ATTENTIONThis guide has not been updated in a long time. TAILS now supports natively EFI bootloaders, so if you are interested in using TAILS on a macOS computer you should follow the official guide here:

  1. Tails Macbook Wifi
  2. Tails Macbook Air No Wifi
  3. How To Install Tails
  4. Tails Mac Wifi

Following this guide you will be able to create a TAILS image that will work onOSX without requiring any REFIT or bootloader modifications to the targetsystem.

Tails Macbook Wifi

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In order to create a TAILS disk image for OSX you will need the followingdependencies:

The easiest way to install these is withhomebrew:

If you want to build the EFI bootloader yourself you will also need:


Create the EFI bootloader (optional)

Tails Macbook Air No Wifi

Tails For Mac

How To Install Tails

You can build the EFI bootloader directly from Mac OSX (given you haveinstalled vagrant and virtualbox) by running:

This is basically running this command from inside a linux box:

Build the image

You will be asked to select a volume that will be formatted and will containthe TAILS live cd.

The script will then proceed to fetch TAILS, verify the signature, mount theiso, move some files in the ISO over to the USB disk and then configure grubproperly.

Once you have finished this you will have a usb disk you can boot by holdingdown the alt-option key at startup.

New versions of TAILS support UEFI bootloaders out of the box. This means that in the near future this procedure will no longer be needed.

If you would like to use their method for setting up TAILS instead of running this script you should follow their instructions at the following address:

Mainly inspired by:


Tails Mac Wifi

Misc links:

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