Install macOS mojave 10.14 on VMware on windows

Last Updated: Wed Jul 15 2020

Besides windows, macOS is the 2nd most used operating system in the world. The combination of unique features, design and ultimate stability makes it very great. Even on a Hackintosh, it provides great stability if configured correctly. In this article, you will know how easy it is to install macOS Mojave on VMware. If you want to run heavy workload such as video editing tools then you running macOS on a virtual machine might not be perfect for you as it will run slow, instead try our dual booting macOS mojave with windows guide.

Let’s start the process!

Downloading the required files.

1. At first, we need to download and install the latest version of VMware workstation player or workstation. VMware is best for installing and running virtual machines whether it be Linux, Windows or macOS, though it doesn’t support macOS out of the box but with some tweaks, it runs flawlessly. In this tutorial, I am going to use VMware workstation player because it is free for personal use, but VMware workstation will work perfectly too.

2. Now download the patch tool for patching VMware.

3. At last download the macOS Mojave virtual machine image.

Patching VMware.

As i said above VMware doesn’t support running macOS out of the box. The Unlocker aka patch tool patches VMware with required files and makes it support running macOS.

1. Before patching, make sure that you have installed VMware after downloading.

2. Extract the “patch tool.rar” file using Winrar.

3. Open the extracted folder and right click on win-install and click “run as administrator”.

Note: Before running the patch tool make sure that you have active internet connection as the patch tool will download VMware tools, which is required to be installed on the macOS for proper graphics and CPU acceleration.

4. Wait till the patching process is finished.

See also: Beginner’s guide to patch DSDT in Hackintosh

Creating the macOS virtual machine.

As the patching process is finished we can now proceed to create the virtual machine for macOS Mojave.

1. Open the VMware Workstation player and click on “Create a new virtual machine”

2. Next, select “I want to install the operating system later” and click next. As we have downloaded the virtual disk image which contains macOS Mojave already installed, we will tie it later.

3. Now under Operation system selection, select “Apple Mac OS X” and then from the version drop-down menu select “macOS 10.14” which is macOS Mojave, and then click Next.

4. Here, name the virtual machine as you like and select the location where you want the virtual machine to be installed and click next.

As the size of the vmdk (virtual machine disk) file is going to be increased as you install apps or download stuff inside your macOS virtual machine. So it is better to install it where you have plenty of space available or at 50gb, So later you won’t need to move it.

5.Leave the maximum disk size to default which is 40 Gb, and select “Store virtual disk as a single file” and then click next.

The maximum disk size doesn’t matter much because we will change it to our pre-installed macOS Mojave VMware disk.

Configuring the macOS Mojave VM.

Till now we have successfully created our macOS Mojave virtual machine but that’s only 20% of the work. We now need to configure it correctly by setting how much hardware it is allowed to use, so your both the host OS (windows in my case) and macOS Mojave runs without hiccups.

1. Select the VM and then click on the edit button, we will now change the configuration of the virtual machine to allocate it more processor cores and ram to make the virtual machine perform well.

See also: How to create bootable macOS high sierra USB on windows.

Here click on the memory tab and slide up the slider to 60% of your ram. Next, click on the processor’s tab and change the number of cores to 4 or higher if your processor has a higher core count. Virtual machines are emulated with virtual processors means that the higher the core count the higher the performance will be.

2. Now select the “hard disk” tab and click the remove button, it is required to be removed as we will add the pre-installed disk.

3. After removing the existing hard disk, click on the add button and select the hard disk option from the menu and click next.

4. In the Add hard disk wizard window, select the Disk type option as SATA and click next.

5. Under disk selection tab select the “Use an existing disk” and click next, now copy paste the path of the downloaded vmdk file or click browse and select the downloaded macOS Mojave vmdk file.

Editing and running the Virtual machine.

In the above steps we have successfully configured our macOS Mojave virtual machine, but we need to edit the VMware configuration file so that the virtual machine runs correctly.

1. Open the folder that you selected while configuring the virtual machine in step 4 of “Creating the macOS virtual machine”.

2. Now look for a file with the extension “.vmx” the name of the file will be the name of the virtual machine.

3. Right click on the configuration file, then select open with and then notepad or any other text editor.

4. At the bottom of the file add this line:

smc.version = “0”

and save the file.

See also: How to undervolt a mac to increase its battery life.

Running macOS Mojave Vmware.

1. Open the Vmware app and double click on the macOS Mojave VM or select it and click the Power on button.

2. Select your preferred language and complete the user setup by creating a user account.

3. After the user setup is done and you log on to the OS, the resolution might be very low. To fix this we need to install the VMware tools.

4. To install VMware tools, double-click on the mounted disk on the top right, and then open the “Install VMware tools”.

5. On the installer, click continue and keep the destination at default and then click install, after successfully installing the tools restart the VM and all should be good now.


If you find any issues or problem in the process please post them in comments.


