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rEFIt Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to rEFIt 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 rEFIt and nine of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to rEFIt are rEFInd - Boot Manager, GRUB4DOS and WINGRUB, Clover EFI bootloader and OpenCore.

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  • 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...

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    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. Clover EFI bootloader icon

    Clover EFI bootloader

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    This is EFI-based bootloader for BIOS-based computers created as a replacement to EDK2/Duet bootloader http://www.tianocore.org . To compile it needs to place Clover sources into edk2/ folder.

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  5. OpenCore icon

    OpenCore

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    OpenCore is an open-sourced tool designed to prepare a system for macOS booting and has been architected to alleviate many of the constraints imposed by its alternatives like Clover(these tools are sometimes referred to as "boot loaders").

    Graphical boot picker


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    gummiboot

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD

    gummiboot is a simple UEFI boot manager which executes configured EFI images. The default entry is selected by a configured pattern (glob) or an on-screen menu.

    Discontinued

    In May 2015, gummiboot was fully integrated into systemd to form its systemd-boot component that serves as a UEFI boot manager. Following this action, the source code repository of gummiboot was emptied out in July 2015. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gummiboot_(software)

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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