Setting up elementary OS on a MacBook

So, you want a break from your regular old MacOs?

Why not try Elementary OS.

This modular Unix-based operating system is deemed to be the perfect ethical replacement for macOS.

Best favored by seasoned professionals and Geeks. It's packed with serious performance drivers and security measures, which makes Elementary OS is one the most powerful Linux-based Operating systems in the market.

So, if you are interested in diving a little deeper into your curiosity trove of Operating systems and Integrated Systems then Elementary OS could be the best option for you.

Here’s how you can install Elementary OS on your MacBook

Setting up VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a globally recognized hypervisor host that can be used to set up multiple Operating Systems in one device.

In the preface, VirtualBox is very handy, uses almost no cookies, and does not overly affect the performance of your MacBook. Thus, making it a better option than traditional Dual-Booting.

To download VirtualBox:

  • Open Safari Browser on your MacBook and go to Google.
  • On the search bar type Oracle VirtualBox.
  • A list of searches will come up, click on the very first link and wait for the official VirtualBox webpage to load.
  • Once you are on the webpage you will be greeted by a large blue dialogue box showcasing the latest version of VirtualBox which is ready to download.
  • Click on the Dialogue Box.

  • A list of packages for VirtualBox will appear.
  • Select OS X hosts and wait for the download.
  • The whole (.exe) file will not take more than 120 MB of data to download.

Once you have installed the VirtualBox now you have to set it up.

To Install the VirtualBox:

  • Just after the download is completed a new window will open showcasing all setup processes for VirtualBox.
  • Select “VirtualBox.pkg” option.
  • Give the installation wizard all permissions to make necessary changes.
  • Then click Install.
  • A new window will appear where you have to set up a username and password for your VirtualBox host.
  • Once it is done you are golden to go.

  • The whole installation process will not take more than a few minutes.

Setting up Elementary OS

To set up Elementary OS you have to download its batch file from

  • Open Safari Browser and in the search bar type “”.
  • Once the website is open locate the download button and click on it.

  • A new webpage will appear, scroll down and you will find the recommended list of Operating Systems.
  • Choose the operating system of your choice and click download.

Once you have downloaded the important batch files for Elementary OS now you have to set it up using VirtualBox.

For Installing Elementary OS:

  • Go to the macOS menu and look for the VirtualBox icon and double click to open it.
  • Once the VirtualBox window is open go to “New”.

  • Now fill up all the important credentials and click continue.
  • A new window will appear showcasing the needed memory for the installation to commence.
  • You can set the space by adjusting the size bar, At least 4 to 5 Gigs of memory is recommended to install Elementary OS.

  • Once you have set the memory limitations click continue.
  • Now a new window will open showing what type of file you want to create on the hard disk.
  • Click on “Create a Virtual Disk now” and set up “VDI” as the file type.
  • In this step, you also have to dynamically allocate space for the installation and file.
  • Once the space is allocated click create.
  • A new Virtual Disk has been created to install and run Elementary OS on your MacBook.
  • Now a new window is open, click on the “Settings” option located on the top.
  • In settings go to Advanced.
  • Now go to storage.
  • A controlled IDE option will be given on the left side pane.
  • Locate the “Empty” option below it and click on it.
  • Now select the freshly downloaded batch files in the “Optical Drive” column and go back to the original VirtualBox window.
  • Now click on Start.

A new bios mode will appear from you choose installation options as per your will. Once you have chosen your option the installation will start.
And just like that, you have Installed Elementary OS on your MacBook.

Note: A few more options like time, region, and language setting might be needed during the setup of Elementary OS. So, do the needful. Plus, Elementary OS being a secure host system will ask for a username and password so be sure to provide a strong password and username

Once the BIOS setup is in motion the system will ask you whether you want to partition your disk or not. Click partition and set the native OS(macOS) as main OS and Elementary OS as secondary.

The whole process of disk partition can take from a few minutes to a few hours. Be patient or any wrong click or inputs will cancel the installation.

To run Elementary OS on your MacBook

  • Open the VirtualBox.
  • You will see the recently installed Elementary OS option on the left side of the window.
  • Click on the option.
  • A drop-down menu will ask for confirmation of your action, click on “Switch” and confirm.

  • Wait for the Elementary OS to boot up.