Experiment & Explore Fedora Linux on Mac with UTM

Dec 30, 2023 - 1 Comment

Run Linux on a Mac with UTM

Running Linux on a Mac can be a big ordeal, but not with virtualization. By using UTM, you can run Linux in a virtual machine atop MacOS, contained entirely within an app. This allows you to explore and experiment with Linux, without having to go through any complex installation process or setup, it’s just a matter of downloading a preconfigured virtual machine and launching it with UTM. It’s as easy as it gets.

If you’re looking to experiment with running Linux on a Mac, but you don’t want the significant commitment that involves running Fedora Linux on an Apple Silicon Mac which formats your Mac to remove macOS and install Linux instead, then UTM and a virtual machine is a good alternative.

How to Run Fedora Linux on a Mac Right Away with UTM

  1. Download UTM for Mac if you have not done so already, it is free from Github or GetUTM
  2. Install UTM by placing it in the /Applications folder
  3. Next, go to the UTM gallery to download Fedora here as a preconfigured virtual machine
  4. Open the Fedora.utm file you find in the Downloads folder and it will launch into UTM
  5. Select the Fedora VM and click the Play button to start the VM
  6. How to start the VM

  7. Login with “Fedora” and the password is ‘fedora’ without quotation marks
  8. Enjoy playing around with the Linux virtual machine, it’s segregated from the rest of MacOS so you can’t really break anything on your Mac by playing around in Linux, so have fun
  9. Run Linux on a Mac with UTM

Fedora Linux is a popular linux distribution, so you will get to experiment with the operating system that gets wide usage among Linux users.

Running Fedora Linux on UTM

You can pause and stop UTM virtualization sessions and return to them at any time too, making it easy to explore and learn about new OS’s like linux.

Fedora Linux on a Mac with UTM

There are many other operating systems you can run virtualized with UTM, including running Windows 11 on a Mac in UTM, and even macOS Sonoma beta (or final) in UTM.

Do you use virtual machines and UTM? What do you think about using linux on a Mac with a virtualized environment?


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Posted by: Ali Khan in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Lars Carlberg says:

    Hi, I’m an old Amiga fan. Is it possible to run Amiga Os on my Mac? Can I access floppy disk drives in an easy way?

    Use my old hard drive?

    Linux is great but I have some things I would like to do with my old Amiga files.


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