How To Install macOS Sierra on a Ryzen PC (Virtual Machine / VMWare)

This guide will show you the steps to install Sierra on a AMD Ryzen PC using a VMWare Virtual Machine. I’m making this guide for those who don’t have access to a Mac and need macOS to either try out for a bit or create a macOS boot loader installer for a AMD hackintosh build. There is another VMWare Sierra guide on this site, but  with AMD system a modified VMWare image is required to even be able to boot macOS so this AMD VMWare guide has to be used instead.

Why not a High Sierra VM?

So getting High Sierra running as a virtual machine in Windows or Linux is actually pretty difficult with a Ryzen PC. Some will manage to get it working, butt not for others with there being all sorts of errors that can potentially popup on the screen. I actually spent half a day trying to get High Sierra working on VMWare player and wasn’t able to do it, so I had to resort to using Sierra, which I posted the steps for here. You can still use a Sierra VM to download High Sierra and create a High Sierra boot loader if you are trying to create a hackintosh.

AMD Ryzen Sierra VMWare Guide

Understand that even after you get macOS running, virtual performance with macOS  is going to bad. There wont be able acceleration and on AMD machines it runs pretty pretty laggy, which is why it’s best to make a hackintosh if you want a smooth experience

Step 1: Torrent Sierra AMD VMWare Image

Credit goes to Shamme for providing the hackintosh community with this modified VMWare image.  Any torrenting program is needed in order to download the VMWare image. My favorite torrent program is QBitTorrent.

  1. Download QBitTorrent
  2. Install QBitTorrent
  3. Download SierraAMD_VM.zip.torrent.zip
  4. Unzip SierraAMD_VM.zip.torrent
  5. Double-click or Open SierraAMD_VM.zip.torrent and initiate the torrent download

Step 2: Install VMWare Player

  1. Download VMWare Player
  2. Install VMWare Player

Step 3: Modify VMware VMX file for Sierra

  1. Open VMWare Player
  2. Click Create a New Virtual Machine
  3. Click I will install the operating system later and click Next
  4. Select Other under Guest Operating System
  5. Select Other 64-bit under version and click Next
  6. Change the default name if you want and click Next
  7. Select Store virtual disk as a single file
  8. Click Finish
  9. Highlight Memory column and change memory to atleast 2GB+ or 2048
  10. Highlight CD/DVD (IDE) and uncheck Connect at power on
  11. Click on Hard Disk (IDE)
  12. Click Remove at the bottom
  13. Click Add…
  14. Select Hard Disk and click Next
  15. Select SCSI and click Next
  16. Select Use an existing virtual disk and click Next
  17. Find whever you unzipped SierraAMD_VM from the download in Step 1
  18. Open SierraAMD_VM and double click macOS HD or click Open
  19. Click Finish
  20. Click Keep Existing Format
  21. Click OK
  22. Click Play virtual machine
  23. Press Enter
  24. Press Enter
  25. Virtual machine with macOS will now slowly boot..

Related:

Now that you have your virtual machine setup you are ready for the real deal if your goal is to make a working hackintosh. With an actual hackintosh you wont have any the of the performance drawbacks as a Virtual machine such as the lag or lack of video acceleration.

Fresh installing macOS High Sierra on AMD Ryzen Hackintosh Guide (10.13)

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Rafael
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Rafael

broken link :/

Marcial
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Marcial

Same

MaxPresi
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MaxPresi

Link with image torrent from AMD-OSX website
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AkPVamrVYLUPj5hG-RwFXLfJoFnrKg

Michael S Carter
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Michael S Carter

I just tried to download the Sierra amd vmwarte image off the mega site and they are saying is no longer available there for the downloading…

Michael Carter
Atlanta, Ga

Shafiq
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Shafiq

My USB pen drive isn’t detected by Sierra. USB keyboard and mouse is woking. How to fix this?

NKH
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NKH

You’ll have to change USB interface from 2.0 to 1.x, it worked for me

Leon Keese
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Leon Keese

I love you i tried so many differnt methods and finally this worked <3

Maksim
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Maksim

I go slightly another way and install the Vmware Workstation and do not install the Vmware Player as said. As fact I got fail. This image just reloading when take a bite of an apple appears. I recommend follow this article and you get successful result. Thx author.

