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Today I will tell you how to install macOS Mojave or other fresh macOS on an unsupported Mac using the Mojave Patcher Tool. This utility is available for free. You can see more information and patcher updates here on a dosdude site.

Once the Mojave installer has finished downloading, select the Mojave icon in the macOS Mojave Patcher window. Select your Mojave installer and click open Now, select your volume by clicking the dropdown menu under the picture of a hard drive. Hi, i want to install mojave on my 2009 MBP and when i try to create the bootable usb using dosdude1´s patcher utility i get this error: What can i do to fix it? I tried re-downloading Mojave, restarting my mac, im trying to create the usb for another mac on my M1 MBA, maybe that is the cause of the error? Should i try doing it on another mac?

Attention! Do not forget! You carry out all actions with the computer and the program at your own peril and risk! No one is responsible for damage to your computer or loss of data except you! If you have crooked hands, do not grab it!

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Devices Supported

Early-2008 or newer Mac Pro, iMac, or MacBook Pro:

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  • MacPro3,1
  • MacPro 4.1
  • iMac8.1
  • iMac9.1
  • iMac10, x
  • iMac11, x (systems with AMD Radeon HD 5xxx and 6xxx series GPUs will be almost unusable when running Mojave. More details are located in the Known Issues section below.)
  • iMac12, x (systems with AMD Radeon HD 5xxx and 6xxx series GPUs will be almost unusable when running Mojave. More details are located in the Known Issues section below.)
  • MacBookPro 4.1
  • MacBookPro5, x
  • MacBookPro6, x
  • MacBookPro 7.1
  • MacBookPro8, x

Late-2008 or newer MacBook Air or Aluminum Unibody MacBook:

  • MacBookAir2.1
  • MacBookAir3, x
  • MacBookAir4, x
  • MacBook 5.1

Early-2009 or newer Mac Mini or white MacBook:

  • Macmini 3.1
  • Macmini 4.1
  • Macmini5, x
  • MacBook 5.2
  • MacBook 6.1
  • MacBook 7.1

Early-2008 or newer Xserve:

  • Xserve2.1
  • Xserve3.1

Devices that ARE NOT Supported

2006-2007 Mac Pros, iMacs, MacBook Pros, and Mac Minis:

  • MacPro1,1
  • MacPro2,1
  • iMac4.1
  • iMac5, x
  • iMac 6.1
  • iMac7.1
  • MacBookPro1,1
  • MacBookPro2, x
  • MacBookPro3.1
  • Macmini1,1
  • Macmini 2.1
  • The 2007 iMac 7.1 is compatible if the CPU is upgraded to a Penryn-based Core 2 Duo, such as a T9300

2006-2008 MacBooks:

  • MacBook1.1
  • MacBook 2.1
  • MacBook 3.1
  • MacBook 4.1
  • 2008 MacBook Air (MacBookAir 1.1)

What Do you Need?

A copy of the macOS Mojave Installer App. This can be obtained from the Mac App Store using a machine that supports Mojave, or by using the built-in downloading feature of the tool. In the Menu Bar, simply select “Tools -> Download macOS Mojave …

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How to Install macOS Mojave with Mojave Patcher Tool?

  • Insert a suitable USB flash drive, open Disk Utility and format it in OS X Extended(journal);
  • Open “macOS Mojave Patcher” and specify the path to your macOS Mojave installer;
  • Select your flash drive in the list of devices and click “Start”;
  • After the operation is complete, restart your Mac with the Option (Alt) button pressed, select your USB flash drive in the boot menu;
  • Install macOS on the selected drive partition;
  • When the installation process is complete, reboot the device by selecting the installer disk to boot. After that, open the macOS Post Install application;
  • In the application window, select your Mac model. You will be offered the best patches based on the selected model. You can also mark other patches as desired;
  • Select the partition on which macOS Mojave was installed, and click Patch. When the process is complete, click “Reboot”;
  • Rebuilding the cache before rebooting the system may take some time! Note: If for some reason the system does not work correctly after rebooting, restart your Mac with the Option (Alt) button pressed, select the installer disk in the boot menu, then run the Post Install patch again and select the “Force Cache Rebuild” option. Then reboot the device;
  • When the Mac reboots, it will launch a fully working version of macOS Mojave.


