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How to Install Linux on a Mac

Install Linux on a Mac?

It is no more a myth that you can install Linux on Mac, which is undoubtedly the best supporting system for Apple hardware. We can say that the process is a little complicated but you may be able to install it by following some intelligent steps.

Before going to the direct installation, you must consider the use of specific operating systems (OS) for your Linux OSes support to Macs, which include: Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE or Debian. Even if these do not satisfy your hunger for Linux installation, you can directly opt the derivatives of Ubuntu, like Elementary OS, or Linux Mint.


To Install Linux on a Mac
To Install Linux on a Mac

Here, you will get to explore the Ubuntu installation in your Mac but if you want to go with other OS of Linux then you have no right to blame us for any repercussions. These ways will help you  to Install Linux on a Mac:

Bootable USB:

You must own a bootable USB drive before you think of installing Linux OS in your PC. So is with Apple hardware as you may not find new models having optical drives.

  • Launch the Disk Utility by starting the USB creation task.
  • After you launch this, you will find the USB drive in the Disk Utility tool which you need to erase immediately.
  • You can find difficulty in erasing your USB if your drive didn’t seem blank which may result in failure of the boot in the Mac.
  • Straight place your foot into the download the latest version of Etcher.
  • After ascending the DMG, install the app immediately on your PC.
  • Launch your app by placing the USB flash drive into the USB slot.
  • Open Etcher and go for the option- download the latest version of Ubuntu Linux.
  • Now immediately go for “Select Image” after you return to the app.
  • Load the Ubuntu ISO file in Etcher app on your Mac PC.
  • After you are done, by tapping on the “Flash” button you can boot your USB.



  • If you can see the Disk Utility application on your Mac, then tap on the “View” menu in it and then view your Mac’s hard drive by tapping on “Show All Devices”.
  • On clicking the hard drive two times, bring up the “Apple File System Space Sharing” menu by selecting the “Partition” option and start making partitions of MacOS hard drive.
  • Tap on “+” to create a new 16 GB Ubuntu partition and make sure that you have “MS-DOS (FAT) for it.
  • Return to the “+” option and select again to repeat the process and make an addition by writing “SWAP” in the label and convert it into the same size of Mac’s physical RAM.
  • Now click at “Apply” button and save the changes.
  • Reboot it now by plugging in your Ubuntu USB.
  • Choose the live disk (EFI Boot) while holding down the suitable option button on your keyboard.


Install Linux on MacOS

Start by tapping on the “Install Ubuntu” option of the pop-up menu and follow these steps:

  1. Before you click on “Normal Installation”, just check the box next to the “Install third party” for the mandatory driver, etc.
  2. Meanwhile, the Ubuntu detects MacOS on your PC, check the option beside “something else”.
  3.  Click on “Ubuntu Fat32” partition in the ”something else” option and highlight it and then tap on change 🡪Use as🡪Set Ext4🡪Format🡪Put “/” and find the second FAT partition to follow the same process and tap on “Swap Area” and then “OK”.
  4. Set the main Ubuntu partition by dragging your cursor down to the “Device for boot loader” data. Now set the bootloader which has “/” as a mount point.
  5. Tap to the “Install Now” and then set the time zone, your name along with your password and many more. Now, restart and load Ubuntu up.


You can turn to the original anytime! And thus this is how to Install Linux on a Mac.

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