macOS Catalina is Hackintoshable, yet it requires supported hardware and effort to be installed on a PC. Right now, the newest iteration of macOS is 10.15, known as Catalina. In this guide, we will show you how to install Catalina on your PC with the newly released Hackintosh Catalina Installer.
1 Advantage of Other Methods VS Hackintosh Catalina Installer
- You do not need a real Mac: All other Hackintoshing methods need to have an existing macOS installation for it to work. This usually means that you either have to find a real Mac, or set up a Mac VM. However, with Hackintosh Catalina Installer, you can just set up everything even from a Windows / Linux computer.
- The post-installation is easier: By default, Hackintosh Catalina Installer will automatically install necessary Hackintosh specific kexts and drivers for your computer when you boot your macOS installation for the first time. Other methods require you to do this manually, While the post-installation in Hackintosh Catalina Installer can cover up most Hackintoshes (you may have to use Install some kexts manually), it is still a nice convenience.
- Hackintosh Catalina Installer supports more hardware: Normally other Hackintoshing methods are specific for a Computer Build, but Hackintosh Catalina Installer can be installed on most computers without touching a single line of code.
2 Interested in Installing? Here are the Hackintosh Catalina requirements
- An existing computer with Windows, Linux, or Mac: This is the computer where you will download and set up Hackintosh Catalina. The computer can run either Windows, Linux, or macOS; any operating system will work.
- A Hackintosh-compatible computer with an empty hard drive: This is the computer where you will install Hackintosh Catalina. It can be the same computer as the one mentioned in the previous point. If your computer already has macOS installed, Hackintosh Catalina will just update macOS normally, without deleting any of your apps or files, but always a fresh installation is recommended. macOS needs its own hard drive partition – a minimum of 15 GB of space is required, but at least 50 GB of space is recommended. It is preferred that you use a completely empty hard drive for Installing Hackintosh Catalina.
- Download Hackintosh Catalina Installer: Catalina Installer is a distribution of macOS Catalina that has been made to work with PCs. You will need to use a BitTorrent client to download the disk image file containing Hackintosh Catalina, which is a little less than 6 GB in size. You must register on the website to be able to download anything.
- An empty USB drive (16 GB or larger): In this guide, you will write (port) Hackintosh Catalina onto a USB drive, and boot your computer from that drive to install Hackintosh Catalina. The USB drive must be at least 16 GB in size. Since you will need to erase all of the files on the USB drive, make sure to back up its contents first. You can reuse this USB drive for normal stuff after you finish installing Catalina.
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3 Creating Hackintosh Catalina Bootable USB Installer from Mac.
Follow this step if you are setting up Hackintosh Installer on a Mac or existing Hackintosh. Plug your USB drive into Mac, and open Disk Utility (located in Applications->Utilities in your main hard drive). Select your USB drive in the sidebar of Disk Utility and erase the drive, with the “Format” set to “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” format. You can rename the drive any way you want.
Select the main USB Device, “USB DISK 3.0 Media” as in the example above.
Erase USB as “Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format” & as “GUID Partition Map” Scheme.
Next, make sure that your Hackintosh Catalina disk image file is in the same folder as “Restore Catalina.pkg”. If “Restore Catalina.pkg” is still in a ZIP file, double-click that file to unzip it.
Double click on “Restore Catalina.pkg” to start the app. By default, the app will be aimed at your computer’s main hard drive (mine is named “Mac” in the picture above). You do not want this– instead, click through the installer until you reach the page with the “Change Install Location” button.
From here, change the install location of the app to your USB drive (mine is named “Catalina Installer” in the picture below).
Press the enter/return key. The app will ask for your system password. After you enter your password, it will begin writing the Hackintosh Catalina disk image onto the USB drive.
This will probably take 20-40 minutes, though it may take longer, depending on the speed of your USB drive & Computer. Once it finishes, your USB drive will contain a fully bootable version of the Hackintosh Catalina installer.
NOTE: “Restore Niresh Catalina.pkg” is very glitchy. If you can not find the “Change Install Location” button on the first time that you run the app, restart your computer, and re-run the app.