OSX 10.11 on Linux via VirtualBox

This has been covered about million times already, but I needed to get a relatively new OSX up and running and I have no access to an actual Mac to create the bootable ISO to use in VirtualBox. So here are my notes on the process.

Thanks to the howto from Howtogeek https://www.howtogeek.com/289594/how-to-install-macos-sierra-in-virtualbox-on-windows-10/

Prerequisites   (I run this on Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 with 8GB RAM)

  • 64bit Linux distro (I have used Mint 18.1)
  • VirtualBox 5.1.22
  • OSX El Captain 10.11 ISO downloaded from PirateBay

Create a new Virtual Machine OSX 10.11 El Captain in VirtualBox (There is an option now) The only modifications you need to do are these

Close VirtualBox now and add the following via terminal

$ VBoxManage modifyvm "OSX" --cpuidset 00000001 000306a9 04100800 7fbae3ff bfebfbff
$ VBoxManage setextradata "OSX" "VBoxInternal/Devices/efi/0/Config/DmiSystemProduct" "MacBookPro11,3"
$ VBoxManage setextradata "OSX" "VBoxInternal/Devices/efi/0/Config/DmiSystemVersion" "1.0"
$ VBoxManage setextradata "OSX" "VBoxInternal/Devices/efi/0/Config/DmiBoardProduct" "Mac-2BD1B31983FE1663"
$ VBoxManage setextradata "OSX" "VBoxInternal/Devices/smc/0/Config/DeviceKey" "ourhardworkbythesewordsguardedpleasedontsteal(c)AppleComputerInc"
$ VBoxManage setextradata "OSX" "VBoxInternal/Devices/smc/0/Config/GetKeyFromRealSMC" 1

Now you will be able to boot the El Captain 10.11 ISO. Be patient, the boot process takes some time (approx 4 minutes on my machine) Once it is installed and configured it is much faster.

After installation (Not gonna cover how to install OSX here) you can add some custom resolution via the following commands  for resolution 1440×900

VBoxManage setextradata "macOS Sierra" "VBoxInternal2/EfiGopMode" 4

Final boot time after you have configured everything takes 1minute 30 seconds to boot on the Panasonic CF-53. So I think this is pretty good for a Virtualized OSX

Here is a short video

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