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

Sep 27, 2018 - 56 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.

  21. Clee says:

    I don’t mean to be a killjoy, especially considering I myself would love to utilise these patches, but has anyone considered the risks in terms of opening yourself up to being hacked / backdoors by running a patched OS? The OS is the foundation of your system security, so running a patched version of it essentially places a significant amount of trust in the patch developer, to not have deliberately (or accidentally) compromised the security in such a way that your system could be more easily hacked.

    Interested to know what research others have done on this regard and whether or not there are verifiable reasons why this is not an issue in this case. E.g. is the code for the patching open source and has it been vetted by the development community?

    • ibrs says:

      This is a very valid concern and I think everyone should consider it. With that said, Dosdude has long been a reliable contributor to the Mac community and he’s conversational so if you wish to reach out to him directly with your security questions then it is reasonable to do so. How exactly does the patch work? I believe the Unsupported Mojave Mac install patch works by basically adding support drivers from older MacOS release to MacOS Mojave, probably kernel extensions and so forth for video cards, but this is a guess and not certain.

      But yes as always, caveat emptor! It’s the internet after all!

      Security is important! When in doubt, ask. Still doubt, skip.

  22. KSilva says:

    I successfully installed Mojave on my early 2011 Macbook Pro. After a while I decided that it was better to stay with macOS High Sierra. So, I went ahead and tried to recover from my timemachine backup but it failed. I kept getting a message that the connection was lost (even though I have a physical connection directly to the backup drive). I even did a clean install of the latest macOS High Sierra and tried migration assistant to migrate my old profile but that one fails too in this case I get a “migration unexpectedly quit try again later”.
    Does anyone have any clue what’s going on. I just want to recover my old system.

  23. Alex says:

    Guys I’m always stuck on “Restoring image…”
    The bar never progresses. I tried it with different usb to no avail. Any suggestions???

  24. Reza says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    None of these patches works on my MacBookPro early 2011 and on my Mac mini 2007
    Do you have an operational solution which really works???
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Yours sincerely
    Reza

  25. Mansoor says:

    After running 10.14 can you not get updates from App store or you can’t run the updates and must use the app patcher update?

    • Paul says:

      If you’re using this unofficial patch, you can get the software updates from the Software Update control panel but it’s best to wait a while to make sure there are no major problems. And always backup so you can restore if it does not work.

      Remember this unofficial patch for Mojave is not supported by Apple, DosDude does this work on his own time and it’s a big effort!

  26. Franz says:

    Tested on:

    MacBook Pro 15″ – 8.2 – Late 2011 A1286 – Mojave perfect installation and functionality

    MacBook Pro 15″ – 8.2 – Early 2011 A1286 – Install, reboot, apply patch, reboot, charge boot at 50% then stop (never arrive at login)

    Both have Intel Graphic HD 3000

    • Franz says:

      MacBook Pro 15β€³ – 8.2 – Early 2011 A1286

      If install, reboot and not apply patch graphic card, Mojave boot regularly, but if i click on screensaver, crash and reboot, also with photoshop cc. Problem is kexts video?!…in MacBook Pro 15β€³ – 8.2 – Late 2011 A1286 all ok !

  27. Roccoxav says:

    Hi !

    I’m running Mojave 10.14 on a MacBook Air Mi-2011 with the DosDude Method.

    It works perfectly, but I can’t update the system to 10.14.1.

    Is there a waiting patch in progress, or is it normal ?

    For those who are using this method, can you make the update ?

    Thanks !

    Cheers

    • Bas says:

      Updated to 10.14.1 failed to boot Mojave. I tried to repatch all the drivers. Unfortunately the patch on the installer did not fix the boot problem.

      • Cecil says:

        Same here. MacBook Pro Early 2011 2.0ghz model with a practically brand new SSD installed. 10.14.1 will not boot. Install gets stuck at 99.9% on progress bar. When trying to reboot it gives me the dreaded “no hard drive” or “do not enter” sign. Patched 10.14 works great though. Think I’ll go back to High Sierra and suck it up. If I’m going to go through this I would rather build a hackintosh. Apple has me by the short hairs. Probably replacing my 2011 iMac 27 with a new Mac mini and grabbing a new MBPro. Thanks for melting me credit card Apple. Really appreciate it.

    • Arif Rachman says:

      aahh… I’m not alone. stay away from 10.14.1

      I’m thinking of creating high sierra installer and keep it just in case.

  28. Arif Rachman says:

    I used the patch since the second or third day of the mojave release. today there is that 10.14.1 udpate, funny the notification came from system preference and not app store. maybe I’m not that familiar with Mac anyways. Then after the update, my MBP 2010 kept restarting on progress bar. I had to do the internet recovery and back to right before the update. I checked the patch for update but no update yet. So I suggest if you find the update, stay away from it just yet

    • Olad says:

      @Arif Rachman. If you are not familiar with Macs, you shouldn’t be trying to run Mojave on an unsupported Mac, if yours is one. If you DO want to do so, spend some time reading the intros, caveats, and instructions at dosdude1.com/mojave and there shouldn’t be a hitch. He has gone out of his way to make it as painless as possible, and does tell you that you need to disable SIP. Most of us who have opted to use his patches (since Sierra) know the risks and do so anyway. The reward is running Mojave on 2008 laptops, and flawlessly too.

  29. Richard Kazimer says:

    Successful initial install of latest version on a Mac Mini 5.1 (2011) via USB flash drive. However, upon 2nd restart while holding option key to install patches, the Mac does not reboot, shows nothing on screen, and shuts down after a minute or less. Rebooting without holding option key shows circle/line icon and also shuts down after a minute.

  30. Stratis Georgiou says:

    Nice hack, Apple deserves this sort of reply to its resentful stance. Now, could we also see sometime a more useful patch that would allow a present-day Apple machine run smoothly Snow Leopard? For me this would be an real incentive to buy the wonderful MacBook Air.

  31. Perry says:

    Successful installed the latest version on a MacbookPro (Late 2011) via USB flash drive.

    The thing is:
    the system work very slow..
    and when i open any video…forget about it..the computer get so slow and the video play in frames..picture after picture just like that..

    same when I open the web and play some videos or flashes..
    Do you think that something can be done?
    BTW this was the first time I installed the OSX with the new apple file system..maybe that’s the problem?

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