Mac OS Catalina Hackintosh Clover Walkthrough 10.15 Install

Step-by-step walkthrough of installing macOS Catalina on a hackintosh using the Clover EFI Bootloader method.

Catalina Hackintosh Clover Prerequisites

To reach a point where this guide works and makes sense you must have first:

Step 1 – Booting the Catalina flash drive Installer

After doing the above steps restart your computer and boot from the UEFI partition of the flash drive by either selecting it as a temporary boot device or setting it as priority in BIOS settings.

Boot macOS Install from Install macOS Catalina

If the USB drive isn’t set as the default boot volume in BIOS you can change the temporary boot device when the boot screen appears. Usually the button that needs to be spammed is F8, F10, F11, or F12. When the temporary selection screen appears Select UEFI : (USB Device Name).

  1. You are now in the Clover Menu. Use the arrow keys to verify Boot macOS Install from Install macOS Catalina is selected
  2. Press Enter
  3. Installer will now slowly load… At first you will seen the Apple loading bar below, then you will see a blank grey screen briefly, then the Apple loading bar once again and then back to the grey screen again where the installer will finally appear.

Step 2 – Disk Utility Partitioning for macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina Setup

When the installer loads we will want to properly format the disk as GUID for hackintosh usability before beginning the install.

  1. Press Continue when the installer appears
  2. Select your language
  3. Select Disk Utility  from the install menu
  4. Select Show All Devices from the drop down menu by pressing the View button at the top left top left corner of the Disk Utility window. (Note: NVME drive not showing?)
  5. Select the disk you will be installing macOS and either select Partition to add space for macOS or Erase if you want to start clean
  6. If you get the Apple File System Space Sharing popup select the Always partition checkbox and click Partition
  7. Disk Drive Settings:
    • Name: (It can be named anything you want)
    • Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    • Scheme: GUID Partition Map
  8. Click Partition or Erase when ready: Hackintosh macOS Extended (Journaled)Erasing Disk and Creating Hackintosh
  9. Quit Disk Utility after successfully reformatting or partitioning the drive for Catalina. Quit Disk Utility

Step 3 – Install macOS Catalina 10.15

Now that the disk is formatted as a GUID partition map its ready for macOS to be installed on an empty partition.

Install macOS Catalina

  1. Select Install macOS from the main menu
  2. Click Continue
  3. Click Agree for the Software Terms Licenese Agreement
  4. Click Agree second agreement prompt
  5. Select the Drive macOS will be installed on: macOS Catalina will be installed on the disk Hackintosh
  6. Click Install and wait

Step 3 – Complete the Catalina Install

There will be an automatic restart after the last step above is completed. When that happens make sure you boot back into the Clover Boot Manager to continue to with the install.

Boot macOS Install from Hackintosh

If the first part of the install was successful there will be a second boot option in the Clover menu.

  1. Select Boot macOS Install from “Hackintosh”
  2. The installer will load up and you’ll see an apple logo and loading bar  briefly before an automatic restart happens: 
  3. Reenter the Clover Menu on Restart: Boot macOS Install from Hackintosh
  4. Select Boot macOS Install from “Hackintosh” again
  5. The same apple logo and loading bar will appear again, but time this time it will reach the end.Hackintosh Catalina installer 2 minutes remaining

Step 4 – Catalina Hackintosh First Boot

When macOS Catalina is successfully installed on a hackintosh the name of the second option in the Clover Boot Manager will change:Catalina Boot macOS from Hackintosh

  1. Select Boot macOS from “Hackintosh” and the Catalina will begin booting for the first time
  2. Select Language and click Continue
  3. Select Keyboard and click Continue
  4. Click Continue for Data & Privacy
  5. If prompted select My computer does not connect to the Internet and click Continue
  6. Select Don’t transfer any information now
  7. (Option) Sign into an Apple ID or click Set Up Later at the top
  8. Click Agree to the Terms and Conditions
  9. Fill out Computer Account macOS login profile and click Continue
  10. (Optional) Choose Customize Settings at Express Set Up if you don’t want to be monitored through Location and Siri.
  11. Choose Your Look and click Continue
  12. Welcome to macOS Catalina!

Catalina Hackintosh Install Complete Keyboard Window

Step 5 – Copying the EFI Partition from the Flash Drive to the macOS Catalina Drive

Now that we’re in macOS we want to be able to boot macOS without needing to have the USB flash drive plugged in. To do that all we have to do is copy and paste the EFI folder on the UEFI partition of the flash drive to the UEFI partition of the hackintosh disk.

  1. Open Clover Configurator
  2. Mount the EFI of the USB Flash Drive
  3. Press Open EFI or navigate to the EFI location of the flash drive in Finder
  4. Copy the EFI Folder onto your desktop
  5. Open Finder and Eject All the Flash Drive
  6. Using Clover Configurator Mount the EFI of the drive disk you just installed Mac OS on
  7. Press Open EFI or navigate to the EFI location of the drive in Finder
  8. Delete the mostly empty EFI Folder located on the mounted drive
  9. Paste or Move the EFI  from your Desktop to the EFI partition of the drive /Volumes/EFI/ the existing EFI on the disk

You will now be able to boot macOS without the USB Flash Drive

Fully Working Hackintosh

After macOS is running on your hackintosh there may be things that aren’t working such as audio, ethernet and wifi and graphics acceleration. If you followed one of our Build Guides return to that guide in order to get everything working. Otherwise check out the guides on how to get various things working.

