POWER on FreeBSD has been supported for quite some time. Support for Apple, Freescale, and Sony hardware is considered mature. Support for IBM, Raptor, and Tyan hardware is stable but being actively worked on.

The official project page at http://www.freebsd.org/platforms/ppc.html is known to be stale as of 20190705.

/!\ if you're adding relevant information here, please poke someone to update its source document at ppc.xml.

Supported Configurations

Supported Hardware

Listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer.

Supported Virtual Instances

Getting started


See powerpc/ports for the overview of ports built via gcc (the default).


X11 on Power8/Power9 is believed to be stable now.

xorg should work on all supported Apple hardware. Console restore after leaving X11 may or may not work, depending on your graphics hardware.

Early on, Peter Grehan tested X11 on:

On ATI Radeon-based machines there are still some problems:

On Blackbird and Talos II with onboard graphics card, the colors will be wrong when using PowerPC64 (big-endian). To fix this, do the following:


uaudio(4) works. snd_ai2s(4) and snd_davbus(4) support built-in audio on various Mac models.

See Also

powerpc (last edited 2021-12-10T15:04:22+0000 by AlfredoDalAva)