Prashant Singh · Fri Jan 25 2019 · Reply
App Store isn't working. It says Cannot Connect to App Store. Moreover, on Safari it says Connection is not Private and have to click visit this website and this happens for all the sites, and all. It's something related to network, though I havent dont any changes in configuration for it. And I am on WiFi on Windows. and in System Preferences inside VM it says connected in Ethernet.

Soroush · Thu Apr 11 2019 · Reply
i have same issue!!!! Please answer anybody knows this... How we can fix it?! . Contact me if you know, or leave a comment... Email: [email protected] Instagram: @soroush__ss__ Telegram: @soroush_ss_80

ZigoZago · Sat Feb 02 2019 · Reply
Software update don't work.

Anonymous · Thu Sep 03 2020 · Reply
You need to update it from the app store.Do NOT update it from the system preferences.

said · Thu Feb 28 2019 · Reply
Hi I can not use the mouse buttons !!? even if i can move the mouse easily please Help

manash · Fri Mar 01 2019 · Reply
Have you installed the VM-ware tools?

Casey · Fri Mar 01 2019 · Reply
The system image is broken. Cannot uppack it with winrar. I've already downloaded it twice

manash · Fri Mar 01 2019 · Reply
working fine here! please try once again

Anonymous · Thu Sep 03 2020 · Reply
That's a problem that winrar has.Winrar can't unpack any file.For example it can't unpack isos.You need to download and install 7-zip to unpack it.

Nissim · Fri Mar 01 2019 · Reply
Hello, I use VMware® Workstation 15 Pro + Mc os 10.14 on a PC laptop. The operating system can not detect a USB connection. Things I did: 1. Remove and install Vmware Tools. 2. Remove and add the USB service in Vmware The system still does not detect a USB connection. Known issue?

manash · Fri Mar 01 2019 · Reply
maybe a problem with vmware. it was working fine when i tried it!

Alvaro · Thu Apr 25 2019 · Reply
Hi, Everything go fine, but after installation & run ok, I can't select display resolution inside virtual machine, I see two options, 1920x1080, thats my native display resolution, but one second after I select this option, ever go back to 960x540 HiDPI, I install several times vmware tools, but it doen't work... How can a fixed this issue?

dee dee · Mon Apr 29 2019 · Reply
cannot be upgrade ,need to install Xcode inside Apple ID cannot be logged

Mike · Tue May 21 2019 · Reply
Won't boot at all, stuck on Apple Logo. Please help, thanks

Howard Dennis · Sat Jul 06 2019 · Reply
Similar problem. Closed VMWare. Restarted Windows 10. Restarted VMWare, OPENED VM - made it this far on second try. First try had Apple, loading line filled 98%. Now stuck here!

WYW · Wed Jul 03 2019 · Reply
Works fine. THX

Telta · Sun Sep 15 2019 · Reply
Ihave installed in my downloads folder but everytime I try to select the file or to coppy teh path into the fild I receive thes error:

Manash · Sun Sep 15 2019 · Reply
Try renaming the file

Эммануил Гедеонович · Wed Sep 25 2019 · Reply
need .vmx file as text to copy and modify. dont have this file paste it somewhere if you not too religious in DMCA and Cookies :D

jason shultz · Sun Oct 13 2019 · Reply
I'm using 15.5 of vmware workstation. the unlocker doesn't add apple macos to the list of operating systems. :(

esgbt · Sun Dec 08 2019 · Reply
Not working in Windows 10 even if run as admin: Getting VMware Tools... Retrieving Darwin tools from: Traceback (most recent call last): File "", line 159, in main() File "", line 112, in main tar = + '/tools/'), 'r') File "", line 1680, in open tarfile.ReadError: file could not be opened successfully [1656] Failed to execute script gettools Datei darwin*.* nicht gefunden 0 Datei(en) kopiert Starting VMware services... Finished!

Mj2589 · Fri Jan 17 2020 · Reply
Link to the Patch Tool in DrDonk's GITHub is not available now. Any Ideas on what they do?

payomagic · Fri Aug 14 2020 · Reply
Use the JaxOn repo:

Zer0ne · Tue Apr 07 2020 · Reply
Worked perfectly, bro. Thank you so much for sticking your neck out and taking the time to share the love, really appreciate it. With Corona looming, stay safe inside and code 'til your fingers bleed :) Pce!

JPAres1 · Wed Aug 19 2020 · Reply
Dr Donks Github link for the unlocker comes up as "not found"... Please advise. :(

Manash · Sun Aug 23 2020 · Reply
Sort for that. Please use this:

James · Thu Sep 24 2020 · Reply
This process worked perfectly for me, thanks so much. I did have to download a different VMWare patcher for VMWare Workstation 15. I found a link to this VMWare patcher at . The direct link to the patcher is

anon · Tue Oct 20 2020 · Reply
Hey man the patch tool is not present in the mentioned repository please provide an updated one