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.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Hackintosher --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.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

kajedot
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kajedot

Here the same. And after removing it: “To use this tool, you must download the macOS installer application on a Mac with 10.12.5 or later, or El Capitan 10.11.6.”, even though it’s 10.12.6…
[edit1]: ok, I had to download it again after updating my macOS. now it’s 6GB, not 15MB.

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.

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BAMF Etienne

I can’t mount my instal drive with Clover 🙁 and with terminal it says it’s busy.

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BAMF Etienne

Fixed it :). I installed it on a other usb and not on a partition on my external hdd

Hamza Murad
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Hamza Murad

this worked for me

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Hackintosher –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app –nointeraction

be carfull that the two line are copied as one line, make sure to seperate them. – –

kolo
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kolo

hello guys, for creating USB from finall installer, after formating usb drive with name Hackintosher, run this command 🙂
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Hackintosher –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app

jdl6884
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jdl6884

Thank you for this tutorial. It took some work, but I figured it out. I was installing Mojave from a MacBook already running Mojave. I kept getting the error ” -applicationpath command is depreciated in macOS 10.14″. Also, as mentioned earlier, it is important that there are two separate dashes without a space before volume.

fix:

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Hackintosher

bb92
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bb92

thank’s for this tuto

I want to install Mojave on Gigabits H370 HD3 / I5 8400
I have an Hackintosh Asus P5Q running 100% with all Os from 10.6 to 10.13.6
I have on “Application 10.14 beta (5.7Go)
I try to create an installer under 10.13.6:
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ 10.14\ Beta.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Hackintosher –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave\ Beta.app –nointeraction

I get the following : this version can’t be installed on this computer

So impossible to continue

Any solutions ?

bb92
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bb92

I try to install Mojave on Gigabyte H370 HD3 (rév 1) / Processor I5 8400 +/Intégrated Graphic
I follow this guide step by step
For EFI of the USB installer (data Traveller USB3) I use the ” Hackintosher-Mojave-10.14-EFI.zip”
Bios is 100% tuned as the Tuto

bb92
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bb92

I try to install Mojave on Gigabyte H370 HD3 (rév 1) / Processor I5 8400 /Intégrated Graphic
I follow this guide step by step
For EFI of the USB installer (data Traveller USB3) I use the preconfigured ” Hackintosher-Mojave-10.14-EFI.zip”
Bios is 100% tuned as the Tuto

Nothing work I get : “Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device …..”

Some help ?

douirc
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douirc

Option 1, Step 1, Bullet 2 – Follow the Clover EFI Install Guide

the link to Clover EFI Install Guide is broken.

Ben
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Ben

Can’t paste the efi into my efi folder

sarangi
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sarangi

thank you for your excellent work!

works perfectly on a Asus z87 pro
i7 4790k haswell
32go ram
amd radeon rx480 8go
dual screen Eizo and Asus

the roland duo capture ex sound card works too, with high sierra driver
and epson phaser 6020 printer also with high sierra driver

mojave drivers are not available at this time….

John
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John

I couldn’t update the RAM settings (i.e. Slot, Size, Frequency, etc.) on Clover’s SMBIOS after updating from High Sierra to Mojave. I’ve replaced my EFI with the EFI given above. I was able to change other settings in SMBIOS, though. For example, I changed my Product Name from iMac18,1 to iMac17,1 and it saved.

When updating Clover, it also always reverts back to 4586. (am trying to update to 4700)

One thing worth maybe noting is that I didn’t have APFS file system when I was on High Sierra. Now I’ve been automatically converted to it.

Has anyone faced the same issue?

h0rsepower
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h0rsepower

I followed all of the directions, but when I use Clover Configurator, there is no option to mount my “Install macOS”, but only the “InstallESD” drive. When I mount that, I can’t interact with it. I’m new to this… What am I doing wrong?

Huhster
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Huhster

“–applicationpath deprecated please remove it from your invocation”

Any fix for this? I have a working VM version of Mac OS Moave and need to make a usb installer….

Milan
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Milan

The link to “Follow the Clover EFI Install Guide” is broken.
Used option 2 instead with your pre-configured EFI folder. Installation worked fine, however, I’m experiencing heavy artefacts and glitches when moving objects using either the integrated graphics of my Intel i7-8700 or a dedicated Nvidia graphics card.