How-to Install macOS on a Hackintosh

Before you begin you will want to have:

  1. Created a Bootable macOS USB Installer
  2. Make your Bootable and Hackintosh Bootable

Files to Download:

NOTE: It’s recommended to place Clover Configurator on a separate USB drive so you can use it without an internet connection, which you may not have when you first boot into macOS.



STEP 1: Booting the Installer

  1. Turn the machine on with the USB installer in one of the usb ports
  2. Verify Installer… is Selected
  3. Press Enter

NOTE: If the USB drive isn’t set as the default boot volume change the temporary boot device when the boot screen appears the button that needs to be pressed to do this is usually F10, F11, or F12. When the temporary selection screen appears Select UEFI : (USB Device Name).

When you boot into the USB you will see this screen.

NOTE: The installer will load takes about 5-20 minutes. If the loading screen stops and stays that way for 10+ minutes that means that it can’t boot into the installer which is usally caused by the bootloader not being created properly and or the BIOS settings not set correctly. There may be some graphical glitches with the loading bar this is fine and expected to happen.

Note: Your screen may turn back as your installing macOS. This is caused from the display sleeping just press a key on your keyboard or move your mouse to wake your screen.

1. When the installer finally appears Press Continue

2. Select your language and Press Continue again.

    1. When the installer appears Press Continue
    2. Select Language
    3. Select Disk Utility
    4. Select the disk you will be installing macOS and erase it with the following settings:
      • Name: (It can be named anything you want)
      • Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
      • Scheme: GUID Partition Map
    5. Press Erase
    6. Close Disk Utility

  1. Select Install macOS
  2. Select the disk macOS will be installed on and proceed

STEP 2: Installer Part 2

After the installer is finished the computer will restart and we move on to the second part of the installer

  1. Repeat to the steps necessary to get back into the Clover EFI Bootloader that is if you had to select a temporary boot device do so again and select the USB drive.
  2. When Clover appears select the disk: Boot macOS Install from…instead of Install…

After the installation is completed the computer will restart once again repeat the steps to get back into the Clover USB Bootloader

  1. When Clover appears select Boot macOS from….
  2. After loading succesfully go through the setup process
  3. If setup asks about the network select “Computer does not connect to the internet”

When setup is complete you should have a bootable hackintosh.



STEP 3: Configuring the EFI Partition

This step must be completed to be able to boot the hackintosh without the USB Flash Drive plugged in. This part basically copies the contents of the EFI partition on the USB isntaller to the EFI paritition of the Hard Disk macOS is now installed on.

  1. Open Clover Configurator
  2. Mount the EFI of the Flash Drive
  3. Press Open EFI or navigate to the EFI location in finder
  4. Copy the EFI Folder onto your desktop
  5. Open Finder and Eject the Flash Drive
  6. Using Clover Configurator Mount the EFI of the Disk
  7. Press Open EFI or navigate to the EFI location in finder
  8. Paste the EFI over the existing EFI on the disk
  9. Select Replace when it prompta you with a menu saying that the folder EFI already exists

You will now be able to boot macOS without the USB Flash Drive

Recommendation: Delete the Folder called APPLE in your EFI Folder if it exists. This folder was created during the install and  may have been corrupted. Some people have reported it cause problems when trying to sleep your hackintosh. The folder will eventually be recreated, however you only need to delete it once after installing macOS

Fully Working Hackintosh

After macOS is running on your hackintosh there may be things that aren’t working such as audio, ethernet and wifi and graphics acceleration. If you followed one of our Build Guides return to that guide in order to get everything working. Otherwise check out the guides on how to get various things working.

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Robert Wood
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Robert Wood

I am following your guide for Z270M-D3H and I can see and format my Samsung 850 EVO SSD – and install Sierra, When it restarts there is no sign of the SSD, only the single “Install macOS Sierra” from the USB drive. Any way I can figure where to go from here? PS – Noob alert…

Matt
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Matt

Same Issue, I reset everything to see if I messed up but ended up with the same error.

Specs:
Pentium G4560
GTX 1050 ti
PNY 240gb ssd

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Lilo459
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Lilo459

Everything goes well until I reach the loading bar, just after finish loading it seems like the computer shuts down. The tower (if you know what I mean) stills on but the monitor doesn’t, its like if the PC was hibernating. Is that OK?

Gordon
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Gordon

Does anyone know why this is happening? It stops at “System Uptime in Nanoseconds:” and the reboots back to Clover.

Chi
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Chi

hi. first off, you’re the best. excellent guide.

my problem is when i’m at the installer/selection language/disk utility. my SSD i want to install on does not show up. the only things that show up are:

the flash drive (external sandisk) nested under that is “INSTALL MACOS SIERRA”

the next thing is Apple Disk Image. nested under the first one is OS X BASE SYSTEM
the next thing is Apple Disk Image, nested under is OS X Install ESD

attached is the screenshot.

http://prntscr.com/g7lt36

Chi
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Chi

i forgot to mention, i also have Windows 10 Running on another SSD on this computer.

Chi
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Chi

also forgot to mention my specs.

WD Blue 250SD
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz (PC4 19200) C14 Memory Kit – Black
MSI Gaming Intel B250 Mother Board
Intel Pentium G4600 3.6 LGA 1151
GeForce 1060 SC 6GB

Chi
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Chi

figured it out!!! the hard drive settings for all the HD was set to RAID OPTAIN, not AHCI.

kexter
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kexter

I Followed all instructions given–> rebooted –> kernel panic..lol.. anyone can help?
panic(cpu 2 caller 0xffffff800076a0b6): “Process 1 exec of /sbin/launchd failed, errno 2″@/Library/Caches
_exec.c:5031
(…) could insert screenshot if helpful!

kexter
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kexter

fixed it!

Sean
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Sean

How your fix it? I had the same error.

fiklok
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fiklok

Works fine for me, shutdown too 😉
Btw how can I boot this directly to OSX without having to press clover every time? In my previous build there was a three seconds countdown. How can I do the same?
Thanks

Matt
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Matt

I followed the guide but after the second install it just lets me “Boot OS X Install from Install MacOS High Sierra”

Also, my graphics are kinda screwed up on clover. (How do I make sure I downloaded the right version?)

Natan Shooman
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Natan Shooman
Hello I am having trouble getting the bios setting correct or there is a problem with my boot drive. My system parts are as follows just without the SSD or the m.2 drive currently installed https://pcpartpicker.com/list/xqkn3F (I’m Just trying to see if it will boot, not install to the SSD) Essentially I am having this problem: ” If the loading screen stops and stays that way for 10+ minutes that means that it can’t boot into the installer which is usually caused by the bootloader not being created properly and or the BIOS settings not set correctly. ” I am… Read more »
Larry B
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Larry B

I am having a issue where I get the beach ball while trying to load into the installer. I have checked the bios settings several times and still have the same issue. Any Suggestions?