Install Mac OS on PC

How to Create a Bootable Hackintosh Installation USB Drive

The first step in installing macOS on a PC and creating your own Hackintosh is to create a bootable USB with macOS on it. This requires a working Mac that has access to the Mac App Store, a USB thumb drive, and some time. It isn't difficult, but it is a little time consuming, and it's important to make sure that you get each step exactly right.

Scroll to the bottom to see a full list of what you need to build a Hackintosh.

If you have your Mac and a USB thumb drive ready, then you can follow these instructions to make a bootable macOS USB:

  1. Using a Mac, open the Mac App Store.

    A screenshot of the App Store.
  2. Log in using your Apple ID if prompted.

  3. Search for and download the latest version of macOS.

  4. Restart your Mac, holding down Command + R as it starts back up. This will allow you to load into recovery mode.

    1. Release Command + R when you see the Apple icon and progress bar appear.

    2. Wait for macOS Recovery to load.

      macOS Utilities in macOS Recovery.

Click Utilities > Terminal.

  1. A screenshot of selecting the terminal in macOS Utilities.
  2. With the terminal open, type csrutil disable and then press enter.

    1. A screenshot of disabling SIP in macOS Recovery.
    2. Wait for the terminal to display a message that SIP has been disabled.

      A screenshot of disabling SIP in macOS Recovery.

Click the Apple menu > Restart.

A screenshot of restarting out of macOS Recovery. 

  1. Once your Mac has booted up, connect your USB drive.

  2. Open Disk Utility.

    macOS Disk Utility.
  3. Select your USB drive in the left column, then click Erase.

    1. Click Done.

      A screenshot of a formatted USB drive.
    2. Run the UniBeast app.

      1. Click Continue.

        A screenshot of UniBeast.
      2. Click Continue.

        A screenshot of UniBeast.
      3. Click Continue.

        A screenshot of UniBeast.
      4. Click Continue.

        A screenshot of UniBeast.
      5. Click Agree.

        A screenshot of UniBeast.
      6. Click the USB drive that you set up earlier, and then click Continue.

        A screenshot of UniBeast.
      7. Select Catalina, then click Continue.

        A screenshot of UniBeast.
      8. Select UEFI Boot Mode or Legacy Boot Mode, then click Continue.

        A screenshot of the bootloader configuration in UniBeast.
    1. A screenshot of Disk Utility on macOS.
    2. In the pop up menu, enter a name for your USB drive, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled), and click Erase.

      A screenshot of erasing a USB drive on macOS.

  1. If you are using an NVIDIA or ATI graphics card, make the appropriate selection and click Continue.

    A screenshot of UniBeast graphics options.
  2. Take a look at your selections, and click Continue if you didn't make any mistakes.

    A screenshot of UniBeast.
  3. Enter your password if prompted, and then click OK.

    A screenshot of UniBeast.
  4. UniBeast will now create your installation media. This process can take a while, so just leave it alone until it's done.

How to Install macOS on a PC Using the Installation USB

After you have successfully created your macOS installation USB, you will need to remove it from your Mac and plug it into the PC that you want to turn into a Hackintosh. This is a fairly long process that involves formatting the drive in your PC and performing a clean installation of macOS. If you don't want to format or erase your drive, you'll have to remove it and install a different one before you proceed.

Here's how to install macOS on your PC:

  1. From the Clover boot screen, select Boot macOS Install from Install macOS Catalina.

    Clover bootloader.

  1. Select your desired Language, and click the forward arrow.

    Catalina installation language selection.
  2. Select Disk Utility from the macOS Utilities menu.

    The macOS Utilities menu.
  3. Click your PC hard drive in the left column.

    A screenshot of Disk Utility.
  4. Click Erase.

    A screenshot of the macOS install disk utility.
  5. Enter a new name for the drive, select APFS for the format, and click Erase.

    The macOS installation disk utility.
  6. Click Done.

    A screenshot of the macOS installer disk utility.
  7. Return to the main macOS Utilities menu, select Install macOS, and click Continue.

    A screenshot of macOS Utilities on macOS.
  8. Click Continue to proceed with the installation of macOS on your PC.

    The macOS Catalina install screen on a Hackintosh.
  9. When you complete the installation process, your PC will reboot. You may need to manually select macOS Catalina from the bootloader if it macOS doesn't load automatically.

Finish Setting Up Your Hackintosh

Your PC has macOS installed at this point, and it will probably work to one degree or another depending on the specific hardware that you used. You may find that some peripherals don't work quite right, the graphics aren't displayed correctly, or that there are other issues.

Even if your new Hackintosh seems to work, the final step of installing macOS on a PC is to run the free MultiBeast tool from Tonymacx86. This app configures your macOS installation to work seamlessly with your PC hardware, so skipping this step is not advisable.

  1. Run the Multibeast app. From the Quick Start menu, select UEFI Boot Mode if your PC supports UEFI, or Legacy Boot Mode if it only supports BIOS.

    A screenshot of MultiBeast on a hackintosh.
  1. Click Drivers, and select the audio drivers that are necessary for your hardware.

    A screenshot of the Drivers tab in MultiBeast.
  2. Click Misc, and select any necessary drivers.

    A screenshot of MultiBeast drivers.

  1. Click Bootloaders, and select your desired bootloader.

    A screenshot of bootloader options in MultiBeast.
  2. Click Build, verify your settings, and click Save to save your Multibeast settings. If you have problems with these settings, you can load and alter them later to fine tune things.

    Saving MultiBeast settings.
  3. Click Install.

    A screenshot of MultiBeast.
  4. Click Agree.

    A screenshot of MultiBeast on a hackintosh.
  5. Enter your password if prompted, and click Install Helper.

    A screenshot of MultiBeast on a Hackintosh.
  6. When you see this screen, you can restart your Hackintosh. If it runs as expected, you're done. Otherwise you'll need to run MultiBeast again and make sure you have selected all the right drivers and settings for your individual PC hardware.

    A screenshot of MultiBeast ready to go.