• Supported Models

    Any hardware supporting SSE4.1 CPU and 64-Bit firmware work on this patcher. To check your hardware model, run the below command on the applicable machine in terminal:

    system_profiler SPHardwareDataType | grep 'Model Identifier'

    The below table will list all supported and unsupported functions of the patcher currently:

    Regarding OS support, see below:

    Support Entry Supported OSes Description Comment
    HostOS macOS 10.9 - macOS 12 Refers to OSes where running OpenCore-Patcher.app are supported Supports 10.7+ if Python 3.9 or higher (opens new window)is manually installed, simply run the OpenCore-Patcher.command located in the repo
    TargetOS macOS 11 - macOS 12 Refers to OSes that can be patched to run with OpenCore May support 10.4 and newer (in a potentially broken state). No support provided.
    • macOS Monterey support is currently in beta and is not recommended for everyday users.


    SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
    MacBook1,1 Mid-2006 NO 32-Bit CPU limitation
    MacBook2,1 Late 2006 32-Bit Firmware limitation
    MacBook3,1 Late 2007
    MacBook4,1 Early 2008 YES - No GPU Acceleration in Mavericks and newer
    - No Keyboard and Trackpad
    - No USB
    MacBook5,1 Late 2008 - GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues (#108 (opens new window))
    MacBook5,2 Early 2009 - GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues (#108 (opens new window))
    - Trackpad is recognized as mouse
    MacBook6,1 Late 2009 - GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues (#108 (opens new window))
    MacBook7,1 Mid-2010
    MacBook8,1 Mid-2015 Everything is supported

    #MacBook Air

    SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
    MacBookAir1,1 Early 2008 NO Requires SSE4.1 CPU
    MacBookAir2,1 Late 2008 YES GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues (#108 (opens new window))
    MacBookAir3,1 Late 2010
    MacBookAir4,1 Mid-2011
    MacBookAir5,1 Mid-2012 Everything is supported
    MacBookAir6,1 Mid-2013, Early 2014

    MacBook Pro

    SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
    MacBookPro1,1 Early 2006 NO 32-Bit CPU limitation
    MacBookPro2,1 Late 2006 32-Bit Firmware limitation
    MacBookPro2,2 Late 2006
    MacBookPro3,1 Mid-2007 Requires SSE4.1 CPU
    MacBookPro4,1 Early 2008 YES GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues (#108 (opens new window))
    MacBookPro5,1 Late 2008
    MacBookPro5,2 Early 2009
    MacBookPro5,3 Mid-2009
    MacBookPro6,1 Mid-2010
    MacBookPro8,1 Early 2011
    MacBookPro9,1 Mid-2012 Everything is supported
    MacBookPro10,1 Mid-2012, Early 2013
    MacBookPro10,2 Late 2012, Early 2013
    MacBookPro11,1 Late 2013, Mid-2014

    Mac mini

    SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
    Macmini1,1 Early 2006 NO 32-Bit CPU limitation
    Macmini2,1 Mid-2007 32-Bit Firmware limitation
    Macmini3,1 Early 2009 YES GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues (#108 (opens new window))
    Macmini4,1 Mid-2010
    Macmini5,1 Mid-2011
    Macmini6,1 Late 2012 Everything is supported


    SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
    iMac4,1 Early 2006 NO 32-Bit CPU limitation
    iMac4,2 Mid-2006
    iMac5,1 Late 2006 32-Bit Firmware limitation
    iMac7,1 Mid-2007 YES - Requires an SSE4.1 CPU Upgrade(opens new window)
    - GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues (#108 (opens new window))
    - Stock Bluetooth 2.0 card non-functional
    iMac8,1 Early 2008 - GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues (#108 (opens new window)))
    iMac9,1 Early 2009
    iMac10,1 Late 2009 - GPU is socketed, recommend upgrading to Metal GPU(opens new window)
    - GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues (#108 (opens new window))
    iMac11,2 Mid-2010
    iMac12,1 Mid-2011
    iMac13,1 Late 2012 Everything is supported
    iMac14,1 Late 2013
    iMac14,4 Mid-2014
    iMac15,1 Late 2014, Mid-2015

    Mac Pro

    SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
    MacPro1,1 Mid-2006 NO 32-Bit Firmware limitation
    MacPro2,1 Mid-2007
    MacPro3,1 Early 2008 YES - Potential boot issues with built-in USB 1.1 ports (recommend using a USB 2.0 hub or dedicated USB PCIe controller)
    - Potential boot issues with stock Bluetooth card, recommend removing to avoid kernel panics
    MacPro4,1 Early 2009 Everything is supported as long as GPU is Metal capable
    MacPro5,1 Mid-2010, Mid-2012


    SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
    Xserve1,1 Mid-2006 NO 32-Bit Firmware limitation
    Xserve2,1 Early 2008 YES Everything is supported as long as GPU is Metal capable
    Xserve3,1 Early 2009

    Download and build macOS Installers

    This doc is centered around downloading and writing the macOS installer to a USB. If you're already familiar with how to do this, you can skip.

