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 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-10.14.6-EFI
  3. Unzip Hackintosher-Mojave-10.14.6-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.

Bob
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Bob

Use this command instead (don’t forget to insert your Volume name instead of ‘MyVolume’)

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

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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Hacktivist

This entire website is the full guide… Maybe next time ask somebody to come and do it for you instead

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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

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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.

Guest
John

Disk Utility does not offer you the ‘GUID partition Map’ by default!

You have to go to its menu bar and “View -> Show All Devices”.
Now select the base/root/parent and ‘erase’; the GUID option will be offered.

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Kenneth Lin

I’ve tried everything (both option 1 and 2) but couldn’t get the drive to boot past the Apple logo.

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Kenneth Lin

I was stuck as the computer keeps rebooting after the Apple logo on install. I fixed this by editing the config file in Clover Configurator and unticking InjectIntel. Hope this helps other people out there.

Using a Gigabyte B360M D3H and saw that other people with the same motherboard were having the same issue:
https://www.reddit.com/r/hackintosh/comments/8mt3dw/gigabyte_b360m_help/

kuanz
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kuanz

# Clover EFI Install Guide
https://hackintosher.com/guides/how-to-make-a-cl%E2%80%A6ntosh-bootloader/

This page cannot be accessed!

Andrew
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Andrew

Link for Clover EFI Install Guide is dead .

Skroutz
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Skroutz

Its not dead, its the link wrong. Here it is correct: https://hackintosher.com/guides/how-to-make-a-clover-hackintosh-bootloader/
Please Update the link

firmannn
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firmannn

need a installer direct download. pleasee

Kreedz
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Kreedz

http://dosdude1.com and download the macOS Mojave Patcher>go to tool>download macOS Mojave Installer

Dave
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Dave

Thank you for the tutorial,
I installed the pre-configured efi folder as I am a novice and made the usb install drive, everything goes well until I get to the installation part where it says 10 minutes left to install, after the 10 minutes it then re-boots (I have usb to boot first in bios) I select the Mojave internal drive thinking it`s going to finish off the install, and it goes back to the “where to install screen” every time (in a loop).
What am I doing wrong?
Thanks

Intel X5460 cpu
Asus P5Q Pro Motherboard
8gb Corsaire DDR2 Memory
1gb Geforce nVidia Graphics
500gb HDD

Alexey
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Alexey

Than Transferring the Mojave Installer get error:
Error: Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=512 ““InstallESD.dmg” couldn’t be copied to “SharedSupport”.” UserInfo={NSSourceFilePathErrorKey=/Applications/Install macOS Mojave.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg, NSUserStringVariant=(
Copy
), NSDestinationFilePath=/Volumes/Install macOS Mojave/Install macOS Mojave.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg, NSFilePath=/Applications/Install macOS Mojave.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg, NSUnderlyingError=0x7ffaed8908c0 {Error Domain=NSPOSIXErrorDomain Code=6 “Device not configured”}}The copy of the installer app failed.

This helped me:
hdiutil create -o /tmp/Mojave.cdr -size 6g -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J
hdiutil attach /tmp/Mojave.cdr.dmg -noverify -mountpoint /Volumes/Mojave_Installer
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Mojave_Installer –nointeraction

deamondev
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deamondev

Thanks you so much for sharing this cool trick. I really found this is very useful for me. Keep doing good work. http://urcomputertechnics.com

TheMineser
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TheMineser

When will we get the new EFI folder for the 10.14.4?

Paul Jacob
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Paul Jacob

There’s a prohibition symbol problem

Guest
alan

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Hackintosher –nointeraction && say Mojave Drive Created

this is the correct line

steve
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steve

Output: “You must specify a volume path”.
I don’t really understand the error since (I believe) that it’s specified in the line “–volume /Volumes/Hackintosher”. Any help??

MarinoGutierrez
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MarinoGutierrez

This happened to me. I was missing a letter on the “Hackintosher” USB Name..

