Software Requirements

MacPractice Third-Party Compatibility Lists


MacPractice 5.1 for El Capitan (10.11)
Clients Server/Client *
Minimum Recommended Minimum Recommended
Operating System El Capitan (10.11)
Processor i3, i5, i7, Xeon (64 bit architecture) i3, i5, i7, Xeon (64 bit architecture)
Memory † 4GB ** 8GB+ 6GB *** 8GB+ †
Hard Drive 64GB 64GB+ 64GB **** 1TB+ ****
Graphics Card AMD, Intel Iris, ATI, or NVIDIA graphics card is recommended for computers that use Imaging or Digital Radiography**

MacPractice 5.1
Clients Server/Client *
Minimum Recommended Minimum Recommended
Operating System Mavericks (10.9) or Yosemite (10.10)
Yosemite is required for the Perio Ability in MacPractice DDS
Processor i3, i5, i7, Xeon (64 bit architecture) i3, i5, i7, Xeon (64 bit architecture)
Memory † 4GB ** 8GB+ 6GB *** 8GB+ †
Hard Drive 64GB 64GB+ 64GB **** 1TB+ ****
Graphics Card NVIDIA or ATI graphics card is recommended for computers using Imaging or Digital Radiography**

Apps for iPad
Minimum Recommended
iEHR iPad 4, iPad Mini Retina iPad Air or newer, iPad Mini 3 or newer
Clipboard iPad 4, iPad Mini Retina iPad Air or newer, iPad Mini 3 or newer
Patient Check In iPad 2 or newer iPad 2 or newer

MacPractice 5.0
Clients Server/Client*
Minimum Recommended Minimum Recommended
Operating System Mavericks (10.9) or Yosemite (10.10)
Processor Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7, Xeon (64 bit architecture) i3, i5, i7, Xeon (64 bit architecture)
Memory † 4GB ** 8GB+ 6GB *** 8GB+ †
Hard Drive 64GB 64GB+ 64GB **** 1TB+ ****
Graphics Card NVIDIA or ATI graphics card is recommended for computers using Imaging or Digital Radiography**

MacPractice 4.4
Clients Server/Client*
Minimum Recommended Minimum Recommended
Operating System Mountain Lion (10.8) or Mavericks (10.9)
Processor Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7, Xeon (64 bit architecture)
Memory † 4GB ** 8GB+ 6GB *** 8GB+ †
Hard Drive 64GB 64GB+ 64GB **** 1TB+ ****
Graphics Card NVIDIA or ATI graphics card is recommended for computers using Imaging or Digital Radiography**

* Smaller offices with less than 25 clients may use the server computer as a client for data entry as well (nondedicated server). Additional memory is recommended on a computer that operates both as a server and a client.

† Rule of thumb that may be used to determine the optimum amount of RAM for a server: 1.5GB times the number of MacPractice simultaneous users (minimum of 6GB in any case) up to the maximum RAM capacity.

** 8GB is the minimum recommendation for computers using MacPractice Digital Radiography or MacPractice Imaging.

*** 25 or more simultaneous users of MacPractice requires a dedicated server. MacPractice is 64 bit and can address as much as 128GB of RAM.

**** 1.5GB times the number of MacPractice simultaneous users (minimum of 6GB in any case) up to the maximum RAM capacity.


MacPractice 4.3
Clients Server
Minimum Recommended Minimum Recommended
Operating System Mountain Lion (10.8) or Mac OS X Lion (10.7)
Processor Intel Core Duo or faster
(32 or 64 bit architecture)
Intel Core 2 Duo or faster
(64 bit architecture required)
Memory 4GB 4GB+ 4GB 6GB+
Hard Drive 25GB 25GB 100GB 300GB
Graphics Card A NVIDIA or ATI graphics card is recommended for workstations using Imaging or Digital Radiography

Internet Connection

An Internet connection (cable or DSL preferred) is required to:

  • Initially download MacPractice software
  • Download MacPractice software updates
  • Activate/Reactivate your MacPractice software license
  • Activate software abilities
  • Access MacPractice Help site from software

MacPractice Backups

MacPractice data is stored in a MySQL database which is not backed up by Time Machine. MacPractice recommends you make at least one backup daily on external volumes, one for each day of the week that business is conducted. A daily backup will help ensure you always have a good backup to revert to in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as equipment theft, fire, natural disasters or hard drive/hardware failure.