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How to Install Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11 on VMware?

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Everyone wants to try the interesting Mac OS due to its great features but this is very difficult to do even after a lot of trying. This fantastic OS is either interesting to experience nor full of enjoyment features like latest apps, games or other working with it. The full installation of Mac OS on VMware is the best way to try this operating system and learn everything about Mac you’ve heard or seen, its not as hard as you think because in this guide I will show you how to install Mac OS X El Capitan on VMware, you can use this on VMware like using it on a computer then if you like to install it on your computer so we can help you install it by our next tutorial, let’s start.

Install Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11 on Vmware

There are several kinds or versions of Mac OS X, as we have talked about installing about Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks….

Before starting the installation, you need to download Mac OS El Capitan iso image and unlocker 208 from the links below.

Download Mac OS El Capitan(Google Drive)

Download Mac OS El Capitan(Utorrent)

unlocker208

After the downloading finished, extract them then install VMware from here, that’s ok if you have installed before.

1. Open Unlocker 208 then navigate to win-install and Run as Administrator.

Unlocker208
Unlocker208

2. Now open VMware and click on File>New Virtual Machine(Ctrl+N) then select Typical(Recommended) and click Next.

New VM wizard

3. Select I will install the operating system later and click Next.

Install Later

4. Now select Apple Mac OS X from operating system then select OS X 10.11 from version and click Next.

Guest OS

5. Name the virtual machine then select a location to install and click Next.

Name the VM

6. Specify the disk space then select Store virtual disk as a single file and click Next.

Disk Space
Disk Space

7. The virtual machine is ready to use now, click Customize if you want to add or remove something then click Finish to create the virtual machine.

Customize

 

8. When the virtual machine created, click on Edit virtual machine settings.

Note: Don’t start the virtual machine before the installation completes successfully otherwise the virtual machine installation will be failed then you have to do the steps from the first.

Edit VM

9. Navigate to Hard Disk then click Remove. After the Hard Disk removed click on Add then select Hard Disk and click Next.

VM Settings
VM Settings

10. Here you don’t do anything, let all the settings by default just click Next.

 

Disk type

 

11. Now choose use an existing virtual disk then click Next.

 

Select disk
Select disk

 

12. Click browse and choose the VMDK file from the extracted folder of downloaded Mac OS iso image and click Finish.

Select an existing disk
Select an existing disk

After finishing, you will be asked for converting the virtual disk, select keep existing format.

14. Now go to folder in which the virtual machine was created then navigate to the VMware virtual machine(vmx) and open it with Notepad.

Edit VM Files

15. Scroll down to the end and type Smc.version = “0” then press Ctrl+S to save it.

Enter Command
Enter Command

Now run the Mac OS X 10.11  virtual machine in VMware, it will start successfully then wait a minute to let Mac OS start.

Setting up Mac in VMware

1. When the virtual machine started, choose your country, if it wasn’t there then click on show all and select your country then click Continue.

Welcome

2. Now select a keyboard layout, and click Continue.

Keyboard Layout

3. Choose Don’t transfer any information now then click Continue.

Transfer Information

4. Click Enable location services on this Mac because it will help improve abilities in your Mac.

Enable Location Services

5. Sign in with your Apple ID to use iCloud, iTunes, App Store, iMessage etc or choose don’t sign in then Click Continue.

If you don’t have Apple ID then here how to create an Apple ID without a credit card?

Sign in with Apple ID

6. Click on Agree.

Agree to Terms Conditions

7. Now personalize your Mac by filling out the details according to yourself then click Continue.

Create a Computer Account

After continuing, wait a moment to set up your account then it will be started.

OS El Capitan on VMware

That’s all about installing and settings up Mac OS X 10.11 on VMware.

If you have any question, suggestion, idea for improvement regarding this, feel free to ask us or check out this article which might solve your problem.

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162 replies on “How to Install Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11 on VMware?”

help it says

Mac OS X is not supported with binary translation. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Player supports Intel VT-x or AMD-V.

not loading

I have the same error with displaying as follows. Please help me to solve this immmediately…..
VMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0)
vcpu-0:VERIFY vmcore/vmm/main/physMem_monitor.c:1178

A log file is available in “C:\Users\User\Documents\Virtual Machines\OS X 10.11\vmware.log”.

You can request support.

To collect data to submit to VMware support, choose “Collect Support Data” from the Help menu.

You can also run the “vm-support” script in the Workstation folder directly.

We will respond on the basis of your support entitlement.

Thanks for your feedback, Ok, do you have completed successfully all the steps before that? If yes, then check out those once more or try doing the process again.

