Here’s detailed steps on how to install macOS Mojave on a hackintosh using the Clover EFI Bootloader method.
APFS Conversion in Mojave
With the release of Mojave 10.14 and even High Sierra 10.13.6 and Apple has become more aggressive in pushing people to use their new file system introduced in High Sierra called Apple File System (APFS). If you run the Mojave installer from High Sierra the drive will automatically be converted over to APFS from HFS and now ignores any flags that would prevent the conversion at least in Beta.
Mojave Hackintosh Clover Prerequisites
To follow this guide you must have first:
- Created a Mojave Bootloader on a USB Flash Drive
- Configured the Boot Partition of the USB Flash Drive
- Changed BIOS Settings for macOS Compatibility
I recommend placing Clover Configurator or another EFI mounter on the flash drive or better a separate flash drive so that you may complete the last step if by chance you don’t have internet access.
- Clover Configurator or another EFI mounter.
Step 1 – Booting the Mojave flash drive Installer
After pasting the Clover Boot folder onto the UEFI partition of the flash drive it’s now time to Boot into the UEFI of the macOS USB flash drive installer to load the Clover Boot Menu. I recommend setting the flash drive as the priority or first boot volume in BIOS because you’ll be booting into it multiple times until the install is complete and the Bootloader is transferred to the drive macOS is to be eventually installed on.
- You are now in the Clover Menu. Use the arrow keys to verify Boot macOS Install from Install macOS Mojave is selected
- Press Enter
- 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 – Partition the Drive for macOS Mojave
When the installer loads we will want to properly format the disk as GUID for hackintosh usability before beginning the install.
- Press Continue when the installer appears
- Select your language
- Select Disk Utility from the install menu
- Select Show All Devices from the drop down menu by pressing the View button at the top left top left corner. (Note: NVME drive not showing?)
- 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
- If you get the Apple File System Space Sharing popup select the Always partition checkbox and click Partition
- Disk Drive Settings:
- Name: (It can be named anything you want)
- Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
- Scheme: GUID Partition Map
- Click Partition or Erase when ready
Step 3 – Install macOS Mojave 10.14
Now that macOS is formatted as a GUID partition map and there is an empty partition for macOS to be installed on let us begin it.
- Close Disk Utility if it did not automatically close
- Select Install macOS from the main menu
- Click Continue
- Click Agree for the Software Terms Licenese Agreement
- Click Agree second agreement prompt
- Select the Drive macOS will be installed on:
- Click Install
- The to be Hackintosh will likely restart before the minutes remaining bar reaches the end:
Step 3 – Complete the Mojave Install
When the restart happens bring yourself back into the Clover Boot Menu and there is now a second option in Clover. Since we can’t disable the APFS conversion in Mojave Beta we will proceed by beginning the second phase of the macOS installer.
- Reenter the Clover Menu on restart
- Select Boot macOS Install from “Hackintosh”
- The installer will load up and you’ll see a new screen briefly before an automatic restart happens:
- Reenter the Clover Menu on Restart:
- Select Boot macOS Install from “Hackintosh”
- The installer will now do it’s thing once the bar reaches the end you will see this screen letting you know the installer is finally done:
Step 4 – Mojave First Hackintosh Boot
- Select Boot macOS from “Hackintosh” and the Mojave Hackintosh will begin booting for the first time
- Select Language and click Continue
- Select Keyboard and click Continue
- Click Continue for Data & Privacy
- If prompted select My computer does not connect to the Internet and click Continue
- Select Don’t transfer any information now
- (Option) Sign into an Apple ID or click Set Up Later at the top
- Click Agree to the Terms and Conditions
- Fill out Computer Account macOS login profile and click Continue
- (Optional) Choose Customize Settings at Express Set Up if you don’t want to be monitored through Location and Siri.
- Choose Your Look and click Continue
- Welcome to macOS Mojave!
Step 5 – Copying the EFI Partition from the Flash Drive to the macOS Mojave Drive
Now that we’re in macOS we want to be able to load macOS without the USB flash drive plug. To be able to boot macOS from the drive it’s installed on the folder in the EFI partition of the flash drive needs to be copied over to the EFI partition of the boot drive.
- Open Clover Configurator
- Mount the EFI of the USB Flash Drive
- Press Open EFI or navigate to the EFI location of the flash drive in Finder
- Copy the EFI Folder onto your desktop
- Open Finder and Eject All the Flash Drive
- Using Clover Configurator Mount the EFI of the drive disk you just installed Mac OS on
- Press Open EFI or navigate to the EFI location of the drive in Finder
- Delete the mostly empty EFI Folder located on the mounted drive
- 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.