How to Install Mac OS X El Capitan on VMware on PC

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It is now possible and remarkably easy to use OS X El Capitan on VMware following Apple’s live changing move geared towards improving its OS X software for the desktop operating system. Mac OS El Captain was publicly launched on Wednesday the 30th of September last year. This tutorial provides a clear and systematic guideline with respect to downloading and installing Mac OS X El Capitan on a PC.

Though it is hectic, complicated and tiresome to install MAC OS X on non- Apple hardware, this guidebook provides an easy way out. The foremost thing is to have a VMware Player which is free. Alternatively, VMware Workstation which is paid for may work equally well. However, it is better to use VMware Player.

Understanding What VMware is?

Fundamentally, VMware is a program which allows the user to install and run OS X that is Intel-based as well as one with AMD processor. This convenience makes VMware Player the most appropriate program to use for this purpose.


On VMware player as well as a workstation, one can conveniently upgrade the existing El Capitan on simulated machine available on Windows on PC. Moreover, windows 10 can host the most recent El Capitan 10.11.4 with the help of VMware player and workstation.

For Application developers, using OS X El Capitan on VMware offers an added advantage. One can acquire skills on Xcode and use the new features supported by Mac OS X El Capitan and most importantly installing Applications on OS X El Capitan on VMware without necessarily having to install it.

Running the OS X El Capitan on VMware on PC maybe somewhat hectic and may probably take a toll on one’s additional energy . Nevertheless, the benefits associated with this bold and sophisticated move towards effectiveness and convenience is never disappointing. It works meticulously once it is done.

Steps to Install OS X 10.11 El Capitan on VMware on PC

Step 1: Download El Capitan from Mac App Store

The next version of Apple's operating system for the Mac is called El Capitan. The new operating system will offer software refinements, as well as laying the foundation for future renovations in the world of virtual and augmented reality. Here is how to download it.

To download El Capitan, you will need to have access to a Mac computer or Virtual Mac to download it. Operating system OS X El Capitan is available for free over the Mac App Store. But you can't find it in new macOS Sierra or Catalina, you can open this link with older version of macOS (Yosemite).

Read more: How to Download macOS Installer in Virtual Machine

Step 2: Create a El Capitan ISO File

First, you need move "Install OS X El Capitan.app" to Application folder. Then Open "Terminal" in Application - Utilities. Paste this commands to create your ISO file.

Mount Installer DMG file to macOS
# hdiutil attach /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/Install

Create a DMG Disk
# hdiutil create -o /tmp/elcapitan -size 7900m -volname elcapitan -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J
# hdiutil attach /tmp/elcapitan.dmg -noverify -mountpoint /Volumes/elcapitan

Copy Installer to new Disk
# asr restore -source /volumes/Install/basesystem.dmg -target /Volumes/elcapitan -noprompt -noverify -erase
# rm /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/System/Installation/Packages
# cp -rp /Volumes/Install/Packages /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/System/Installation/
# cp -rp /Volumes/Install/BaseSystem.chunklist /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System
# cp -rp /Volumes/Install/BaseSystem.dmg /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System

Unmount DMG Disk
# hdiutil detach /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System
# hdiutil detach /Volumes/Install

Convert Disk to ISO File
# hdiutil convert /tmp/elcapitan.dmg -format UDTO -o /tmp/elcapitan
# mv /tmp/elcapitan.cdr ~/Desktop/elcapitan.iso

Step 3: Install VMware Player and Patch Tool

VMware Player is a free download. Download and open it to install on your Windows

Install VMware Player

You can download patch tool by DDork. Then, right click on "win-install" and select "Run as admin".

Install Patch Tool

Step 4: Create and Edit Your Virtual Machine

Click on "Create a new virtual machine" button. In Guest Operating System, choose "Mac OS X" and Version is "10.11". Select your VMX Folder in next step and click "Next".

El Capitan Version and VMX Folder

With Disk Capacity, set up 100 GB of your virtual disk and select "Store virtual disk as a single file". Click "Next" to create your virtual machine.

El Capitan Virtual Disk Size in VMware

Step 5: Add El Capitan ISO File to VMware

Select your Virtual Machine and click on "Edit" button. Set up your RAM and CPU (60% of your real RAM and CPU). In CD/DVD tab, click on "Browse" button and open "El Capitan.iso" file. Click OK to save.

Open El Capitan ISO File in VMware

Step 6: Edit VMX File

Go to VMX Folder in Step 4. Find a "vmware virtual machine configuration" file. Right click and select "Open with". And choose "Notepad" app to open it.

Edit El Capitan VMX File

Add this commands to the bottom: smc.version = "0"
Edit VMX File for El Capitan VMware

Step 7: Install El Capitan on Your VMware Player

Open your VMware Player, select your El Capitan Virtual Machine and click "Play" button. At OS X Installer screen, go to "Disk Utility" then format your virtual disk with "OS X Extended" and "GUID Partition Map".

Open Disk Utility in OS X 10.11

Back to installer screen and install your OS X El Capitan to new virtual disk.

Install OS X El Capitan on new Virtual Disk

After 20 min, you have a new OS X El Capitan in VMware

OS X El Capitan on PC

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Leandro Friedrich
Leandro Friedrich

I always get a Kernel panic on boot


I’m getting the logo, but getting the error message below. I have a AMD Ryzen 3 2200U processor.

“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.”


Setup is showing an error screen on boot, what do I do?


Thanks Bro



I am using VMWare Player and after using the win-install I don’t see MAC OS in the VMWare setup. What could I be missing?


vijay chandra
vijay chandra

Please help me,Im getting this error.I downloaded 2-3 VMWARE images from your site,All are showing the same 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.


There is no VMX file there is VMXF file ….
Please help


someone pls give me the files other than.vmdk because i delete other files by mistake..


Hi! Your tutorial works, but you’ve omitted a step.
The “hard disk (sata)” option wasn’t available to me because I had not clicked on “finish” before I went back to “edit” the settings. One must do so before the option comes up.

Also, one mistake that I had made was selecting the .vmdk file in the “Virtual Machines” folder instead of the .vmdk file in the folder I downloaded from you. After I fixed this, everything worked well.