How to run macOs 10.14 High Sierra on Mac M1 arm silicon (macOS Monterey 12.2)

Walter-Tscharf-Development
3 min readJun 14, 2023

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First, this article is for everyone, who want to emulate run an old intel compatible program on Mac Silicon ARM. This can be the Mac M1 or M2 as you like. In other words in this article we will emulate an old MacOs 10.14 High Sierra System on the new MacOs Monterey 12.2 on a ARM processor.

My use case was to run an old Traktor pro 2 with a Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk1 on the Mac M1 with a silicon ARM processor.

Step 1: Install UTM

Go to the following GitHub and install UTM. https://github.com/utmapp/UTM/releases
Parallels or vmware will not work for us. Only UTM works.

Download the .DMG file and install it as usual. After you open the UTM app you should see something like this:

Step 2: Download the configuration for UTM:

For UTM to emulate macOs 10.14 we need a specific configuration. Luckily someone already did that for us. Download the configuration from here: https://github.com/adespoton/utmconfigs/blob/main/macOS%2010.14%20(config%20only).utm.zip

Unzip the file and double click on it.

Step 3: Download the ISO image for the installation of macOs 10.14 High Sierra:

For the installation of High Sierra we need the installation image. This we can find https://archive.org/details/mac-os-high-sierra-iso . Just download the image via torrent or direct download.

Step 4: Edit the configuration in UTM:

After you downloaded the configuration for UTM and double clicked on the file you should see the file in UTM. It should look something like this here:

When you see the file click on the element with the right click [control] and then click on edit. Scroll down to IDE Drive and edit here the Path to the iso file we just downloaded and click on save.

After you selected the Path it should look something like this:

After you clicked save the window should close.

Step 5: Ready to start the installation:

Double click or start the VM you just edited. There should be a windows opening directly afterwards. And you have to press enter or wait a few seconds. It should look something like this:

Afterwards the installation of MacOs will guide you though the installation process afterwards you will have another option to boot from the Macintosh HD or something similar.

Step 6: Start the VM

After the installation is completed you can start the VM from the and the High Sierra should be starting. In the beginning it asks about the creation of a user pass etc.

Conclusion:

It takes some time to download the required files. But as soon as everything is ready the setup is quite simple. However disappointing is the performance of the system due to the emulation on the visualisation Process engine.

Anyways I hope you liked the article. Happy coding.

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