How to Install MacOS Mojave on Unsupported Macs with DosDude Mojave Patcher

Sep 27, 2018 - 32 Comments

How to run MacOS Mojave on unsupported Macs

As you may know by now, the list of MacOS Mojave compatible Macs is more strict than previous releases of Mac OS system software, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t install and run macOS Mojave on some unsupported Macs. If you’re an advanced Mac user and you’re reasonably brave (and have adequate backups), then it turns out you might be able to install and run MacOS Mojave on unsupported Mac hardware after all, thanks to a free third party tool from the technical wizard known as “DosDude”.


Essentially the Mojave Patcher Tool creates a modified USB installer drive (similar to the regular Mojave boot installer drive you can make) which you can then use to install not only macOS Mojave on the otherwise unsupported Macs listed below, but also a series of patched macOS Mojave component files that allow it to boot.

Just a quick word of caution: while you may be able to get macOS Mojave running on an unsupported Mac, this is truly only for advanced users who are adventurous. You certainly wouldn’t want to try this on a Mac that you must have performing in an optimal setting at all times, or on your only computer, but if you feel like tinkering around and running macOS Mojave on an unsupported Macintosh computer you can certainly try it out. Because it patches the operating system and installer, not everything is going to work perfectly on all machines – for example, on some machines networking may not work, or an iSight camera may not work, or GPU acceleration may not function – and there could be various bugs, performance quirks, and other theoretical problems with attempting this, but for the truly tech savvy and brave, the Mojave patcher tool and accompanying walkthrough from DosDude can get the job done.

The DosDude website has both a complete tutorial available at the above link, along with the downloadable patcher tool.

Dosdude also produced a YouTube video demonstrating macOS Mojave on a technically unsupported older MacBook Pro 17″ model from 2009, and Mojave actually appears to run pretty well on the machine:

Thanks to the Dosdude website for the screenshot above of the “About This Mac” screen, which is showing Mojave on an older unsupported Mac.

So while the official list of supported Macs for macOS Mojave is pretty strict in comparison, and you can’t just download Mojave and install it on unsupported hardware without the DosDude utility, the unofficial list of Macs that can run the OS through the tool is much more generous as you can see below, with many perfectly good Macs making the cut.

List of Unsupported Macs That Can Run MacOS Mojave with DosDude Mojave Patcher

Unsupported Macs that apparently can use the Mojave patcher to install macOS Mojave include the following:

– Early-2008 or newer Mac Pro, iMac, or MacBook Pro:
– MacPro3,1
– MacPro4,1
– iMac8,1
– iMac9,1
– iMac10,x
– iMac11,x
– iMac12,x
– MacBookPro4,1
– MacBookPro5,x
– MacBookPro6,x
– MacBookPro7,1
– MacBookPro8,x

– Late-2008 or newer MacBook Air or Aluminum Unibody MacBook:
– MacBookAir2,1
– MacBookAir3,x
– MacBookAir4,x
– MacBook5,1

– Early-2009 or newer Mac Mini or white MacBook:
– Macmini3,1
– Macmini4,1
– Macmini5,x
– MacBook5,2
– MacBook6,1
– MacBook7,1

– Early-2008 or newer Xserve:
– Xserve2,1
– Xserve3,1

As you can see, the potential list of Macs that can run Mojave with the assistance of this process is much more thorough than what Apple officially supports. But caveat emptor, as with all software modifications.

Will everything be perfect? Certainly not. Will performance be better than some other versions of Mac OS or Mac OS X? Probably not, it might even be worse. Will everything work exactly as expected, as if it was an official support from Apple? No, probably not. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth pursuing for some Mac users, and perhaps the better features in macOS Mojave are too compelling to not try out by venturing into the waters of

If this sounds appealing to you, then check out the Dosdude tutorial and Mojave patch tool. Just remember this is NOT an official patch or release from Apple, and due to the technical nature of this it isn’t for the faint of heart, you will absolutely need above average technical knowledge, patience, and full backups of the computer, as this is basically a hack that allows Mojave to install and run on hardware that Apple does not support.

There’s obviously no tutorial included here in this post as I haven’t personally tried or tested this yet, but if you do, and you get macOS Mojave running on an older Mac, be sure to let us know in the comments below how well it works, and what your experience was. Personally, my older unsupported Macs are still running Snow Leopard, Mavericks, El Capitan, and Sierra, and only the latest machines will run Mojave for my particular setup, but to each their own, and it’s undoubtedly cool that Dosdude has consistently come up with utilities like this to get various versions of Mac OS system software running on hardware that it wasn’t specifically intended for. It’s your Mac so use it however you like and with whatever operating system software release you like best. Enjoy!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Aldrin says:

    I have a mid air 2011, can I install this way?