Do you use an AMD platform? I had the same problem on an AMD host and I found out that the vDisk image can’t run on AMD hosts with AMD-V activated.
You have to use an Intel platform with Intel-VT activated.

Best VMware mac OS El Capitan tutorial. Everything worked perfectly except that I cant use it on full screen even if I click the full screen mode. It doesnt cover the whole screen. Does anybody know how to fix that?Do I have to install VMware tools or something?

Thanks for your feedback bro, I think it shouldn’t need any password because I haven’t set it, you can try using this:- Pass123, and if it doesn’t worked then comment here , I will help you to reset it easily. Thanks 😉

Ok then let me make an article of reseting mac os forgotten password, I will try to make the article as soon as possibe. Hope you would follow our articles for reseting it.

I am sorry for that I couldn’t do it quickly now because it needs some steps which can be done in an article easily step by step. I hope you would be calm and I would do my best to complete the reseting article as soon as possible.

I have a problem running this vm, i have done all the steps correctly yet it keeps saying operating system not found, i have also made sure that Intel – V is enabled in the BIOS, any help ??

Thanks for your feedback, if you have done correctly all steps I recommend you to watch the video once and I think you haven’t done the step 11 in which you open the notepad and type the command. Do these two options I have given and if again it didn’t run then put the error in the comment.

Did you completed all the steps clearly? If yes then try them again and don’t forget to use the 14th + 15th steps both because I think this error might be due to that.

I have done every steps correctly..except in step 3 in my vmware there is no option for selecting Mac OS X.instead of that other option is there..how to get that? im using vmware workstation 12 pro.

Ok so you haven’t done the step one, means you should download and extract unlocker204 and then run the win-install as administrator(shown in step 1) because it will start the Mac OS option in VMware services that’s why you have got stuck.

Now I tried use VMware workstation 12 Pro and I have the same problem. In step 3, I don’t have MAC OS in choice.
I tried to uninstall VMw and Unlocker, install both again, download both again and install, nothing changed. Problem is on the Win8.1, but it works great on Win10 for me.

Hello eduard, thanks for your feedback. As I think this error is usual similar to other errors mentioned here and do you have completed all the steps from the article? If yes then check out once again and then the virtual machine should boot up normally.

Thanks for your reply.
Could it be the problem that the unlocker is for Workstation 11, but I installed version 12? I could select osx in Workstation though.

Thanks for your feedback colton, I thinks it’s because you haven’t completed the step 14 with 15 or you haven’t used unlocker204. Comment below if you succeed to solve the problem.

I am having this exact issue. I followed every step to the letter more than one time just in case I missed something. I had started out on 204 for unlocker and updated to 208 and I am still having the issue. Is there anything else I can try?

Thanks for your feedback, did you use unlocker208 and also did you completed the step 15? If yes, I recommend you to try them once again and you can do it successfully.

For those getting an error saying the value 0 in Smc.version = “0” is not valid, take away the quotations and it will work. So it’s Smc.version = 0

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bonjour, j’ai effectuer les étapes à la lettres comme indiqués mais la vm s’ouvre sur le boot et me met juste avant EFI Vmware virtual sata hard disk… unsucceful
J’ai refait toute vos étapes 3 fois, tjrs la mème chose…

Excellent instructions! No problem to finish all installations by following this article.

In my case, I had to run unlocker 208 in Drive C, otherwise it won’t unlock.

Unfortunately, when I try to power on the MAC, it shows something wrong. I can only see the Apple, but never can bite into. I need to turn off the power on MAC.

My PC is AMD CPU. This might be the problem. I tried many ways including checking the BIOS settings etc etc. Still can’t have a mouthful bite of the Apple.

Anyone runs OS 10.11 successfully on a AMD PC? (Many years ago, I did well VMWare+Leopard on AMD machine.)

Hi!

I followed the instructions without any problems but when I start the machine it gets me the “Boot Manager”.
Please advise on how I should proceed from here.

Kind Regards
Sam

Hello Karar!

But I cannot continue, when I start the machine it starts in the “Boot Manager” bios like window which means I cannot continue with the steps after step 15 “Setting up Mac in VMware”

Kind Regards
Sam

I have allready assigned the smc.version, as I said I had no problems following and applying the steps up to and including step 15 but after that when I bower the VM it starts in the Boot Manager mood.

Also, your Google drive link for El Capitan only contains a rar file with the torrent inside it, no VMDK file. I had to use you VMDK file for Yosemite and then do an in-place upgrade to El Capitan.

