Earlier this year, a development team created a tool that allows users to install macOS Ventura on unsupported Macs, such as the Mac Pro trash can. While this tool was previously beta software, the official release of OpenCore 6.0 is now available for any user who wants to try it out.
As we’ve covered here on , “OpenCore Legacy Patcher” (or simply OCLP) is a tool that allows older Macs to run macOS Big Sur and Monterey without official support from Apple. The tool is based on the same OpenCore bootloader used for Hackintosh, which is a well-known method for running macOS on regular PCs.
Two months after the release of the first beta version of macOS Ventura, OCLP developers showcased several old Macs running macOS Ventura thanks to this tool. However, making OCLP compatible with macOS Ventura proved to be a daunting task.
According to the developers, Apple removed most of the legacy drivers from macOS 13 because that version no longer supports Macs with Intel processors older than the seventh generation. Despite these limitations, the latest version of OCLP has been successful in extending the life of Macs that have been discontinued by Apple.
Mac computers that can run macOS Ventura with OpenCore
Here are the Mac models that can run macOS Ventura with OCLP:
2008 – 2016 MacBook 2009 – 2017 MacBook Air 2008 – 2016 MacBook Pro 2009 – 2017 Mac mini 2007 – 2017 iMac 2008 – 2013 Mac Pro
Of course, some things may not work as expected, since the project is an unauthorized modification by Apple and is still in “active development”. It’s certainly not a perfect solution for people who still rely on their computers for work, but it’s interesting to see that people are still finding ways to continue using decade-old computers.
You can find more information about the OpenCore tool on GitHub.