In this article, we will learn How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC. All the required download files will be shared below in this article.

If you are a MAC user and want to install macOS Sonoma on Virtual Machine, you can use this guide: How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtual Machine on MAC using UTM

Installing macOS Sonoma on VirtualBox on a Windows PC allows you to experience the power and versatility of Apple’s operating system without owning a Mac. Whether you’re an app developer looking to test your software on macOS or simply curious about exploring the Mac ecosystem, this guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of setting up macOS Sonoma on VirtualBox, a popular virtualization platform for Windows.

We previously installed macOS Sonoma on VMWare as well. If you want to read that guide, visit here: How To Install macOS Sonoma on VMWare on Windows PC: 23 Easy Steps

By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a functional macOS Sonoma virtual machine running smoothly on your Windows PC, ready for you to explore and enjoy. So, let’s get started and bring the Mac experience to your fingertips, even on a Windows machine!

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Things Required to Install macOS Sonoma on VirtualBox on Windows PC

  1. Enable virtualization of your Windows 11 PC. Here is a guide you can use: How to Enable Virtualization in Windows 11? Easy Guide
  2. Download and Install Virtualbox on your Windows PC: Use this guide: Download Oracle VM VirtualBox & Install on Windows
  3. Download and Install Virtualbox Extension Pack
  4. Download macOS Sonoma ISO File

You can also go through our guide: macOS Sonoma: Top 10 Bugs and Their Fixes

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Once you have completed the steps mentioned above. Open your Virtualbox and click New.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

2. Click Expert Mode

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

3. Enter the name of your virtual machine (In my case, its: macOS Sonoma)

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

4. Click on Hard Disk and increase the HDD to 100 GB.

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

5. Click Finish when done.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

6. Now, click on Settings.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

7. Go to System and increase your Base Memory to the highest green limit.

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

8. Uncheck the Floppy Disk.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

9. Go to the Processor tab and increase your number of processors to 4.

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

10. Go to Display and increase your Video Memory to the highest green limit.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

11. Go to Storage, click on Empty, and then click the Disk icon on the extreme right. Click Choose a disk file.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

12. Select the macOS Sonoma ISO file you downloaded above and click Open.

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

13. Go to USB, select USB 3.0 (xHCI) Controller, and click Ok.

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macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

14. Close the Virtual Machine.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

15. Open this file and copy the codes in your notepad.

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

16. Click on Edit and then click Replace.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

17. Replace the VM Name with the name of your Virtual Machine (In my case, it’s macOS Sonoma).

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

18. Click Replace All.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

19. Click on Start, search for CMD, right-click, and select Run As Administrator.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

20. Copy all the codes from your notepad.

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

21. Go to the CMD and paste all the codes. You can use Ctrl+V to paste all at once. Ensure the screen looks like the screenshot below (without any errors).

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

22. Open Virtualbox again and click Start.

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

23. You will then see a set of codes running for about 90 seconds.

If you are stuck with errors, try changing your CPU processors to 1.
macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

24. After around 90 seconds, you will see the below screen. Select English and click the Next arrow.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

25. Click on Disk Utility and click Continue.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

26. Click on VBOX HARDDISK Media and click Erase.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

27. Enter the name of your hard disk (In my case, it’s techrechard.com). For the format, use AFPS, and for Schema, use GUID Partition Map.

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

28. Click Erase and then click Done.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

29. Close the Disk Utility, select Install macOS 14 beta, and click Continue.

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

30. Click Continue again.

macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

31. Accept the terms and select the hard disk to install macOS Sonoma, and click Continue.

How to install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows PC: 32 Easy Steps

32. Now, you need to wait around 20-30 minutes to complete the installation of macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox.

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macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox

After the process is complete, you can process with the basic setup of macOS Sonoma.

Frequently faced errors:

1. Failed to query SMC value from the host (VERR_INVALID_HANDLE).

Run this command in CMD:

VBoxManage.exe setextradata “VM name” “VBoxInternal/Devices/smc/0/Config/GetKeyFromRealSMC” 0

If this doesn’t work either, you can downgrade your Virtualbox, and it will work. You can find previous builds here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_6_1

2. If you are stuck at Step 23 with a set of codes running.

Reduce your number of processors from 4 to 1 and restart your machine.

Video Tutorial:

Conclusion: Install macOS Sonoma on Virtualbox on Windows

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the installation of macOS Sonoma on VirtualBox, bringing the power and elegance of the Mac operating system to your Windows PC. Following the steps outlined in this guide, you can explore and utilize macOS Sonoma’s features, applications, and development tools within a virtual environment.

Remember, running macOS on non-Apple hardware is not officially supported, so using this setup for personal experimentation and learning is essential only. Keep your virtual machine updated with the latest security patches and updates Apple provides.

With macOS Sonoma running on VirtualBox, you can now delve into the world of macOS, discover its intuitive interface, and explore a vast array of applications exclusive to the Mac ecosystem. Whether you’re a developer testing software or simply curious about the Mac experience, this virtualized setup offers a convenient and accessible way to get hands-on with macOS Sonoma.

Enjoy your journey into the world of macOS Sonoma, and don’t hesitate to refer back to this guide or explore additional resources as you dive deeper into the capabilities of the Mac operating system.

For more macOS Sonoma Guides, use this link.

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8 Comments

  1. I’m stuck at step 29. No matter how many times I click it does not continue to the next step.
    I’ve tried multiple settings, redid the disk, use APFS and APFS(Encrypted and CaseSensitive), changes CPUs, enabled/disabled 3D acceleration… nothing works. Probably missing some command to fake a compatible Mac Machine.

    • It happens quiet sometimes with Virtualbox. If you are struggling with Virtualbox, the best alternative would be to use VMWare.

      VMWare has its charms with incompatible devices and works flawlessly. You can use this guide:
      https://techrechard.com/install-macos-sonoma-vmware-windows/

  2. Rene Casaña Reply

    Great Tutorial, I think it needs a couple more steps in the case of box not detecting the keyboard and mouse. VBox extensions pack for Vboc 6.1 is neccesary to enabe the xHCI USB controller.
    Thank you very much I am currently instaling Sonoma on VBox

  3. At step 23 (with 1 or 4 processors) i get the following

    UEFI Interactive Shell v2.2
    EDK II
    UEFI v2.70 (EDK II, 0x00010000)
    Mapping table
    BLK0: Alias(s) :
    PciRoot (0x0)/Pci (0x1F, 0x2) / Sata (0x0,0xFFFF,0x0)
    BLK1: Alias(s) :
    PciRoot (0x0)/Pci (0x1F, 0x2) / Sata (0x1,0xFFFF,0x0)
    Press ESC in 5 seconds to skip startup.nsh or any other key to continue

    both hitting exc in the time frame or any other key has no effect.

  4. Installation almost goes to then end but not totally. Then I’m stuck with kernel panics and reboot loop.

    I’ve recorded the screen and the error is:
    —-
    ASP: AMFI pointer initialized
    Library not loaded: /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dynlib
    Referenced from /sbin/launchd
    Reason: tried: /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dynlib (no such file)
    ….
    —-

    I don”t know why, but under Linux/VBox, It’s been 3 to 4 versions of macOS that I could not manage to install, even if following your tutorials step by step…

    • Its happening for a lot of users. The best alternative would be to run it on VMWare!

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