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How to Install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox on AMD Systems

Install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox on AMD Systems

Install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox on AMD Systems

The next huge update for Mac “macOS Catalina” is out now with public beta letting everyone try hands-on on their Macs. For Mac users, it’s as easy as installing a simple application. The downloading procedure is as simple as visiting Apple’s developer program. From there, they could download and open the installer file and continue with a few prompts. Once it’s finished, the software update will automatically search the installer, prompt you to download. Click on Upgrade Now to catch up downloading, and after it’s done, installing macOS Catalina is a matter of a few clicks. Congrats, you’ve done it. Here’s how to Install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox on AMD Systems.

But if you’re a Windows user who would like to try out, you’ve always the way open to it similar to what we’ve done with previous versions. Similar to installing Mojave on VMware and Mojave on VirtualBox, you can also install macOS Catalina on VMware or install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox. The process isn’t much tricky since we’ve created the macOS Catalina VMware & VirtualBox image files to different forms and uploaded to servers, so there’s isn’t much you’d need to do. Simply download the image and start with installing macOS Catalina on VMware or Catalina on VirtualBox.

But that doesn’t work always as it’s supposed to since Apple doesn’t support installing macOS on non-Apple hardware. So installing macOS Catalina or previous versions on a Windows computer are likely to encounter problems, no matter whether you’re installing Catalina on VMware or on VirtualBox or installing actually on your Hackintosh PC. The problems can appear in every stage and sometime you might end up without installation. We’ve already some of the problems and we’re stepping to help you solve every problem you might encounter.

Installing macOS Catalina on a Windows computer may be a little problematic however, there’s a difference between installing macOS Catalina on an Intel system and installing macOS Catalina on an AMD system. The reason there’s a difference between the installation of these two CPUs is the differences between these two. Like a tiny difference which matters for installing macOS is hardware acceleration enabled. While this feature is always enabled on AMD systems, it’s often disabled with Intel systems. But there are way bigger differences than this tiny variation. These differences make the installation different at least a little different.

Sometimes these difference make huge problems for installing macOS that even kick out from the installation. Like for now, you can’t install macOS Catalina on VMware on AMD systems instead you can install on VirtualBox. But that doesn’t mean every installation instructions would work for you. For installing macOS on AMD, there’s a little trick aside from the actual installation which works for Intel users. The change is small but will provide you the results. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox on AMD system.

Step One: Apply Commands For The Virtual Machine

Like I said, installing macOS on Intel systems isn’t much different from installing AMD systems. In fact, the Catalina installation process we’ve walked you through works perfectly for Intel users but also works for AMD users, except the step five that a simple command they’ve to apply an additional command which we’ll do here.

All right! If you’re installing macOS Catalina newly, you may install macOS Catalina but for applying commands, you may use this instruction. I’m talking of AMD users.

With the virtual machine created and configured, you’re now ready to apply some commands specifically for AMD computer.

For this process, open CodeforAMD and press Ctrl + H. On the screen, now type “Your Virtual Machine Name” in the first Find What blank and on the second Replace with blank, write down your virtual machine name exactly without any difference. In my case, I’d write macOS Catalina.
When you’re done, click Replace All. It will replace all the typos which are indicating to enter your virtual machine name.

Replace Commands

Now, without saving it, open Commands Prompt.

Open Command Prompt

On there, copy and paste the first line of the commands which should seem like this.

Apply Commands

After you’ve done that, copy and paste the rest of the commands and hit Enter.

Apply Commands

Step Two: Install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox on AMD System

That makes all set! Just power on the virtual machine and wait.

Start Catalina

When the screen appeared, immediately press Esc and type “install.nsh” to start the installation.


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The macOS Catalina is now installing on VirtualBox, wait for it.


When the installation finished, the virtual machine will reboot, but this time it will boot into an actual installation where you’ll need to personalize, create your account and more.


With setting up everything, the macOS Catalina will be successfully installed.

macOS Catalina Running on VirtualBox

The result is on the screen in front of you. Hope that works. If there’s something you’d like to tell us, we’re happy to hear.

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