  2. FarmerBob says:

    I’ve been using his Patches since Sierra and they work great. They are complete and totally inclusive of everything you’ll need. Very refreshing that I don’t have to hunt down anything that may not be included. The ironic thing is that the “forbidden OS’s” are running far better than the “permitted” ones. This guy is great!!!

    And as always “Migration Assistant” DOES NOT WORK after the fact. Will be trying it along with the install like I was planning on doing, except it would not see any of my backups. That’s worked for me in the past. Had to do an updated Time Machine that was seen but most of the important files that are needed for app support did not transfer. Or will just do an update over my current working OS that was the backup that didn’t get transferred.

  3. Dimeji says:

    The patcher is worth every bit of the hype. The previous versions worked on High Sierra flawlessly, and with the exception of attributes related to Metal, does everything compatible machines do, especially if there is a fast SSD in the machines. One of the best mods, ever. I am running a 17″ MBP from 2008 and it IS running Mojave like a champ. Make a backup of your oldest machine and try it out… then come back and tell us if it is worth it.

  4. moby says:

    I want to see what would happen if you took a Mac with a patched OS to the Apple Store and told them that you have issues with the OS.

  5. Michael says:

    Install on Mac Pro 3,1 went great. However, seem to have lost 2nd monitor support with my upgraded NVidia GeForce 8800 GT card.

  6. Lee says:

    It works, I can confirm it on a 2008 20″ iMac, very fast, only thing not supported is WiFi. Also installed on a 2010 Macbook, everything supported very fast. I installed a patch from the patch updater yesterday, after that had a problem booting. I zapped the PRAM three times, after that back to normal. What I am waiting for is to see if it still boots after 10.14.1 is installed, after you boot from USB again and rerun the Mac OS Patcher, if that works then its going on my 2011 Mac Mini too. Apple, dont limit things like this to sell more hardware, dont you have enough money already?

    • Liam says:

      Going by the ‘Sierra’ and ‘High Sierra’ patches I’ve been running on my MacPro 3,1s updates run without any problem. Although in my case, I typically need to wait a day or two for the NVIDIA pascal drivers to be updated.

  7. Dariusz says:

    Just upgraded 15 inch late 2008 MBP 5.1.
    Everything works better then ever !
    It is much faster and looks great also :)

  8. Rob in Katy says:

    I think I am going to give it a shot later this week. I have a couple that don’t require patches that I am going to do first. Sounds like he disables the GPU that is dead in my 17″ BMP to work anyway, so win-win because mine died earlier this year after a $700 repair.

  9. Oldmanmac says:

    Have tried all of the dosdude patches, all perform nicely. The Mojave Patch illuminates Apple as being greedy and AGEIST!

    A large segment of the Mac community of users are well over 55 years old, many are retired on a fixed income. Soon, many will be forced to purchase newer hardware to use the current and pending OS iterations.

    FYI! Mojave runs PERFECTLY on a mid-10 iMac AFPS partition HDD with High Sierra on the HFS partition. The early 09 Minis w/SSD (HFS ONLY on the early 09 Minis) 8GB RAM are more nimble than El Capitan on Mojave but require USB WI-FI.(EDIMAX EW-7822ULC works great w/the Sierra drivers found on their website) Mojave becomes quite calm after a SMC reset, PRAM zap and command-S restart. The visual anomalies are diminished by selecting LCD font smoothing in General and Reduce motion, Increase contrast in Accessibility>Display from the System Preferences.

    SHAME on Apple for STEALING from grandpas wallet and grannies purse, exploiting their loyalty and trust for a few dollars more.

    Apple is a telephone maker, computers are a burden for them.

    SAD.

    • Rob in Katy says:

      His patch worked great on the initial install. Not sure if it was my freaky 2011 MBPro with glitched graphics card, but I get a hard fault after trying the beta. I may try all the resets and see what happens.

  10. bwaje says:

    Will I be able to make updates to this tricky Mojave install later ? in other words, do the system or app updates from Apple risk to be blocked in the future ?

    • Robert M says:

      The later versions of DosDudes High Sierra patcher worked fine with updates via the App store. Since Mojave now utilizes a different software update mechanism via Preferences instead of the App store, it remains to be seen how Mojave updates will work with the patcher in the future, but other non-macOS related updates are appearing perfectly. I get the feeling the new update mechanism will be less troublesome overall, which is why Apple probably switched in the first place. In any case DosDude is very resourceful. If an issue arises, based on my prior experiences, he is very likely fix it and release an update to the Mojave patcher. I would not be too concerned. P.S. Remember to support & donate!