The one for Yosemite contains the VMDK file, but not the one for El Capitan.You might want to go check it out again. The rar file is only 18 KB in size and only contains the torrent file.

I am really thankful for your feedback and I appreciate you to give your helpful feedback on all our articles. Hope you would follow up our contents and give your feedback for it.

AppStore is asking me to update once i have installed el capitan on my vmware player. should i update im afraid there wouuld be an error later.

I just want to let everyone know that my AMD FX did not like apple no matter what I said to her. I just tried on an Intel i7 today, apple grows! It’s a matter of about 20 minutes if you follow the detailed instructions in this article. I updated too. Thank you so much, Kara! If you can find a way to make AMD take apple, I am really interested.

Thanks for the installation guide. Worked great!
I tried installing the VMware Tools according to the link at the bottom of the page. But i get this message:
“This operation cannot proceed because your Mac OS guest is using the CD/DVD.
Dismiss this message, eject the disc from inside the guest, and retry this operation.”
Any ideas?

Hey, I followed all the steps up to where you boot up the virtual machine. Whenever I start the VM, I get this error: “Mac OS X is not supported with binary translation. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports Intel VT-x or AMD-V.”
My laptop has an Intel i7 paired with Intel integrated graphics and AMD discrete. I am unsure how to proceed, any advice?

Not able to boot VM . i have same problem that Eduard says on March 27, 2016 at 11:16 PM in comment . I tried all steps twice.

Hey, I tried playing a mp4 video file on this mac os x el captain in vmware. only sound is playing. no video. But when i tried to play that in quick time player, it works perfectly fine.

Give me solution. Its urgent !

I followed all the steps correctly but when i ran the VM it started up with a boot manager and i tried to use the SATA Hard Drive but it says unsuccessful

So I’ve got this installed and it’s working really well – however I can’t restart the Apple machine.
After I got everything running (as per the above article) I took a VmWare snapshot. I then tried rebooting the guest machine and when it restarts I get the Apple logo with the progress bar, but then the screen changes to a corrupt version of his page (it looks like many interlaced Apple logos side by side see https://www.dropbox.com/s/qpndpnpyrb2hfsm/Screenshot%202016-06-21%2009.10.48.png?dl=0).
It’s as if the graphics driver is trying to change modes, but failing or getting stuck.
I can go back to the Vmware snapshot without a problem and everything carries on working correctly until I try to reboot – I’ve installed apps, run the machine for days on end etc etc, it’s just that I can’t restart it.
Any ideas on how to debug what is going on ?

Hi. I had an error with my VMware here is what it said…..

A fault has occurred causing a virtual CPU to enter the shutdown state. If this fault had occurred outside of a virtual machine, it would have caused the physical machine to restart. The shutdown state can be reached by incorrectly configuring the virtual machine, a bug in the guest operating system, or a problem in VMware Player.

Click OK to restart the virtual machine or Cancel to power off the virtual machine.

What do you think I should do?

I am encountering an issue with Workstation 11.. After running the win-install.cmd, I do see “Apple Mac OS X” showing up but I do not see v10.11 as an option under Version…

Anyone else encountered this? Running Workstation 11 on Windows 10

Any help is appreciated!

attempted to startup from:
->EFI VMware Virtual SCSI Hard Drive (0.0) unsuccessful
->EFI VMware Virtual IDE CDROM DRive (IDE1:0) unsuccessful
->EFI Network…..

i had the same problem and i added this to my vmx file:

smc.version = 0

so without the “” , after that it booted and i see an apple logo

I have followed all the steps correctly but it keeps restarting when it gets to the Apple logo

If it has anything to do with my using a AMD processor then please let me know

Really annoying how I got past all the other problems and I get this far just for it to keep restarting and not show any errors

Thanks for your feedback, dear chris;
It doesn’t have anything with your AMD processor but it depends on how you’ve completed the steps, I recommend you to have a look at the steps once again and try once more to install without any up and down.

I installed following your instruction and had no problems. El Capitan running fine as well as I can see.
But the screen is very small and evidently can’t be adjusted either from inside OSX or VM. Is there some other way? The samll screen makes things tedious.
Also, the hard drive inside OSX references the downloaded TechReview folder. Is this right? Can (or) should it be changed?
Could the hard drive be removed then reinstalled?
thanks,
M

Thanks for your feedback, dear Michael,
I recommend you to try installing VMware Tools to have the full resolution screen and the hard drive of OSX must be inside the folder.

