Bootloader that helps you set up your own Hackintosh by preparing macOS to run on regular PCs, serving as an alternative to the popular Clover
If you’re a fan of macOS but not Macs, or at least Apple’s pricing for them, you might have considered building a Hackintosh at some point. While installing macOS on a regular PC is entirely feasible, it’s far from simple, and it requires specific hardware for everything to work properly.
OpenCore won’t make the process any simpler than Clover, the most popular bootloader at the moment. Quite the opposite, actually. Since the project is still relatively new, everything has to be done manually, and community support for newcomers isn’t as extensive.
So, why choose OpenCore over Clover? There are a few reasons. First off, it should be more secure, as it doesn’t require you to disable System Integrity Protection, and it supports Filevault encryption. Second, it has a clean codebase, it is faster to boot, and less patching should be required between macOS updates. Kext injection is also improved, and you can expect better support for bugs in the future. Lastly, it doesn’t rely on outdated code, which makes Clover patches less likely to work with future major macOS releases.
If you’re determined to get started, you can go ahead and download one of the OpenCore releases. The ‘Release’ version is what most people will want, while the ‘Debug’ version is suitable for debugging boot issues but increases boot times.
As far as the actual installation process is concerned, it is far too complex to explain here, so go ahead and read the developer’s documentation or more accessible third-party resources like Dortania’s OpenCore Install Guide. It’s not simple, and you’ll need to learn a lot along the way, but you should end up with a stable, long-lasting macOS install if everything goes smoothly.