This article is from the Introductory Macintosh FAQ, by Elliotte Rusty Harold firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The two major North American Internet archives of shareware,
freeware, and demo software are Info-Mac at sumex-aim.stanford.edu
[22.214.171.124], and mac.archive at mac.archive.umich.edu
[126.96.36.199] Unless otherwise noted shareware and freeware
mentioned in this document should be available at the above sites.
Unfortunately these sites are extremely busy and allow very few
connections. Thus you should try to connect to a mirror site
In the United States Info-Mac's files are available from
grind.isca.uiowa.edu [188.8.131.52] in the directory mac/infomac or
mirrors.aol.com [184.108.40.206] in pub/mac. mac.archive files are
available from mirror.archive.umich.edu and mirrors.aol.com.
Scandinavians should try connecting to ftp.funet.fi (220.127.116.11)
or ftp.lth.se [18.104.22.168] first. In the U.K. look to
src.doc.ic.ac.uk [22.214.171.124]. Continental Europeans can try
nic.switch.ch [126.96.36.199], ezinfo.ethz.ch [188.8.131.52], and
anl.anl.fr [184.108.40.206]. In Australia check out archie.au
[220.127.116.11]. Japanese users will find sumex mirrored at
ftp.center.osaka-u.ac.jp [18.104.22.168] in info-mac. In Israel try
ftp.technion.ac.il [22.214.171.124] in the directory
pub/unsupported/mac. In Taiwan nctuccca.edu.tw [126.96.36.199 or
188.8.131.52] mirrors both sumex and mac.archive.
A more complete and current list of mirrors is available at
Two other very useful sites are ftp.info.apple.com [184.108.40.206]
and ftp.support.apple.com [220.127.116.11]. The latter is mirrored at
These are Apple's official repositories for system software,
developer tools, source code, technical notes, and other things
that come more or less straight from Apple's mouth. Some material
at this site may not be distributed outside the U.S. or by other
sites that don't have an official license to distribute Apple
system software. Please read the various README documents
available at these sites for the detailed info if you're
connecting from outside the U.S. or if you wish to redistribute
material you find here.
All software mentioned in these FAQ lists which may be freely
posted is available for anonymous ftp from ftp.macfaq.com in the
directory /pub/, i.e.
Ftp.macfaq.com is NOT a general archive site like info-mac or
mac.archive and does not endeavor to store every piece of shareware
in the Macintosh universe. However it should have most software
mentioned here, and should be easily accessible.
Finally if you have one flavor or another of Gopher available,
Apple maintains an astoundingly useful gopher server at
This site contains gobs of PR, technical specs for Apple products,
and pointers to sumex and mac.archive. It's often much easier to
browse mac.archive and sumex through gopher rather than directly
by ftp. Much of this is also available on the World Wide Web at