BasiliskII - Man Page

a 68k Macintosh emulator


BasiliskII [--display display-name] [--break offset] [--rominfo]


Basilisk II

is an Open Source 68k Macintosh emulator. That is, it enables you to run 68k MacOS software on you computer, even if you are using a different operating system. However, you still need a copy of MacOS and a Macintosh ROM image to use Basilisk II.

Basilisk II :

- Emulates either a Mac Classic (which runs MacOS 0.x thru 7.5) or a Mac II series machine (which runs MacOS 7.x, 8.0 and 8.1), depending on the ROM being used

- Color video display

- CD quality sound output

- Floppy disk driver (only 1.44MB disks supported)

- Driver for HFS partitions and hardfiles

- CD-ROM driver with basic audio functions

- Easy file exchange with the host OS via a "Host Directory Tree" icon on the Mac desktop

- Ethernet driver

- Serial drivers

- SCSI Manager (old-style) emulation

- Emulates extended ADB keyboard and 3-button mouse

- Uses UAE 68k emulation or (under AmigaOS and NetBSD/m68k) real 68k processor


--display display-name

specifies the display to use; see X(1)

--break offset

specifies a ROM offset where a breakpoint will be placed (for debugging)


causes Basilisk II to print some information about the ROM being used on startup (for debugging)


shows a complete list of options



X server keycodes definitions.


Framebuffer device specifications.


User-specific configuration file.


Contents of Mac non-volatile RAM.


Several. See the included "TODO" file.

See Also (Basilisk II homepage)


Christian Bauer <>


January, 2002