Running Apple Software On Non Mac Illegal

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OS X is licensed for use only on Apple-branded hardware, and different versions have different restrictions around what's permissible and what's not within a virtual machine; visit the Apple legal and licensing web site for details.

The computer pictured above is running MacOS, but it's not a Mac. It's a so-called Hackintosh — a computer built by a hobbyist, made to run MacOS on non-Apple hardware. The grants set forth in this License do not permit you to, and you agree not to, install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer, or to enable others to do so.

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People with non-Apple hardware who call up Apple seeking OS X support will get a standard reply: 'Buy a real Mac, it will run OS X without any problems, and it can run Windows, too!' Hackers will run OS X on generic hardware. Anybody who wants to do anything serious with it will buy a Mac. People with non-Apple hardware who call up Apple seeking OS X support will get a standard reply: 'Buy a real Mac, it will run OS X without any problems, and it can run Windows, too!' Hackers will run OS X on generic hardware. Anybody who wants to do anything serious with it will buy a Mac. While Hackintoshing a non-Apple system is deemed illegal by Apple’s licensing terms, there are few chances that Apple is going to come after you, but don’t take my word for it. I n late October.

The details of creating a bootable image vary by version; there are directions for creating an installer disk from the Mavericks download posted around the 'net, including some directions posted at Apple.


(I'll leave the discussion of the differences between criminal and civil law for another time.)

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Apr 27, 2014 6:32 AM

The safest place to get apps for your Mac is the App Store. Apple reviews each app in the App Store before it’s accepted and signs it to ensure that it hasn’t been tampered with or altered. If there’s ever a problem with an app, Apple can quickly remove it from the store.

If you download and install apps from the internet or directly from a developer, macOS continues to protect your Mac. When you install Mac apps, plug-ins and installer packages from outside the App Store, macOS checks the Developer ID signature to verify that the software is from an identified developer and that it has not been altered. By default, macOS Catalina and later also requires software to be notarised, so you can be confident that the software you run on your Mac doesn't contain known malware. Before opening downloaded software for the first time, macOS requests your approval to make sure you aren’t misled into running software you didn’t expect.


Running software that hasn’t been signed and notarised may expose your computer and personal information to malware that can harm your Mac or compromise your privacy.

View the app security settings on your Mac

By default, the security and privacy preferences of your Mac are set to allow apps from the App Store and identified developers. For additional security, you can choose to only allow apps from the App Store.

In System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click General. Click the lock and enter your password to make changes. Select App Store under the header “Allow apps downloaded from.”

Open a developer-signed or notarised app

If your Mac is set to allow apps from the App Store and identified developers, the first time that you launch a new app, your Mac asks if you’re sure you want to open it.

An app that has been notarised by Apple indicates that Apple checked it for malicious software and none was detected:

Prior to macOS Catalina, opening an app that hasn't been notarised shows a yellow warning icon and asks if you're sure you want to open it:

If you see a warning message and can’t install an app

If you have set your Mac to only allow apps from the App Store and you try to install an app from elsewhere, your Mac will say that the app can't be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store.*

If your Mac is set to allow apps from the App Store and identified developers, and you try to install an app that isn’t signed by an identified developer and — in macOS Catalina and later — notarised by Apple, you also see a warning that the app cannot be opened.

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If you see this warning, it means that the app was not notarised, and Apple could not scan the app for known malicious software.

You may want to look for an updated version of the app in the App Store or look for an alternative app.

If macOS detects a malicious app

If macOS detects that an app has malicious content, it will notify you when you try to open it and ask you to move it to the Bin.

How to open an app that hasn’t been notarised or is from an unidentified developer

Running software that hasn’t been signed and notarised may expose your computer and personal information to malware that can harm your Mac or compromise your privacy. If you’re certain that an app you want to install is from a trustworthy source and hasn’t been tampered with, you can temporarily override your Mac security settings to open it.

In macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave, when an app fails to install because it hasn’t been notarised or is from an unidentified developer, it will appear in System Preferences > Security & Privacy, under the General tab. Click Open Anyway to confirm your intent to open or install the app.

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The warning prompt reappears, and you can click Open.*

The app is now saved as an exception to your security settings, and you can open it in the future by double-clicking it, just as you can any authorised app.

Privacy protections

macOS has been designed to keep users and their data safe while respecting their privacy.

Gatekeeper performs online checks to verify if an app contains known malware and whether the developer’s signing certificate is revoked. We have never combined data from these checks with information about Apple users or their devices. We do not use data from these checks to learn what individual users are launching or running on their devices.

Notarisation checks if the app contains known malware using an encrypted connection that is resilient to server failures.

These security checks have never included the user’s Apple ID or the identity of their device. To further protect privacy, we have stopped logging IP addresses associated with Developer ID certificate checks, and we will ensure that any collected IP addresses are removed from logs.

In addition, over the the next year we will introduce several changes to our security checks:

  • A new encrypted protocol for Developer ID certificate revocation checks
  • Strong protections against server failure
  • A new preference for users to opt out of these security protections

*If you're prompted to open Finder: control-click the app in Finder, choose Open from the menu, and then click Open in the dialogue that appears. Enter your admin name and password to open the app.