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Jul 22, 2018
Supermicro X11SPA-T
Intel Xeon W-3275 28 Core
2xAMD RX 580 8GB
OS X/macOS
  1. OpenCore
  1. Mac mini
  2. MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
  1. Android
  2. iOS
Clover Bootloader is one of the most advanced Bootloaders yet and is capable to boot into any OS. The Clover bootloader is needed to boot into macOS on a PC or a Laptop. The Clover supports both UEFI and Legacy BIOS.

Common file locations
Here are the common files location uses by Clover Bootloader
EFIContains all the Clover Configuration and bootloader
BOOTContains Boot file
CLOVERContains all the Clover and related files
ACPIContains DSDT and SSDT
originContains Native ACPI files
PatchedContains patched DSDT and SSDTs
DriversContains drivers
BIOSContains Legacy Drivers
UEFIContains UEFI Drivers
kextsContains kext files
themesContains Clover themes

How to edit/add bootflags in Clover
If you want to boot macOS without editing the config.plist file, the best idea is to hit Space Bar when you're at Clover welcome screen and you can choose between various options such as verbose mode, Single User mode, Safe mode, NVIDIA Disabled etc.

If you want to use alternate boot flags, follow the steps below:
  • At Clover welcome screen, go to Options and hit enter.
  • Select Boot Args and hit enter.
  • If there's any flag by default, it will show there. To type, simply hit enter and go to the end of line and type your desired args and hit enter.
  • Press Escape and you'll redirected back to the Clover welcome screen.
Note :
  • This will not permanently edit your config.plist. If needed, edit the config.plist by adding the required flags in the Boot section.

How to Edit Clover config.plist
Clover's config plist is in XML which can be edited using any standard text editor, however we do not recommend to use a text editor for this purpose as sometime the file gets corrupted and you might not be able to boot. It's very easy to edit the config.plist file using specific tools such as Clover Configurator, Plist Editor, or Xcode.
  1. Before you start to edit the config.plist file, make sure Clover Bootloader is installed. Either on your Boot USB or the System Drive.
  2. Mount the EFI Partition.
  3. Navigate to /EFI/CLOVER/config.plist
  4. Open the config.plist file with your favorite tool and make the necessary edits.
  5. Save the file
How to Mount EFI Partition
Whenever you need to perform some edits or place/update any kext or the files, you'll need to mount your EFI partition.
The EFI Partition can be mounted using the built-in App, Terminal but from High Sierra 10.13.6, it doesn't work.

  1. Download Clover Configurator
  2. Navigate to Mount EFI section in the left pane
  3. Find the EFI partition
  4. Click on Mount EFI
  5. When promoted, enter your password
  6. The EFI partition will be mounted on your Desktop

Note :
  • From High Sierra 10.13.6, use Global Edition of Clover Configurator otherwise it will fail to mount the EFI Partition.

How to Set Clover to Automatically Boot System Drive
Manually selecting the System Drive and then booting isn't a good idea. If you've completed the post installation, set your system drive to auto-boot from Clover welcome screen. To do so, follow the steps below.
  1. Mount the EFI Partition.
  2. Navigate to : /EFI/CLOVER/config.plist
  3. Open the config.plist file with your favorite tool.
  4. Navigate to Boot section, DefaultVolume replace the existing one with your Drive name
  5. Navigate to Boot section, Timeout and enter a number in seconds (setting 0 will require hitting return to boot)
  6. Save the file and reboot

Some Additional features and options which you can use in Clover's GUI:
  • Press F1 for multilingual help, depending on language setting in configuration
  • Press F2 to save preboot.log from GUI
  • Press F4 to save original (OEM) ACPI tables into /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/origin
  • Press F5 to test DSDT patching
  • Press F6 to save graphics firmware into /EFI/CLOVER/misc
  • Press F10 to save screenshots from GUI
  • Press F12 to eject CD/DVD
  • Press Space Bar when selecting a volume to boot for quick access to some features.
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