Apple Donates MacPaint Code To Computer History Museum

In a striking move of almost unparalleled generosity, Apple has donated the source code for its MacPaint application to the Computer History Museum.

The MacPaint application that debuted in 1984 and shipped for free with the first Mac computer is now open for all to see.

MacPaint, stunningly advanced and powerful in its time is now entirely defunct, most likely not having been used for at least 20 years by anyone other than true lifelong nerds.

The code, spanning just over 17,000 lines of code in 36 files was written in assembler language for the 68000 processor, which is currently only used in the OLPC laptop.

While the world recovers from the shock of the generosity of Apple giving away the code from a defunct program, it’s at least pretty cool that we get a sneak peek behind the curtain, even though the curtain is 36 years old.

By tobyleftly

Toby is a Mac nerd, a hardware nerd and a web nerd, rolled into one. You can find him at or on Twitter.

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