Is it legal to build a hackintosh?

“A Hackintosh involves any type of desktop or notebook computer (non-Apple) that has a MAC [sic] [recte Mac] Operating System (Mac OS) installed,” Yevgeniy Kapishon writes for Apple Gazette. “It’s pretty cool because it is not all that difficult to actually build a Hackintosh. What makes it even easier is that there are hundreds of different online sources that can provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to actually create your very own Hackintosh.”

“There are going to be a lot of drivers and hacks involved to get it up and running. For example, it takes an average of a full day or two to get everything operating and to confirm that all peripherals are working correctly and are current,” Kapishon writes. “But keep this in mind: if you are an average Joe, and we don’t mean this to be mean in any way possible, you are not going to be able to do it.”

“Is it legal?” Kapishon writes. “Well, not really. To begin with, you will have breached the contract of the use of any Mac OS and you would have also violated copyright laws.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Pet peeve:

MAC is a cosmetics brand, a chemotherapy regimen, or short for Media Access Control address, among other things.

Mac is short for Macintosh.

You’ve had over three decades to get it right. Please do so.


  1. Yes, at the Cerritos Mall, you have to first pass the MAC store before arriving at the Apple Store. I smile every time I do that.
    It also makes it easer to give directions.

  2. I suspect Apple is less fussed about hackintosh builds because they act like a gateway drug for some to buy an actual Mac afterwards. Plus, after all these years it’s still risky doing many routine things like updating! I think they are probably the only thing keeping many pro users on the platform while the MP gets updated.

  3. While I would never use a Hackintosh for my production work professionally, it has been very tempting in the last couple years.
    Waiting for Apple to update/release a new Mac Pro is frustrating to say the least. I don’t need a Mac Pro to look futuristic, I just need a box with spare slots (expandable) and no storage or memory soldered to the logic board!!

  4. My main work computers are my MacBook Pro and my iMac, but I also have a fairly powerful PC (6core CPU, 32 GB RAM, SSD, etc.) and wondered about converting it to a Hackintosh.

    A few weeks ago my father’s iMac died, so I bought a 2010 Mac Pro for him. Fell in love with it and bought myself one two. Upgraded the CPU. Grabbed another 2010 Mac Pro but with two CPUs. Upgraded the CPUs with two 3,46 GHz 6core Xeon 5690, RAM to 96 GB (according to GeekBench 4 it is 25% faster if you don’t use the forth memory slot – I would never have thought that triple channel memory would have such a large effect), 4x USB3, a second graphics card (NVidia GeForce GTX 960), BluRay burner … and I’m absolutely loving it. Doesn’t even get out of second gear, no matter what I throw at it!

    The accessibility and upgradability is insane! I never had a PC that was that easy to upgrade, and I build about 600-700 of the damn things! Apple should just go back to the same design principles …

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