want on Windows?
    – dbr
    Jul 25, 2009 at 11:56
  • A few applications, specifically iWork. Jul 18, 2011 at 18:11
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    Well, it's not impossible to run OS X on a virtual machine, or even run it full time on your PC (see the OSx86 Project), but from experience I can tell you it's not very easy at all. Jul 18, 2011 at 19:17

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In short, no.

There is a project to run Mac binaries on Windows, but when I found it, about a year ago, it was a long way from reliably running simple Mach-O binaries, let alone emulating all the frameworks most GUI applications require (Cocoa, CoreImage and the likes).. I don't recall the name of the project, and it didn't seem very active at the time

There is Cocotron, "an open source project which aims to implement a cross-platform Objective-C API similar to that described by Apple Inc.'s Cocoa documentation" - but I don't think this is what you're after..

Again, no, there is nothing like WINE for running Mac software on Windows, and really I doubt there ever will be.

The closest you'll likely get is software being ported (via recompilation, which will involve a lot of modification to the source code), and as John T says, there's plenty of equivalent software which will be far better integrated with Windows..


To date there really is no application which does this well, although I'm sure there have been a lot of attempts. Your best bet is to find alternative software. Most software nowadays has a counterpart which does pretty much the same thing on a different operating system.

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    I love downvotes without comments. If you're going to say my answer is wrong, prove it, i'd love to see OSX apps run on win32.
    – John T
    Jul 26, 2009 at 13:35
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    John T, look at your answer (which mysteriously got 5 points) compared to the best answer, which is far more interesting and informative than yours. Though we do not expect questioners to know how to ask open-ended questions, we do upvote answerers who know how to inform on-topic. Though with 39K points, does it make a difference? Jan 19, 2010 at 0:31

There's PearPC, which operates and acts as a virtual machine of sorts. This will allow you to install OS X in it's own environment and then run that from inside windows. I believe it's all about powerPC emulation so you may be limited to older versions of OS X... like Tiger and earlier. PearPC

Then there's the OSX86 (Hackintosh) route. This is where you grab one of the OSX installation disk images online which have been modified to install on intel & amd PC's. This is the route I chose. I'm running a Dell Vostro 1500 notebook with dual boot installations of OSX Snow Leopard & Windows 7 Ultimate. I love it and would actually consider OSX to be my main OS on this system. InsanelyMac


VMware Fusion is the only system I find it working. But, you cannot run just the application on the windows machine, like the Crossover does on the Mac, you have to run it in a virtual environment—which turn out to be less than convenient. If you want to totally rely on mac applications, turning your pc to Hackintosh, as suggested above, could be a choice. But, the process is often painful: once, I destroyed the boot sector of my pc trying to install a Hackintosh.

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