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The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Building a Hackintosh (macOS Sierra)

Building a hackintosh—that is, installing macOS on non-Apple hardware—used to require extremely restricted hardware choices and quite a bit of know-how. Now your options are vast and the installation process is fairly simple. With that in mind, here is our always up-to-date guide to building a hackintosh that will walk you through purchasing compatible parts, building your machine, and installing macOS all on your own.

Currently Up-to-Date Version: macOS 10.12 (UniBeast Method)

This guide is all about installing macOS Sierra on your hackintosh. If you’re looking to install an older version, check out our archived OS X 10.7 Lion, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and OS X 10.10 Yosemite guides instead.

First Things First: What Is a Hackintosh, Exactly?

A hackintosh is simply any non-Apple hardware that has been made—or “hacked”—to run macOS. This could apply to any hardware, whether it’s a manufacturer-made or personally-built computer. For the purposes of this guide, we’re only discussing a tried-and-true method for building a hackintosh that you build.

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