# Getting started with OpenCore

# Prerequisites

  1. [CRUCIAL] Time and patience.
    • Don't start working on this if you have deadlines or important work. Legacy Macs on newer OSes cam be unpredictable in some cases so please be prepared with backups such as a native version of macOS for your hardware.
  2. [CRUCIAL] KNOW YOUR HARDWARE
    • Your Mac's SMBIOS
    • Your CPU name and generation
    • Your GPUs
    • Etc.
  3. [CRUCIAL] A BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF COMMAND LINES AND HOW TO USE A TERMINAL/COMMAND PROMPT
    • This is not just [CRUCIAL], this is the basis of this whole guide. We can't help you if you don't know how to cd to a directory or delete a file.
  4. [CRUCIAL] A machine that is compatible as seen in the Compatibility section.
  5. [CRUCIAL] A minimum of:
    • 16GB USB for Big Sur Installer
  6. [CRUCIAL] Proper OS Installation:
    • Some version of macOS or OS X running on the machine
      • Installer creation requires 30GB of free space on the system's drive.
    • Most tools used in this guide will also require Python installed, versions included in macOS are usually quite old so we recommend updating to the latest.
Last Updated: 10/30/2020, 1:08:17 AM