When you install the system using the macOS Post Install tool, a program called Patch Updater (Applications/Utilities folder) will appear on your Mac. This app will inform you about patch updates available for your device and offer to install them.

Updating the firmware on a Mac Pro isn't difficult, but it is possible to 'miss' firmware upgrades. This guide is for anyone looking to get to the latest (and most likely last) firmware released for the Mac Pro 5,1s, without having to install Mojave 10.14.x, or if you already have installed Mojave, or are looking to install Mojave. My first try, my firmware was stuck at even when running Mojave 10.14.6. Updating the firmware adds key funcitonality to the Mac Pro 5,1s, most notably native NVMe m.2 boot support. To learn more about Firmware and the Mac Pro 5,1s, see the Firmware Upgrades section of my Mac Pro Upgrade Guide.

Step 0: Remove unsupported GPUs

The biggest change for macOS Mojave is the deprecation of OpenGL and OpenCL. OpenGL has been a thorn in Apple's side for quite some time, as it's been nearly dead for years. Vulkan, the OpenGL successor, wasn't quite ready for primetime when Apple originally created Metal for iOS and thus decided to port it macOS. Despite the annoyingness of having to meet the requirements, it was a necessary evil. Mojave will not install if you have a non-metal supported GPU.

Note: some users are reporting they had to remove all PCIe cards sans their storage controller (SATA card) and GPU to install the firmware update. I did not. If you encounter issues, try removing additional PCIe cards.


Step 1: Have a 10.13 drive

Unfortunately, this is the biggest pain if you've already updated. You'll need a separate volume to boot into 10.13. Amazon and Newegg each have 120 GB SSDs for under $20 USD if you need a temporary drive to install macOS 10.13 on. (upside is you can buy a USB case and turn into a very fast USB 3.0 drive afterward or return it). You can get old versions of macOS via the Mac using DosDude1's installer if you can't access it. If you have no intention to upgrade to Mojave or already have it installed., don't worry. We won't be installing Mojave.

Step 2: Boot 10.13

The next step is pretty straight forward, boot into your install of macOS 10.13 if you haven't already.

Step 3: Download 10.14.6 Combined installer

Fortunately, firmware flashing does not require updating in a particular order. I went from to without any problems. There's several avenues for this, including the Mac App store, but when I used the Mac App Store route, I didn't get the combined OS installer (The Mojave installer + all the updates to Mojave). The easiest way to obtain the final combined update for Mojave is to use Dosdude1's installer. Much like before, download the OS DosDude1's installer, even though we have supported hardware but with the patcher for 10.13.

Note: You do not need to use the DosDude1 installer, as you can grab the update via the App store or other sources but I found this easy. Apparently this link was posted this on MacRumors and a few posters didn't read the full instructions and suggested that I was advocating using DOSdude1 on the OS. I am not. The Mac Pro 4,1/5.1 does not need DOSDude1, so do not run the patcher on Mojave.

  1. Go to DOSdude1 Mojave patcher and download it
  2. Launch the patcher.

    Depending on your security settings, your mac may suggest it's from an unverified developer. Go to the system prefs, Security and Privacy (general), and allow the app to open.

    You'll be bugged one last time.

  3. The patcher should warn you that you are on supported hardware.

    This is fine, ignore the message. Within the patcher, select the download Mojave from the Tools menu.

Step 4: Launch the installer and click shut down

The installer should bring up a message about firmware and a shutdown message. This will not start the Mojave installer, only the firmware.

Step 5: Boot the Mac

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Using the instructions in the previous image, press and hold the button until it blinks. If you do not have an EFI enabled GPU (see more about EFI in my Mac Pro Upgrade guide), you will not see any video output.

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I trimmed down the video, as it took about 15 seconds of holding before the button flashed. After the button flashed, the internal speaker emmitted a long lowfi 'boop' sound.

Step 5: Verify

Go to About this Mac, and click system report. Under the first screen, look for the 'Boot Rom' text. This should list your firmware version. From here, you can continue using 10.13.6, upgrade, or boot to your 10.14 volume.

The firmware works with any version of macOS your Mac Pro supports.

Updated: November 13th, 2019 MacRumors feedback

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Updated: November 4th, 2019 based on Feedback from Mac Pro Users user group on Facebook.