Welcome to myHack

What myHack is:

The myHack application aids in the installation of a retail OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”, OS X 10.7 “Lion”, OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion”, and OS X 10.9 “Mavericks” operating systems on PC’s which is commonly referred to as “Building a Hackintosh” or “Hackintoshing”. myHack is designed to save time by simplifying and improving on most of the installation process, by automating as much as is possible to do safely and cleanly.

myHack makes it quicker and easier for both novice and experienced users to create a functional OS X system and the myHack OS X Installation Disk that it creates is an invaluable resource for troubleshooting and repairing your system when/if something goes wrong.

What myHack is not:

It is NOT a replacement for the human brain and is not intended as a 1-click solution to install OS X on PC. Such “1-click install solutions” ultimately fail (just like “OSx86 Distros”) because they do not educate the end users as to why something is done, how something is done and where something is done.

These installation methods are not optimized for your individual system and often use dirty tricks or modifications which, at best, leave your system in a partially functional, damaged state and at worst, fail to function at all and damage your hardware or filesystem in the process. When you run into a problem in the future, which you will, it will be difficult or impossible to correct the problem without knowing exactly what has been modified on your system (which you won’t know since you used some auto-patching fail-ware).

myHack is not a collection of scripts and files that were stolen from others in the community and passed off as original work. I have written myHack 2+ from scratch in c and I make every effort to credit each and every person who has contributed either directly or indirectly to the files or utilities it contains.

myHack 2+ – a new chapter:

Unfortunately myHack 1.x was pirated and bastardized by others, for what reason I do not know for sure, I know I have barely ever seen a dime in donations so I doubt it can be financially motivated, perhaps they just like to stroke their own egos by acting like they are skilled at something other than copying and pasting the work of others.

This unfortunate action prompted me to completely redesign myHack 2+ as closed source software, not only to protect myself, but to protect the end user from the dangers of using software made by people who clearly can not be trusted to act with integrity. If you have downloaded myHack from any site other than this one, please erase it and download the official releases hosted here to ensure that you are receiving a trusted application from a reliable source.

Most importantly, enjoy the journey, I have been involved with hackintoshing since apple first made the move to intel back in the OS X 10.4 pre release days. I have found it to be a wonderful hobby full of interesting people from diverse backgrounds. I hope you find it as enjoyable as myself and others have.

Please help yourself, read the documentation, and do join us in the Forum or on IRC if you need some help.

Happy hackintoshing!


Recent Posts

Explanation of downtime…

As many of you had noticed and wondered, the site was down for a while now… I had a series of unfortunate events that started with the corruption of a single disk in my server’s zpool a month ago. I didn’t have the time or feel any sense of urgency to replace it then so I just made sure everything was backed up and kept going with a degraded pool for a couple of weeks, planning to fix it later.

Then a second disk went… All was lost. The real panic set in when I couldn’t get my workstation to load my other zpool either (kernel panic on zfs kext), and I had used my external backup drive in a futile attempt to recover the server’s pool a day earlier… I thought it was all over! Much to my relief that problem turned out to be OS corruption rather than any problems with that pool… All of this stems from the high heat and humidity we’ve been having here, I’ll have to be a little less stingy with the A/C. On the bright side it gave me an excuse to clean up, organize, and take care of alot of other systems administrative tasks which I had been putting off.

So the server is in working order again now, and what spare time I’ve had from work that was not absorbed by this mess has gone into myhack 4, which I hope to release around the time that 10.10 GM is available. Truly sorry for the panic this may have caused and for not explaining it on the forums/facebook/twitter/etc, but I was more focused on getting it fixed with what time I had to do it rather than checking social media.

Donations toward the drive replacement fund would be greatly appreciated and well utilized! If I have enough redundant spares on hand I can ensure this does not happen again in the future.

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