    • Note: 16GB+ USB will be required for the installer

    Creating the installer

    With OpenCore Legacy Patcher, our new GUI includes a download menu for macOS installers. So to start off, you'll want to grab our app:

    For this guide, we'll be using the standard OpenCore-Patcher (GUI).

    Once downloaded, open the app and you should be greeted with this menu:

    First we'll want to select the "Create macOS Installer" button. This will present you with 2 options:

    For this example, we'll assume you'll need an installer. Selecting this option will download Apple's Installer Catalogs and build a list for you to choose:

    Downloading Listed Installers
    OCLP GUI Installer Download Catalog OCLP GUI Installer Download Listed Products

    Since the patcher officially supports Big Sur and newer for patching, only those entires will be showen. For ourselves, we'll select 12.1 as that's the latest public release at the time of writing. This will download and install the macOS installer to your applications folder.

    Downloading the Installer Requesting to install Finished Installing
    OCLP GUI Installer Download Progress OCLP GUI Installer Needs Installing OCLP GUI Installer Download Finished

    Once finished, you can proceed to write the installer onto a USB drive.

    • Note: The entire USB drive will be formatted
    Select Downloaded Installer Select disk to format

    Now the patcher will start the installer flashing!

    Flashing Success Prompt Finished Flashing

    Building and installing OpenCore

    Now that we have a macOS installer, lets now build our OpenCore configuration!

    If you haven't downloaded OpenCore Patcher yet, do so now:

    Next, run the OpenCore-Patcher.app:

    Here we'll select Build and Install OpenCore and start building:

    Start Building Finished Building
    OCLP GUI Build Finished

    Once it finishes building, you'll want to select the Install OpenCore button:

    • If you created a macOS USB manually and don't see it listed, make sure it's either formatted as GUID/GPT or has a FAT32 partition for OpenCore to sit on
    Select Drive Select Partition

    Now we finally get to boot OpenCore!

    Reboot machine while holding Option to select the EFI Boot entry with the OpenCore icon (holding the Control key will make this the default boot entry):

    • This will be the Mac Boot Picker

    Now that you've loaded OpenCore, now select Install macOS!:

    • This will be the OpenCore Picker

    After plenty of verbose booting, you will reach the installer screen! From there it's just like any normal macOS install. For an example of how the boot process looks, see the following video:

    MacBookPro11,3 Note: When booting macOS Monterey, you'll need to boot into safe mode if acceleration patches are not installed yet. Otherwise you'll hit a black screen due to missing Nvidia drivers.(opens new window)

    • Safe Mode can be started by holding Shift+Enter when selecting macOS Monterey in OCLP's Boot Menu.


    Booting without USB drive

    Once you've installed macOS through OpenCore, you can boot up and go through the regular install process. To boot without the USB drive plugged in is quite simple:

    • Download OpenCore Legacy Patcher
    • Change Patcher settings as you'd like
    • Build OpenCore again
    • Install OpenCore to internal drive
    • Reboot holding Option, and select the internal EFI

    And voila! No more USB drive required

    Booting seamlessly without Verbose or OpenCore Picker

    To do this, run the OpenCore Patcher and head to Patcher Settings:

    GUI Settings TUI Settings

    Here you can change different patcher settings, however the main interest is:

    • Set ShowPicker Mode

    Once you've toggled them both off, build your OpenCore EFI once again and install to your desired drive. Now to show the OpenCore selector, you can simply hold down the "ESC" key while clicking on EFI boot, then you can release the "ESC" key when you see the cursor arrow at the top left.

    Enabling SIP

    For many users, SIP will be enabled by default on build. For Intel HD 4000 users, you may have noticed that SIP is partially disabled. This is to ensure full compatibility with macOS Monterey and allow seamless booting between it and older OSes. However for users who do not plan to boot Monterey, you can re-enable under Patcher Settings.

    Note: Machines with non-Metal GPUs cannot enable SIP in Big Sur either due to patched root volume

    SIP Enabled SIP Lowered (Root Patching) SIP Disabled


    If you're unsure whether you should enable SIP, leave as-is. Systems where you have already ran the Post Install Root Patching cannot enable SIP without potentially breaking the current install.

    Applying Post Install Volume Patches

    For users with unsupported GPUs/wifi cards, you'll need to run the Post Install Root Volume patches to regain functionality. See below on whether your hardware needs root volume patching.

    • Hint: Try running the root volume patch option, the Patcher will determine and install patches only when required. So there is no harm in applying them
    Listing Patches Patching Finished


    Root Patching requires a network connection by default to grab associated resources. If your system is having difficulties with wifi or ethernet, grab the Offline variants of the patcher on Github next to the regular apps:

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