README.md documents the process of creating a
Note: All blobs and resources included in this repository are re-derivable (all instructions are included!).
Big Sur support? See these notes.
Proxmox and macOS? See Nick's blog for sure.
Yes, we support offline macOS installations now
This project can always use your help, time and attention. I am looking for help (pull-requests!) with the following work items:
fetch-macOS.pyto work with Python 3.9.x.
Create full installation (ISO) image without requiring an existing macOS physical/virtual installation.
Documentation around running macOS on popular cloud providers (GCP, AWS). See the
Is This Legal?section and associated references.
accel=hvfflag on QEMU + macOS Mojave on MacBook Pro.
Document (share) how you use this project to build + test open-source projects / get your stuff done.
Document how to use this project for iOS development.
Document how to use this project for XNU kernel debugging and development.
Document the process to create and reuse VM snapshots. Instantaneous macOS boots would be nice this way.
Document the process to launch a bunch of headless macOS VMs (build farm).
Document usage of munki to deploy software to such a
Enable SSH support out of the box or more easily.
Better support + docs for AMD Ryzen.
Patches to unify the various scripts we have. Robustness improvements.
A modern Linux distribution. E.g. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS 64-bit or later.
QEMU >= 4.2.0
A CPU with Intel VT-x / AMD SVM support is required
A CPU with SSE4.1 support is required for >= macOS Sierra
A CPU with AVX2 support is required for >= macOS Mojave
Note: Older AMD CPU(s) are known to be problematic. AMD FX-8350 works but Phenom II X3 720 does not. Ryzen processors work just fine.
KVM may need the following tweak on the host machine to work.
# echo 1 > /sys/module/kvm/parameters/ignore_msrs
To make this change permanent, you may use the following command.
$ sudo cp kvm.conf /etc/modprobe.d/kvm.conf
Install QEMU and other packages.
sudo apt-get install qemu uml-utilities virt-manager git wget libguestfs-tools -y
This step may need to be adapted for your Linux distribution.
Clone this repository on your QEMU system. Files from this repository are used in the following steps.
cd ~ git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/kholia/OSX-KVM.git cd OSX-KVM
Fetch macOS installer.
You can choose your desired macOS version here. After executing this step, you should have the
BaseSystem.dmgfile in the current folder.
$ ./fetch-macOS.py # ProductID Version Post Date Title 1 061-26578 10.14.5 2019-10-14 macOS Mojave 2 061-26589 10.14.6 2019-10-14 macOS Mojave 3 041-91758 10.13.6 2019-10-19 macOS High Sierra 4 041-88800 10.14.4 2019-10-23 macOS Mojave 5 041-90855 10.13.5 2019-10-23 Install macOS High Sierra Beta 6 061-86291 10.15.3 2020-03-23 macOS Catalina 7 001-04366 10.15.4 2020-05-04 macOS Catalina 8 001-15219 10.15.5 2020-06-15 macOS Catalina 9 001-36735 10.15.6 2020-08-06 macOS Catalina 10 001-36801 10.15.6 2020-08-12 macOS Catalina 11 001-51042 10.15.7 2020-09-24 macOS Catalina Choose a product to download (1-11): 11
Attention: Modern NVIDIA GPUs are supported on HighSierra but not on later versions (yet).
Next, convert this file into a usable format.
qemu-img convert BaseSystem.dmg -O raw BaseSystem.img
Create a virtual HDD image where macOS will be installed. If you change the name of the disk image from
mac_hdd.imgto something else, the boot scripts will need to be updated to point to the new image name.
qemu-img create -f qcow2 mac_hdd_ng.img 128G
NOTE: Create this HDD image file on a fast SSD/NVMe disk for best results.
Now you are ready to install macOS
CLI method (primary). Just run the
OpenCore-Boot.shscript to start the installation proces.
Note: This same script works for Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, and High Sierra.
If you are new to installing macOS, see the older README for help.
You are all set!
(OPTIONAL) Use this macOS VM disk with libvirt (virt-manager / virsh stuff).
macOS-libvirt-Catalina.xmlfile and change the various file paths (search for
CHANGEMEstrings in that file). The following command should do the trick usually.
sed -i "s/CHANGEME/$USER/g" macOS-libvirt-Catalina.xml virt-xml-validate macOS-libvirt-Catalina.xml
Create a VM by running the following command.
virsh --connect qemu:///system define macOS-libvirt-Catalina.xml
virt-managerand start the
Note: You may need to run
sudo ip link delete tap0command before
virt-manageris able to start the
Setting Expectations Right
Nice job on setting up a
Virtual Hackintosh system! Such a system can be used
for a variety of purposes (e.g. software builds, testing, reversing work), and
it may be all you need, along with some tweaks documented in this repository.
However, such a system lacks graphical acceleration, a reliable sound sub-system, USB (3) functionality and other similar things. To enable these things, take a look at our notes. We would like to resume our testing and documentation work around this area. Please reach out to us if you are able to fund this area of work.
It is possible to have 'beyond-native-apple-hw' performance but it does require work, patience, and a bit of luck (perhaps?).
See networking notes to setup guest networking.
I have the following commands present in
#!/usr/bin/env bash sudo ip tuntap add dev tap0 mode tap sudo ip link set tap0 up promisc on sudo ip link set dev virbr0 up sudo ip link set dev tap0 master virbr0
This has been enough for me so far.
Note: You may need to enable the
rc.localfunctionality manually on modern Ubuntu versions.
To get sound on your virtual Mac, see the "Virtual Sound Device" in notes.
To passthrough GPUs and other devices, see these notes.
Need a different resolution? Check out the notes included in this repository.
To generate your own SMBIOS, use GenSMBIOS.
Is This Legal?
The "secret" Apple OSK string is widely available on the Internet. It is also included in a public court document available here. I am not a lawyer but it seems that Apple's attempt(s) to get the OSK string treated as a trade secret did not work out. Due to these reasons, the OSK string is freely included in this repository.
Gabriel Somlo also has some thoughts on the legal aspects involved in running macOS under QEMU/KVM.
My aim is to enable macOS based educational tasks, builds + testing, kernel debugging, reversing, and macOS security research in an easy, reproducible manner without getting 'invested' in Apple's closed ecosystem (too heavily).
Virtual Hackintosh systems are not intended to replace the genuine
physical macOS systems.
Backstory: I was a (poor) student in Canada once and Apple made my work on cracking Apple Keychains a lot harder than it needed to be.