Hi, Thanks for the guide, however i cannot sign into iMessage. I was setting this up as an Apple Caching server and there is a common problem with VMs not signing in to iMessage and also activating the Apple Caching Server. Do you know why iMessage will not work using this method of installing?

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Followed the directions 3 times, but I still get this error after starting the VM:

The firmware encountered an unexpected exception. The virtual machine cannot boot.

Any advice for this one? Google has drawn a blank on a answer for this.

i’m install on ubuntu on vmware with AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 945 Processor × 4 and im have same problem when play vm machine:
The firmware encountered an unexpected exception. The virtual machine cannot boot.

please help me

hello,
i followed the steps here every single word, but unfortunately it didn’t work. All what it appears is “boot manager” error. i tried several times but still this error shows every single time.
i would really appreciate if you could help me with this.
thankyou!

Hello, thanks for your feedback, dear Aya,
On step 15, try removing the quotation marks just like: smc.version = 0
Also, we’ll have the article soon to fix the problems.

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hi i am install mac os sierra in vmware,
but scrolling is not support in my guest os,
please explain how can i resolve that issue.

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Great article and easy to follow, the problem I have is it wont run, here is the error I get.

VMware Player unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0)
vcpu-0:VERIFY vmcore/vmm/main/physMem_monitor.c:1180
A log file is available in “C:\OSX\vmware.log”.
To collect data to submit to VMware technical support, run “vm-support”.
We will respond on the basis of your support entitlement.

Would love it if you could point me in the right direction.
Many Thanks

problem! not run installer sierra

VALUE “”0″” for variable “smc version” is not a valid integer value Using value “-1”

please help!

Thanks

Have the seme problem for the second time(. Did everything as written and get the same error massege while pressing “run virtual machine”.

Thats what I get:

VMware Player unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0)

vcpu-0:VERIFY vmcore/vmm/main/physMem_monitor.c:1180

A log file is available in “C:\Users\Nastya\Documents\Virtual Machines\OS X 10.11 (2)\vmware.log”.

You can request support.

To collect data to submit to VMware technical support, run “vm-support”.

We will respond on the basis of your support entitlement.

Can I fix this somehow?

Hi.
I did everything as instructed and when I tried to play the virtual machine from VMware this is the message I got “Binary translation is incompatible with long mode on this platform. Long mode will be disabled in this virtual environment and applications requiring long mode will not function properly as a result. See http://vmware.com/info?id=152 for more details.” \
When I clicked ok, this is the message I got
“Mac OS X is not supported with binary translation. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Player supports Intel VT-x or AMD-V.”
Please help, AJ

Hi.
I did everything as instructed and when I tried to play the virtual machine from VMware this is the message I got “Binary translation is incompatible with long mode on this platform. Long mode will be disabled in this virtual environment and applications requiring long mode will not function properly as a result. See http://vmware.com/info?id=152 for more details.” When I clicked ok, this message appeared “Mac OS X is not supported with binary translation. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Player supports Intel VT-x or AMD-V.”
Please help!

Sir when I open VMware workstation and play virtual machine, it shows this message,
“The firmware encountered an unexpected exception. The virtual machine cannot boot”
help me please Sir how can I run macOS 10.12 Sierra Final on AMD Machine…

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Sir, after i cannot find APPLE MAC OS X when i go to step 4.

4. Now select Apple Mac OS X from operating system then select OS X 10.11 from version and click Next.

What might be the problem, and could you suggest a solution?

Hello, you do not know how to remove this error?

A fault has occurred causing a virtual CPU to enter the shutdown state. If this fault had occurred outside of a virtual machine, it would have caused the physical machine to restart. The shutdown state can be reached by incorrectly configuring the virtual machine, a bug in the guest operating system, or a problem in VMware Workstation.

Click OK to restart the virtual machine or Cancel to power off the virtual machine.

Thanks.

Hi Karar,

I have followed the steps but after step14 when Mac is loading i am getting an error and then it restarts again and again. Please can you help me on this , have mailed the screen shot to your mail Id.

Regards,
Prabhakaran

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after I pick a country the continue button doesn’t appear as the picture above it’s just there with no icon next to it, the back button is the same

Mac os x El capitan not loading it keeps restarting again and again
I have VM ware workstation pro 12.5
Pentium dual core 4gb ram and 2gb graphics card

For all those who got error: ‘VALUE “”0″” for variable “smc version” is not a valid integer value Using value “-1”’: just switch the rounded quotation marks with normal ones as produced by your keyboard, this worked for me.

When I play virtual machine by doing all above steps first apple logo is appear then it will restart again and again by showing error crashed and also os is not shown yet and below some kernal info error please help me

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