Mauro
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Mauro

Thanks! Works perfect on my Ryzen 2600.

Mike
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Mike

Hello, thanks for sharing.
When I try to open the macOS HD.vmdk it says “macOS HD.vmdk” cannot be opened directly. Open the virtual machine configuration file (.vmx) instead. But that file isn’t in the zip??
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

Mike
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Mike

Not to worry! I was being a bit dense! Got it sorted now!

Shaneee
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Shaneee

Would have been nice if you’d gotten my name right or at least asked for info/permission…

oof
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oof

LMAOOOOOO

Madalin Vlad
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Madalin Vlad

Lmao, such a shamme

Robinson
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Robinson

Everything works! Working with all Ryzen processors. Just download SierraAMD_VM and use on Wmware – follow Hackintosher instructions.

Daniel
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Daniel

I’m wondering: would this work for a pretty standard usage? You see: My mom can’t use Windows; for some reason she just cant… But she handles Mac OS X pretty well… So… Is this an option for her? Beyond recording a few audios, using the webcam occasionally, most of her work is document-related and web surfing.

Mickey
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Mickey

Confirmed works on AMD APU A10.
Alhough most icons are garbled, idk because low graphics memory or compatibility w integrated Radeon GPU.

Redwan
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Redwan

Thanks! it works
But how do I make it fullscreen?
It don’t see vmware tool in the desktop

Redwan
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Redwan

Found it, just changed the CD type from IDE to SATA
Thanks.

hiep
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hiep

shit. I try alot to find this., you save my life. finnaly my AMD PC work with MacOS correctly

javier
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javier

Hi, I´m been trying to install this VM, it works, but I don´t have de fullscreen view when the installation it finished. How I can change de CD type from IDE to SATA? I´m try to remove and add new CD/DVD, but only can select IDE. Thanks.

Lucas
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Lucas

This host does not support AMD-V.

This host does not support “AMD RVI” hardware assisted MMU virtualization.

Module ‘CPUIDEarly’ power on failed.

Has anyone encountered this? Help me out

I’ve got AMD Ryzen 1600x

Madalin Vlad
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Madalin Vlad

Enable CPU virtualization in bios.

donovan duineveld
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donovan duineveld

It keeps reloading to the point we need to hit enter twice.

Everything on the 2nd screen says “Disabled”?

Matt
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Matt

Works fine on my Ryzen. But where to get VMWare tools?

Daniel Sáez
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Daniel Sáez

Thanks for this, work in amd A6 apu laptop 😀

Tom
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Tom

“Still waiting for root device” is this normal, is this supposed to happen

gogo
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gogo

same here. Which VM Version works?

luca
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luca

how did you solve this problem?

Paz
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Paz

Thanks for the great tut!
I can boot up the image and configure it but the mouse keeps jumping in the corners so it is nearly impossible to use it. I tryed to install the vmware tools but he wont’t find the CD/ROM. Can anyone please help me with this?

Dian
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Dian

Bro, It works well, but it really takes up a lot of memory.(11/16GB when fresh boot up). Can anyone help me?

timmi
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timmi

tools?

Nicolas
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Nicolas

It worked for me, thanks!

Ryan
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Ryan

Seems to not work on VMWare 15.x

jack
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jack

hi it works perfectly apart from bad icons but I cannot seem to be able to update the os nt upgrade just update the last time I did that it just gave me kernel panic

Max
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Max

I confirm it works fine on AMD fx-8350.

Jack Doyle
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Jack Doyle

hi there got it working perfectly on my and a12 laptop with r7 and r8 gnu but I am wondering how can I change the automatic boot flags so I can change the resoloution and just have it boot with the apple logo but it works fine and thanks I have lottery been trying to do this for months now and this it the only guide that I have found to of worked but anyway I do have issues whereat of the icons on the os are missing glitched I was wondering how can I fix this thanks

Chuck
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Chuck

I had Max OSX Snow Leopard as a VM a couple of years ago but have since lost it. I seem to remember having to manually enter 1920x1080x32 at the initial boot screen. I think. THAT gave me a full screen guest OS.

Sammy
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Sammy

Unfortunately, wile the machine fully boots up, you can not log in with your apple ID. There is a server error. I suppose this is because the serial number of this machine is already registered or blocked by apple. Because you can’t use you apple ID, things like iMessage won’t work. IF there is a workaround for this, will some one please post detailed instructions. Thanks.

sulaiman
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sulaiman

internet not work

guest
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guest

VMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0)

vcpu-0:VERIFY vmcore/vmm/main/physMem_monitor.c:1279

A log file is available in “F:\Virtual Machines\OS X Sierra\vmware.log”.

Mateus Castro
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Mateus Castro

It worked. I struggled hard to find. Thank you very much
Ryzen 7 1700

sathya
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sathya

It will work on amd athlon 200 ge

Eman Caindec
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Eman Caindec

Why the audio is not working??? But otherwise, it works successfully!

Bellok
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Bellok

VM Ware free link is broken.

Dylan O\'Connor
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Dylan O\'Connor

How do I fix the error that says:
Kext com.vmware.kext.vmhgfs not found for unload request.

TheSilverbackGrizzly
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TheSilverbackGrizzly

Looks like a cheap way to get to know a Mac. I’m all for it! Thanks, Shaneee!!

TheSilverbackGrizzly
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TheSilverbackGrizzly

Confirmed works on Threadripper 2 2920X! So stoked to try this out. Thanks again, Shaneee!!

cbd
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cbd

Hmm… Can’t get resolution higher than 1024×768?

Ian
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Ian

I don’t have any sound within the virtual machine even after installing vmtools

Vladimir
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Vladimir

Conclusion:
YES it WORKED Finally !!! Thank you very much Mr. Hackintosher!

But cant’t be updated to latest MacOS version 10.14 or later, i think this is because the device is recognized as Mac Pro (Early 2008). My idea was to be able to install Xcode 10.2 and work on it just like i do on my MacBook Pro (Late 2013) or even better than that with such processor like Ryzen.

Other unsuccessful attempts at:
https://www.reddit.com/r/hackintosh/comments/a9twye/mac_os_1014_mojave_vmware_15_diy_guide_no_3rd/ This guide brought me to the Loading Apple logo and the message: “The cpu has been disabled by the guest operating system. power off or reset the virtual machine.”
and then machine freezes.

My system :
Ryzen 7 2700x
2×8 3000 MHz Ram Vengance LPX
GeForce 1070Ti
ADATA NVMe SSD

Casper S.
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Casper S.

Hello there, I have a Ryzen 5 1500x and running Windows 10 and Vmware Workstation 15

I was unable to run the macOS vm.

It shows the following:

“A fault has occured causing a virtual CPU to enter the shutdown state. If this fault had occured outside of a virtual machine, it would have caused the physical machine to restart. The shutdown state can be reached by incorrectly configuring the virtual machine, a bug in the guest operating system, or a problem in VMware Workstation.”

Ryan
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Ryan

Got the same error.

Ryzen 2700x and running Windows 10 Enterprise and VMWare Workstation 15 Pro

Ryan
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Ryan

Okay, I Figured out how to fix this.

Get the latest version of Unlocker for VMWare
https://github.com/DrDonk/unlocker

Delete the VM and files you created and start over.

You may need to add the following to your VMX file
smc.version = “0”

nankura
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nankura

omg thankyou

i had been trying FOREVER to get mac working in vm player, but using your guide, i followed it to the letter, and bam it boots

detected my Ryzen 2600 without any issues at all, amazing!

Now to figure out how to get it onto an actual install, i have a 2600 with GTX 1660 Ti nvidia gpu, blegh

brown
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brown

Thankkkssss perfect information on how to exactly install really appreciate it

POCTEXHAD3OP
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POCTEXHAD3OP

it is working!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keyed
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keyed

Unfortunately nobody is seeding the virtual machine torrent file. So impossible to download at the moment unless somebody starts seeding again.