Installing Snow Leopard via VirtualBox on Mojave

Discussion in 'macOS Mojave (10.14)' started by nollimac, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. nollimac macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2013
    How to install Snow Leopard on VirtualBox? I have seen folks here mentioned that Snow Leopard was native to VirtualBox and wanted to try that. I followed this instruction here: however, the virtual disk does not show up in Disk Utilities in order to format it as Mac extended. Also, Terminal would not make an iso of Snow Leopard either!

    Attached Files:

  2. nollimac thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2013
    Concluded that it won't work...FreeBSD kernel panic occurred both with El Capitan and Mojave.
  3. tywebb13, Dec 9, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018

    tywebb13 macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2012
    Step 3 in your link says “Name your vertical machine as “OSX” and choose “Mac OS X” from OS menu, and “Mac OS X Server” from Version menu.”

    I have installed a virtual machine of Snow Leopard Server using VMWare Fusion so as to run old PPC apps.

    But apple allow only the server version to be installed as a virtual machine.

    Maybe this is why it didn’t work for the non-server version.

    Maybe you can try the server version instead.
  4. Hughmac macrumors demi-god


    Feb 4, 2012
    Kent, UK
  5. haralds macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2014
    Silicon Valley, CA
    On VMWare only the server version can be virtualized.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 9, 2018 ---
    There is a workaround changing a plist. You can make it automatic to insure proper updating, but that's only an issue for the ancient updates,

    I do wish there was a way to port Rosetta, but all the frameworks would also need PPC support.
  6. tywebb13, Dec 9, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018

    tywebb13 macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2012
    According to the supported guests for virtualbox are also “Mac OS X Server (Leopard, Snow Leopard)”.

    So that’s from virtulabox’s own website.

    From vmware’s website at they list supported guest systems as

    • macOS Mojave
    • macOS Sierra
    • macOS High Sierra
    • Mac OS X Leopard Server
    • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server
    • OS X Lion and OS X Lion Server
    • OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Mountain Lion Server
    • OS X Mavericks and OS X Mavericks Server
    • OS X Yosemite and OS X Yosemite Server
    Note that non-server snow leopard is not there.

    Parallels desktop website also say only the server version is supported and explain it a little better:

    “Neither Leopard nor Snow Leopard are supported to be run on Parallels Desktop virtual machines. That is due to the fact that it is prohibited by Apple's EULA.”

    Hacking it to force an install of the non-server version is a deliberate attempt to breach apple’s eula and could cause problems.

    So it will be better just to run the supported system, i.e., snow leopard server - whether on vmware fusion, parallels desktop - or virtualbox.
  7. retta283 macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2018
    Kingman, AZ
    The server version should work fine as said before. I miss Snow Leopard, the last really good version of Mac OS X. Everything since has had varying degrees of bloat.

Share This Page