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Nick
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Nick

I am following all the guides and when I get to clover and boot clover I am getting a”boot failed error”.

ERROR allocating 0x1196f pages at 0x0000000018613000 alloc type 2
Couldn’t allocate runtime area
Boot failed: will sleep for 10 seconds before exiting…

Any insight on what I did wrong??
Thanks so much!

Bernard
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Bernard

Yeah i’m getting the same thing.

Eric
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Eric

Did you find a solution? I’m also getting that. I read up on the OsxAptio-2000Free driver that works for people, but then the guy who created it said not to use it. Not sure what to do.

Evyatar
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Evyatar

I followed the instructions, after quiting Disk Utility and running the installation, after the agreement accepted it’s returning the first menu with those 4 options,
Restore
Install
Get help
Disk Utility

simon
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simon

same for me ! Did you find a solution?

Evyatar
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Evyatar

Nope

mau
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mau

I hope this gets answered sometime soon, im stuck at shit same step

marcelo
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marcelo

Hello. Thanks for this tutorial! I made everything is described but after second boot to finish the installation, my system shuts down. I have z370 and 5700xt. (I use your EFI Folder). If you could help me.. Thanks.

banglcb
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banglcb

Hello. Thanks for this tutorial!
I made everything is described but if i use default SMBIOS mac mini 8,1 i can’t boot to installing, but if change it to IMac 19,2 i can go to installing step, after second boot to finish the installation and the screen is stuck at 15 minutes remaining. I have z390 aorus ultra latest bios + i7 8700k and vega 56. (I use your EFI Folder). If you could help me.. Sorry for my bad english!
Thanks.

ottomanuel
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ottomanuel

Estoy instalando… Seguí todos los pasos pero me sale este error

Mon feb 24 13:13:33 iMac.local com.apple.bsd.dirthelper.603) : Endpoint has been activated through legacy launch(3) APIs. Please switch to XPC or bootstrap_check_in(): com.aple.bsd.dirhelper
Mon feb 24 13:13:33 iMac.local com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (org.ntp.sntp.205) : Service exited with abnormat code:1

y ahí se queda la instalación

Espero respuesta pronto

Flavio
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Flavio

Hi There,

looking for some insights here.
I’m running a GA-Z370-Gaming 7 (f15a bios) + 8700k + samsung 920 evo m.2.
Originally I used to run this setup with a 1080ti on High Sierra.
However, last week I tried to woke up the system from sleep and got a black screen.
Rebooted, and just got the same black screen, not even reaching the BIOS flash screen.
Removed the 1080ti, forced booting from iGPU and I was able to get into OSX.

I assumed the problem was related with the 1080ti. And since I had in mind for a while buying an AMD card compatible with the newest versions of the macOS I went shopping and grab myself a GA-5700xt. Followed your guide and did a fresh install of Catalina.
Everything works fine (usb, bluetooth, etc), except that occasionally (every other day) the machine would get stuck after sleep and I had to reboot it.

Now, yesterday I got again the same behaviour I described with the 1080ti.
Upon waking the computer from sleep, I was met with a black screen, and an F7 code in the mobo.
Rebooting would lead me to a black screen, and I was not even able to see the BIOS flash screen. Is as if the graphic card is not able to output anything.

Now funny thing happens, I took off the card and it again booted into the BIOS with the iGPU.
However, I also noticed that my ssd was not recognised. I took it off from the primary m.2 slot, plug into the secondary m.2 slot. At this point I read that the primary m.2 shares some pic lanes with the pcie slot I had my GPU plugged and decided to t plugged the GPU again. Reseted the bios, reconfigured the bios according to your guide, and was able to again boot normally to OSX.

At this stage, my hypothesis was that the problem was related with the m.2 slot.
Today same behaviour happened again. I did not removed the Graphic card, but after some bios reset and repeated reboots I was able to get into bios using the 5700xt. Here the ssd was not shown again. Rebooted with the updated bios configurations, black screen again. Didn’t quit, turned the power from the computer for half an hour, tried again, everything worked.

So my question is, can all this be related with a faulty SSD?
I mean, can a problem with the SSD lead the board not be able to boot even to the BIOS and generate a weird behaviour with the GFX?
Can this be a problem with the GFX bios, that gets into a f*ck*d state and needs to “reset” somehow?

Anyway, any insights for what should I look for?
Just to let you know, my setup was very stable for 2 years in High Sierra with the 1080ti. Then suddenly I’m getting these black screens, and I don’t have a clue why.

Flavio
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Flavio

btw this is my 4th hackintosh, I always followed builds that proven to be stable by other users, never run into a problem that I couldn’t solve. Here I suspect that either the 5700xt is a sh?tty card, or that some component is damaged, and not sure which one it is.

AndrewDIFF
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AndrewDIFF

My shit freezes at step 2. I erase/reformat drive and the progress bar goes all the way to then end and just stops.

Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI
INTEL i9-9900k
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB

I’ve tried booth My 970 Evo 500GB & 860 QVO 1TB