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Chameleon Bootloader Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Chameleon Bootloader for Mac and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is GRUB, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Chameleon Bootloader and eight of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Chameleon Bootloader are rEFInd - Boot Manager, GRUB4DOS and WINGRUB, rEFIt and burg.

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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

Chameleon is a boot loader for Mac OS X.

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  1. GRUB icon

    GRUB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris
    • OpenSolaris

    GNU GRUB is a multiboot boot loader. It was derived from GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader, which was originally designed and implemented by Erich Stefan Boleyn.

    GRUB in non-graphical mode
  2. rEFInd - Boot Manager icon

    rEFInd - Boot Manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    rEFInd is a fork of the rEFIt boot manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI).

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  3. GRUB4DOS and WINGRUB icon

    GRUB4DOS and WINGRUB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    GRUB for DOS is the dos extension of GRUB. It enables dos users to run the configuration console directly in real mode. The project also contains an utility called WINGRUB, an GUI intends to help configuring and installing GRUB in the WINDOWS environment.

    Discontinued

    It was last updated in 2013.

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  4. rEFIt icon

    rEFIt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    rEFIt is a boot menu and maintenance toolkit for EFI-based machines like the Intel Macs. You can use it to boot multiple operating systems easily, including triple-boot setups with Boot Camp. It also provides an easy way to enter and explore the EFI pre-boot environment.

    Discontinued

    rEFIt is no longer maintained since 2013. The author suggested to check out rEFInd - Boot Manager icon rEFInd - Boot Manager , a fork of the original program.

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  5. burg

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Burg is a brand-new boot loader based on GRUB. It uses a new object format which allows it to be built in a wider range of OS, including Linux/Windows/OSX/FreeBSD, etc.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer maintained. Last version, released on 18 October 2010, can be still downloaded from Google Code.

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  6. Extended Operating System Loader icon

    Extended Operating System Loader

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Written in C++ and licensed under GNU GPL, XOSL (eXtended Operating System Loader) is a user-friendly, window-based graphical boot manager handling large disks and over 30 different operating systems.

    Discontinued

    Since XOSL is no longer maintained, but still usable, a modified version has stemmed form the original one: see https://sourceforge.net/projects/xosl2/

    Main dialog
  7. Chimera icon

    Chimera

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Chimera is a Hackintosh bootloader that merges the best features from various branches of Chameleon bootloader, into a new branch based on the latest Chameleon 2.0 RC5 trunk version. It is designed for maximum compatibility across platforms.

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  8. Partita 2000

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Partita 2000 is a tiny boot manager with a Y2K patch for old BIOSes. It features a timed autoboot and can automatically change partition type to hidden for selected partitions when loading a given OS.

    Discontinued

    The project seems to be no longer updated. Last version can be still downloaded from the official website, in the Early Work section.

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