Anders
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Anders

omg it works in virtualbox

Julien
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Julien

First of all thank you for this tutorial.

i am getting a secure boot violation from the windows I’m trying to install the Mojave Flashdrive installer,

FYI I selected the option 2 of the tutorial for the EFI .

Starting the hackintosh i am trying to configure, i boot from the UEFI bios and boot on the EFI partition, of the USB created following the tutorial.

Once i boot on the EFI partition i get this message in a red screen:

SECURE BOOT VIOLATION

THE SYSTEM FOUND UNAUTHORISED CHANGES ON THE FIRMWARE, OPERATING SYSTEM OR UEFI DRIVERS.

PRESS OK TO RUN THE NEXT BOOT DEVICE OR ENTER DIRECTLY TO BIOS SETUP IF THERE ARE NO OTHER BOOT DEVICE INSTALLED.

GO TO BIOS SETUP > BOOT AND CHANGE THE CURRENT BOOT DEVICE INTO OTHER SECURED BOOT DEVICE

Is this because i already have a windows installed on the HACKINTOSH i am trying to create?

Shall i format the HDD on the HACKINTOSH PC and get rid of windows before trying this USB installer or is it an UEFI Protection of some kind?

The UEFI i m running on the potential future HACKINTOSH PC isL

ASUS UEFI BIOS UTILITY version 2.17.1246 (2016)

Running a windows 10

16 GB RAM / INTEL I 7 PROCESSOR / NIVIDIA GRAPHIC CARD 4 GB RAM

If anyone can give help me find a solution i would be extremely grateful

Cheers to all .

Julien
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Julien

i think i found the solution :

https://wiki.esko.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=170033458

Thanx anyway great auto .

Julien
Guest
Julien

And now I’m getting a forbidden sign when i run the usb….

Grrrrrr….

So i see the mac apple , it starts the loading bar and it stops then i get the white circle with a bar in the middle like a forbidden sign…

Any ideas on how to fix that?

Any specific option we need to choose when booting ?

Julien
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Julien

Is it related to the USB ports?

schebi
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schebi

Hi Julien

I have the same problem…could you solve it?

alucinare
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alucinare

For anyone whose EFI partition on the Install macOS USB is not appearing in the Clover Configurator app follow the steps in this link (https://www.macobserver.com/tips/quick-tip/how-to-format-drive-guid/) to erase and format the USB correctly.

I wasn’t aware that there were hidden options in the disk util app used by macOS.

Johan
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Johan

Man you just saved me hours of headache. Couldn’t get it why the installer said “Making disk bootable” when it was not a bootable disk. Thanks a bunch !

Otman Zayer
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Otman Zayer

My Computer won’t boot into the USB? I see it in the bios and i select it but it doesn’t boot into it?

Johan
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Johan

You probably didn’t format the USB drive with GUID check @alucinare answer that did the trick for me

Ryan Vogel
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Ryan Vogel

I did everything but when I try to boot it up it just shows the Apple Logo and keeps the loading bar at 0%

Martin
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Martin

Tried the above method but my laptop fails to boot with the flashdrive…it sees it but when i select it, it does nothing…only takes me back to windows…
My specs: i7 6700hq,
nvidia1060/6gb,
8gb ram
128gb ssd and 1tb hdd

P.s I’ve even inserted the EFI files from option 2
Any assistance will be greatly appreciated

Kreedz
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Kreedz

“You Must specify a volume path” but i write the right volume “Hackintosher” i download the Mojave.app and i tried everything in this tutorial . i’m using VirtualBox and nothing work :/
i need your help, it’s my first time to try a hackintosh

Kreedz
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Kreedz

To all people have this probleme search for dosdude1 dot com the macOS Mojave Patcher and follow the instruction to download the complete macOS Installer as 6.6Gb

max
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max

Thanks for sharing all guide but Downloading Majove not working