How to make a macOS 10.14 Mojave flash drive installer

This guide will walk you through creating a bootable flash drive installer for macOS Mojave which is started by first formatting the a USB flash drive and transferring the Mojave Installer over and then creating the boot partition necessary to run the Mojave Installer on a hackintosh on a non-Mac PC.

Prerequisites:

  1. Downloaded Mojave and verify it’s in the /Applications folder
  2. 8GB+ Flash Drive

Part 1: Transferring Mojave Installer to USB

To get a working Mojave installer onto a USB flash drive it must first be formatted into a scheme that allows for an EFI Partition. Afterwards the the Mojave Installer is ready to be placed on the USB drive using is  Terminal.

Step 1: Formatting the USB Drive

In order to transfer the Mojave installer the USB flash drive must first be formatted into a usable scheme that allows for an EFI Partition.

  1. Insert Flash Drive
  2. Open Disk Utility
  3. Select the Flash Drive on the left column
  4. Click Erase
  5. Set the following settings:
    • Name: Hackintosher
    • Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    • Scheme: GUID Partition Map
  6. Click Erase
  7. Click Done upon finish

Step 2: Transferring the Mojave Installer

  1. Open Terminal through spotlight or launchpad
  2. Paste the following into Terminal entering your password if prompted:
    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave\ Beta.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Hackintosher --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave\ Beta.app --nointeraction
  3. Do not close Terminal, the installer will transfer over slowly and can take awhile especially if you are using USB 2 bus speeds

Part 2: Configuring EFI Partition for a Mojave Hackintosh

If this flash drive is being made for a hackintosh there is a second part required where we must configure the boot partition of the flash drive to boot off non-mac devices. The boot partition is also called the EFI Partition and within the hidden EFI partition is a folder called EFI. The EFI folder contains the boot configuration files. To access the EFI partition it must be mounted.

Mount EFI Partition

With the EFI partition mounted you now have two options. You can either make your own EFI folder or you can save time and a potential headache by using the preconfigured EFI on this site. If this is your first time I recommend going with the preconfigured EFI folder.

  1. Download Clover Configurator
  2. Open Clover Configurator
  3. Select Mount EFI under TOOLS
  4. Click Mount Partition for Install macOS….
  5. Click Open Partition (This is where the EFI Folder will go)

Option 1. Generate your own Mojave EFI Folder

To generate your own EFI folder for Mojave you need to download Clover EFI Bootloader, install it onto the flash drive with the proper selections and then add addition kext files to be able to boot the installer successfully.

Step 1. Install Clover EFI Bootloader

To generate a working EFI folder we must first configure Clover EFI Bootloader with the proper settings for macOS.

  1. Download Clover EFI Bootloader
  2. Follow the Clover EFI Install Guide

Step 2. Add Boot Kexts for Mojave

For the installer to work there are a number of .kext files you should add and a port limit patch that is necessary to use USB 3 flash drives for those without an SSDT for USB.

xThere are a number of recomended kexts that will help you boot the macOS installer for Mojave.

  1. Complete USB port Limit Patch for Mojave
  2. Add/Update Kexts for Mojave

Option 2. Use preconfigured Mojave EFI folder

Now we are going add the hackintosh EFI folder to the partition  you mounted:

  1. Delete the folder called EFI  in the partition you mounted
  2. Download Hackintosher-Mojave-10.14-EFI.zip
  3. Unzip Hackintosher-Mojave-10.14-EFI.zip
  4. Copy the unzipped EFI folder
  5. Paste the EFI folder into your mounted EFI partition or /Volumes/EFI

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Ryan
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Ryan

–applicationpath deprecated please remove it from your invocation

Mojadded Hasan
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Mojadded Hasan

Hello Admin , Please Make a Tutorial to full guide about ” How to setup macOS 10.14 Mohave jHackintoh on any PC or Laptop” include Essential Software to Run or Install to setup OS. Thank You.

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NAVEED AHMAD

Dear Hackintosher

I successful installed Mojave on my Z370m-D3h (i5-8400) and my 7th Gen Acer Aspire Laptop with SMBios MBPro 14.3 Using your EFI Folder. only Include my Pc and Laptop DSDT and after Install SSDTPRGEN + Laptop ACPIBATTERY kext and also add voodoops2controller kext. Every Things fully worked THANKS Dear Hackintosher.

Orjan
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Orjan

The link for( Clover EFI Install Guide) is broken.

Milan
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Milan

Worked perfectly for a Gigabyte Z370N WiFi motherboard and i7-8700K using internal graphics for now. Tried the Clover installation guides of the other popular sites and my Hackintosh continued to fail at boot until I used your pre-configured EFI. Even got the Mac running with an APFS formatted SSD from the start without encryption. The Broadcom guide for WiFi using a BCM94352Z replacement card worked like a charm as well! Just waiting for Nvidia to launch official web drivers for Mojave 10.14. Any chance to get a Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti running smoothly at the moment using the High Sierra drivers or is it better to wait? Will you provide a detailed guide once they’re out? Thanks so much!

Fernando Tavares
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Fernando Tavares

I’m receiving a black screen with cursor. Any ideas how to fix it? I have a z270x gaming 5 HD630 Intel Core i5-7600k.

NaveeD AhmaD
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NaveeD AhmaD

Dear Hackintosher

I successful installed Mojave on my Z370m-D3h (i5-8400) and my 7th Gen Acer Aspire Laptop with SMBios MBPro 14.3 Using your EFI Folder. only Include my Pc and Laptop DSDT and after Install SSDTPRGEN + Laptop ACPIBATTERY kext and also add voodoops2controller kext. Every Things fully worked THANKS Dear Hackintosher.