  11. Robert M says:

    I’ve been using DosDudes patches on various machines with Sierra, High Sierra, and now Mojave. He is incredibly talented, publishes timely updates, and is very responsive to feedback and suggestions. I hope everyone that downloads his programs will be kind enough to leave him a generous donation for his time and efforts! There is a PayPal donation link on his download page. Enjoy!

  12. Kris says:

    I did the install and all of a sudden the colors are funny like what’s supposed to be blue is like yellow orange. And all colors look whack. Any fixes on this?

    • OliverTwist says:

      Yes, I have same issue, too, on my Mid-2010 iMac 27″. It is due to ATI Radeon HD 5— and 6— video cards that can’t handle Metal software. Hopefully, somebody would write the patch to fix this issue as I am not ready to replace my 9-year-old iMac with newer one.

  13. OliverTWist says:

    I installed the patcher and Mojave on my Mid-2010 MacBook Pro 17″, and I was very enthalled with smoother video playback on VLC app. Everything works beautifully as usual.

    However, I had a serious issue with my Mid-2010 iMac 27″ with ATI Radeon HD 5750. After flawless installation and patches, the display showed weird colour substitution and was really giving me lot of headache. All blue colours were substituted with orange and such. Disappointed, I reverted my iMac back to High Sierra. I will wait until somebody figured a way to patch the video issue.

    • Oldmanmac says:

      On a mid-2010 21.5″ iMac with the ATI Radeon HD4670 in FHD the image is better than El Capitan. Movies played with IINA are sharp and clear even served off the hdd. Mojave also runs perfectly on a ’08 Aluminum Macbook with SSD, the wi-fi works unchanged.

      Hopefully, everyone used the latest installer patch to build their installer drive?

    • lupa says:

      I also tried to install on iMac mid 2011 21.5 but same problem, colors are reversed blu->orange and orange->blu, very strange, AMD radeon hd 6750m

      • lupa says:

        Known issues:

        – AMD Radeon HD 5xxx/6xxx series GPU acceleration:

        Weird colors will also be produced when running Mojave with one of these video cards installed/enabled.

  14. macMoja says:

    I attempted using macOS Mojave Patcher v1.2.2, downloaded Mojave as instructed, created the USB installer however after rebooting the USB installer could not be seen. There’s no way to boot from it at all, any ideas?

    • macMoja says:

      Sorry I forgot to mention this is on a Late 2008 (MacBookPro5,1).

      • Oldmanmac says:

        If the flash drive containing the Mojave installer utility doesn’t show up after a restart >hold option, try another USB-2 flash drive.

        Note – The built-in patcher just issued a Blue-tooth patch for the 09 Minis and the mid-10 iMac, haven’t checked on the late-08 Alum MacBook. Restart req’d.

        These old patched machines are now more stable than they were in Mavericks or Yosemite.

  15. Mike says:

    Installed on iMac 20 inch, Early 2009. Boots up fine and runs but display brightness cannot be adjusted and is stuck at about 50%. Really test it out being so dim. Any ideas?

  16. alessio ferraro says:

    Installed on Macpro 3,1. Works fine, but I lost support for the second monitor. I tried with a couple of Nvidia Geforce 8800 GT, but it works only main monitor. Any suggestion?

  17. Karl Butler says:

    I I stalled this a couple of weeks ago on my 27 mid 2011 but with the graphics card being an AMD 5/6 the colours where strange. Does any one k own if this has been resolved yet? Took me nearly a full day to get back to high Sierra as my time capsule decided to stop working.

    That’s why I have a back up of my back up πŸ˜†

  18. Karl Butler says:

    I Installed this a couple of weeks ago on my 27 mid 2011 but with the graphics card being an AMD 5/6 the colours where strange. Does any one know if this has been resolved yet? Took me nearly a full day to get back to high Sierra as my time capsule decided to stop working.

    That’s why I have a back up of my back up πŸ˜†

  19. Topher says:

    I’m curious – if I create bootable media the “old fashioned” way (via terminal) by using:

    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/(Volumename) –nointeraction –downloadassets

    …is there a way to just run your patch on the already created bootable USB?

  20. Patrick says:

    I have installed this patch, and I’m very happy with this, Thank you very much for that.
    But, on my Macpro 5.1 the brightnescontrol (F2 and F3) is not working anymore. Also my original Apple screen is not recognized.
    I see at the Macwebsite/discussions, I’m not the only one with this problem.
    I supposed it has to do with the videocard HD5750?
    On the other side I’m double happy because now I can use NVME express cards.

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