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How to install Remix OS on Mac

With special thank to Mayank Kumar from Dexteroid who has prepared the tutorial article and video. We have modified the layout of the tutorial article here as to maintain a consistency with the rest of tutorials. 

You can find the original article and video here and here

 

You will need the followings:

UNetbootin is the only application available for Mac to make a bootable USB drive so, we are going to use this application for this tutorial.

If you want to dual boot operating systems on your Mac then you will need to install rEFInd boot manager utility. It can auto detect installed EFI boot loaders and gives you a pretty GUI with boot options. This tool will allow you to dual-boot Remix OS alongside your Mac OS without any hassle.

 

Step-by-step Guide

Step one: Creating partition on Mac Drive or SSD

If you want to install Remix OS on external hard drive or on a USB stick then you can skip this step. And if you are trying to install remix OS on the internal drive of your Mac then you should follow along.

  1.  On your Mac, press CMD + Shift to open Spotlight.
  2.  Search for Disk Utility and open it.
  3.  Now, choose your Mac Drive and click on the partition.
  4.  Click on “+” sign, give it a size of 20 GB or more and give it a name like ROS.
  5.  Now choose the format as MS-DOS.
  6.  Hit on Apply.

Step two: Creating Remix OS Bootable Drive

You can manually make a bootable Drive for Remix OS using the terminal on your Mac, however, it is better to use UNetbootin to make the process easier.

Open up the UNetboot application by double clicking on the UNetbootin icon. On the new version of Mac OS it might not open on Double Click so instead Right Click on the icon and choose Open, this should open the application.

  1. Open UNetbootin.
  2. Choose Disk Image and browse the Remix OS ISO file.
  3. Leave the type to “USB Drive”.
  4. In Drive, choose your USB Drive or the Internal Partition. If you have created a single partition on your Mac Drive as explained in this tutorial your partition drive should be disk0s4. For USB Drive it should be something disk1s1.
  5. Now, click OK to continue the process.

Step three: Installing rEFInd Boot Manager

Even though this utility is a boon for people like us which help us to use multiple OSes on our Mac it is kinda pain in the arse to install, not because of rEFInd sucks but ’cause APPLE! Duh! (Not Really?)

Step four: Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

It’s a security feature that prevents anything from modifying files and folder on your Mac. It restricts root user account and limits the actions a root user can perform. This security feature comes in OS X El Capitan and later version of Mac OS.  So, if you are running an older version of Mac OS then you don’t need to worry about it.

  1. Power off your Mac.
  2. Press the power button to turn on your Mac.
  3. As soon as you hear the startup sound press CMD + R to go into recovery.
  4. Once you enter in the recovery, go to Utilities and choose Terminal.
  5. Once you open the Terminal, type this command and hit Enter
    srutil disable
  6. Once it’s done, restart your Mac.

Step five: To Install rEFInd

  1. Open the Terminal.
  2. Open rEFInd folder on the other side.
  3. Now, drag-and-drop refind-install file on the terminal.
  4. Hit Enter to install it.

Now we are ready to install Remix OS on our Mac. Finally!

Step Six: Installing Remix OS

As we have completed all the necessary steps we are ready to install Remix OS alongside our Mac OS.

  1. Power off your Mac completely, No restart!
  2. Now Power on your Mac.
  3. You will see rEFInd boot manager with some boot options. Choose the one which has 3 circle icon.
  4. It will take you to the installation menu. Here choose Resident Mode and Press E to edit boot commands.
  5. Replace the following code
    DATA= USB_DATA_PARTITION=1
    with

    DATA= CREATE_DATA_IMG=1 DPI=265
  6. Now, press F10 to continue the boot. The process will take about 10-20 mins so be patient.
  7. Congratulations! You have installed Remix OS on your Mac.

 

Bon Voyage!

 

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