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.
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.
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.
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.
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.