How to Install Linux on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who wants to explore the world of Linux? Installing Linux on your Mac can open up a whole new realm of possibilities and flexibility. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of installing Linux on your Mac.

Before You Begin

Before diving into the installation process, there are a few things you need to consider:

  • Backup Your Data: It’s always a good idea to back up your important files and documents before making any significant changes to your system.
  • Choose the Right Distribution: There are various Linux distributions available, each with its own strengths and features. Research and choose the one that suits your needs.
  • Check System Requirements: Ensure that your Mac meets the minimum system requirements for running Linux. Different distributions may have different requirements, so be sure to check the documentation.

Step 1: Create a Bootable USB Drive

The first step in installing Linux on your Mac is to create a bootable USB drive. Follow these steps:

  1. Download the ISO Image: Visit the official website of your chosen Linux distribution and download the ISO image file.
  2. Create Bootable USB Drive: Insert a USB drive into your Mac and open ‘Disk Utility’ from ‘Applications’ > ‘Utilities’.

    Select your USB drive and click on ‘Erase’. Choose ‘MS-DOS (FAT)’ as the format and give it a name. Once formatted, open ‘Terminal’ and run the following command: $ sudo dd if=/path/to/linux.iso of=/dev/diskX bs=1m (Replace ‘/path/to/linux.iso’ with the path to your downloaded ISO file and ‘diskX’ with the identifier of your USB drive).

Step 2: Partition Your Mac’s Hard Drive

Now that you have a bootable USB drive, it’s time to partition your Mac’s hard drive:

  1. Open Disk Utility: Launch ‘Disk Utility’ from ‘Applications’ > ‘Utilities’.
  2. Create a Partition: Select your Mac’s internal hard drive and click on the ‘Partition’ tab. Click on the ‘+’ button to create a new partition. Adjust the size according to your preference and give it a name.
  3. Format the Partition: Choose ‘Mac OS Extended (Journaled)’ as the format and click on ‘Apply’.

Step 3: Install Linux

You’re now ready to install Linux on your Mac:

  1. Restart Your Mac: Restart your Mac and hold down the ‘Option’ key until you see the boot menu.
  2. Select Bootable USB Drive: Use the arrow keys to select the bootable USB drive you created earlier and press ‘Enter’.
  3. Select Installation Options: Follow the on-screen instructions to select language, keyboard layout, and installation options. Choose the newly created partition as the destination for installation.
  4. Complete Installation: Once installation is complete, restart your Mac.


You have successfully installed Linux on your Mac. You can now enjoy the power and flexibility of Linux while still having the option to boot into macOS whenever you need. Explore the Linux ecosystem, experiment with different software, and make the most out of your Mac!

Remember, this tutorial is just a starting point. There is a lot more to discover and learn about Linux.

Dive into forums, join communities, and expand your knowledge. Happy exploring!

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