Testing Valve Games on Intel Macs

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This page is intended as a local focal point for efforts concerning the running of Valve games on Intel-based Apple Macintoshes.

Since modern Macs essentially consist of high-powered laptop PC hardware with legacy systems such as the BIOS removed, there is no real technical hindrance to running exclusively PC software such as Half-Life 2.

Note.png Note: As of 2006-04-05, the OnMac.net efforts are made irrelevant thanks to Apple's Boot Camp system for installing Windows XP on an Intel Mac - one which includes full hardware drivers for all available platforms! Older information continues. Please, for this article, specify whether or not you are using OnMac's method, or Apple's Boot Camp.

Links to pirated software are not permitted; it is assumed that anyone wishing to run Windows in this manner will have a suitable Windows license for the purpose.

Apple's Boot Camp

This officially developed solution is likely to be the best for running Windows XP and thus Valve games, since it comes with a full set of Windows drivers for Intel-based Mac hardware. Compatibility reports will follow as soon as information becomes available.

Mac Mini

Not Tested

iMac, 17"

Works good

  • Gingerlord has verified that source runs good using Boot camp on the iMac 17" with 1GB of RAM--RP 12:13, 12 May 2006 (PDT)

iMac, 20"

Not Tested

MacBook Pro

Works Great

  • VDC's Cargo Cult has verified that Source runs great using Boot Camp on the MacBook Pro. --Steamfraiser 07:22, 6 Apr 2006 (PDT)
  • Half-Life seems to work fine too - just played through Someplace Else in widescreen. Hammer works very nicely, and the map compilation tools most definitely take advantage of the dual core processor. It's fast. —Cargo Cult (info, talk) 11:13, 6 Apr 2006 (PDT)
    • Stats: 1.83Ghz MacBook Pro, 1GB RAM, 128MB ATI Radeon x1600 Mobility, 80GB HDD.


This unoffically developed method of modifying Windows XP for booting on Intel-based Macs is problematic, since it depends on modified drivers for full hardware support. A table of Valve games confirmed as working follows:

Confirmed Working
# Console Engine Quality
1. Mac Mini Source Good
GoldSrc Great
2. MacBook Pro Source Poor
3. 17" iMac Source Good
Unconfirmed, or Doesn't Work
1. 20" iMac


Microsoft DirectX 9.0c is now successfully running on intel macs.

Mac Mini


  • Half-Life 2 is now very playable on the mac mini, especially considering the integrated graphics.
    • Autosaving does not work. Needs to be disabled using sv_autosave 0
  • Half-Life runs very well using both D3D and OpenGL modes.
  • Video of Mac Mini running Half-Life 2 Here and Here

17" iMac

Working Good

  • With settings set to high the game runs at a good 30-50fps in most places

20" iMac

Not yet working, or not yet tested.

MacBook Pro

Not Working Well

There is no software mode in Source... --TomEdwards 10:27, 12 May 2006 (PDT)