Running a Hypercard stack on a modern Mac

Hypercard running in the SheepShaver emulator

Updated for macOS Catalina

A bunch of people have emailed me about getting Hypercard stacks running under emulation. Here is a pretty easy guide to running a Hypercard stack on a recent Mac (eg. running Mavericks, Mountain Lion, etc):

Place the Hypercard stack you want to access somewhere within your user folder: eg. Documents, or Desktop.

Download this zip file [95mb] containing the SheepShaver classic Mac emulator bundled with Mac OS 9 and Hypercard.

Extract and open hypercard.sheepvm. This should boot Mac OS 9.

On the Mac OS 9 desktop there should be a disk called "Unix". This is a virtual disk which actually lets you access files on your computer (eg. outside the emulator). Opening it is equivalent to opening your OS X /Users/ directory.

From there, navigate to your user folder (eg. your OS X username) and then to the folder you placed your Hypercard stack (in the first step).

Copy your Hypercard stack from the 'Unix' disk to somewhere on the OS 9 'Macintosh HD' disk.

Double-click the Hypercard stack in the location you placed it on the OS 9 'Macintosh HD' disk (or open it from within Hypercard).