28th January 2022 | Apple News, Rounds Ups
Find out what version of macOS your Mac can run with our macOS compatibility checker & which version of macOS is best for your Mac
Wondering which versions of macOS or Mac OS X your Mac can run? Our macOS compatibility checker will show you what Macs the different versions of macOS and Mac OS X support so you can tell what macOS you should be running on your Mac.
What mac operating systems can my Mac run?
Apple releases a new version of the Mac operating system almost every year, but it won't support every Mac. Each year more and more Macs fall by the wayside, unable to be updated to take advantage of the latest features. Read on to find out which Macs are supported by each version of the Mac Operating System.
Officially, the operating system that was available on that Mac at the time that you bought it is the oldest version of macOS that can run on that Mac. It's likely that an older OS won't include the necessary drivers for the hardware on your newer Mac. For this reason it is unlikely that you will be able to install an older version of macOS on a new Mac - but you can take a look at How to install old versions of macOS or OS X for guidance on what is possible. Nor will you be able to run older versions of macOS on M1 Macs.
Note: In each case the year referenced below is the year that Mac was introduced - you could for example have bought a 2016 MacBook in early 2017, but it's still the 2016 MacBook. This is important to keep in mind if you are looking to run an older version of macOS on a Mac. Macs are generally incompatible with versions of macOS that are older than the one it shipped with.
macOS Monterey was unveiled at WWDC 2021 on 7 June. If your Mac is compatible it will be available to download from Monday 25 October 2021.
Apple has revealed that the following Macs are compatible with macOS Monterey:
Big Sur compatibility
Big Sur was the version of macOS that arrived on some Macs in November 2020.
Here's a list of the Macs that can run macOS Big Sur:
Catalina arrived in October 2019 and can run on the following Macs:
Mojave arrived in September 2018 and can run on the following Macs:
High Sierra compatibility
High Sierra arrived in September 2017 and can run on the following Macs:
Sierra arrived in September 2016 and can run on the following Macs:
El Capitan compatibility
El Capitan arrived in September 2015 and can run on the following Macs:
Yosemite arrived in October 2014 and can run on the following Macs:
Mavericks arrived in October 2013 and can run on the following Macs:
Mountain Lion compatibility
Mountain Lion, the last of the 'cat' versions of macOS launched in July 2012 and can run on the following Macs: