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

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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?

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

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.