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Introduction

Welcome! This is the home for Mactel (Intel CPU-based Macintosh Computers) running Ubuntu. Here you'll find all the supported versions of Ubuntu for your Mac, whether it be a Macbook, Macbook Pro, iMac, Air, etc. This page is primarily for (potential) users. If you would like to get started as a member of the Mactel Support Team, please go to the Mactel Support Team Home.

What Model Hardware do I Have?

To determine which version / generation / hardware revision your Mac is...

OSX.png ...under OSX,

  1. Click in OS X on the Apple on the top left
  2. Click "About this Mac"
  3. Click "More Info..."
  4. Find the generation / version in the "Model Identifier" row.

Alternatively, run in a terminal:

sysctl hw.model

Linux.png ...under Ubuntu, Open a terminal by going to Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal, and type:

sudo dmidecode -s system-product-name

Mactel Community Documentation

Generic installation instructions for dual and triple booting can be found here: Apple Intel Installation

There is some info regarding use of Apple Keyboards here: AppleKeyboard Wiki

The support matrix lists our best supported and most recent help guides. Guides for older version of Ubuntu can be found at the product page for your Mac.

Mactel Wiki Support Matrix

product

model-id

release date

Best supported release

Most recent release

Most recent LTS

MacBook

1,1

early 2006

MacBook1-1/Karmic

MacBook1-1/Hardy

2,1

late 2006, mid 2007

MacBook2-1/Maverick

MacBook2-1/Lucid

3,1

late 2007

MacBook3-1/Trusty

4,1

early 2008

MacBook4-1/Raring

MacBook4-1/Lucid

5,1

late 2008

MacBook5-1/Lucid

MacBook5-1/Lucid

5,2

early 2009

MacBook5-2/Karmic

6,1

late 2009

MacBook6-1/Lucid

MacBook6-1/Lucid

MacBook Pro

1,1 1,2

early 2006

MacBookPro1-1_2-1/Intrepid

2,1 2,2

late 2006

MacBookPro2-1_2-2/Intrepid

3,1

mid 2007

MacBookPro3-1/Maverick

MacbookPro3-1/Trusty

4,1

early 2008

MacBookPro4-1/Maverick

MacBookPro4-1/Lucid

5,1 5,2

late 2008, early 2009

MacBookPro5-1_5-2/Natty

MacBookPro5-1_5-2/Maverick

MacBookPro5-1_5-2/Lucid

5,3

mid 2009

MacBookPro5-3/Lucid

MacBookPro5-3/Lucid

5,4

mid 2009

MacBookPro5-4/Lucid

MacBookPro5-4/Lucid

5,5

mid 2009

MacBookPro5-5/Lucid

MacBookPro5-5/Lucid

6,2

mid 2010

MacBookPro6-2/Raring

MacBookPro6-2/Raring

MacBookPro6-2/Precise

7,1

mid 2010

MacBookPro7-1/Maverick

MacBookPro7-1/Oneiric

MacBookPro7-1/Oneiric

8,1

early 2011

8,2

early 2011

MacBookPro8-2/Oneiric

8,3

early 2011

9,1

mid 2012

9.2

mid 2012

MacBookPro9-2/Ringtail

MacBookPro9-2/Precise

MacBook Air

1,1

early 2008

MacBookAir1-1/Lucid

MacBookAir1-1/Lucid

2,1

late 2008

MacBookAir2-1/Lucid

MacBookAir2-1/Lucid

6,2

mid 2013

MacBookAir6-2/Saucy

iMac

4,1 4,2

early/mid 2006

Intel_iMac

5,1

late 2006

Intel_iMac

6,1

late 2006

Intel_iMac

7,1

mid 2007

iMac7-1/Lucid

iMac7-1/Lucid

8,1

early 2008

Intel_iMac

9,1

March 2009

Intel_iMac

Mac Pro

1,1

early 2006

Mac Pro

Mac Pro

2,1

early 2007

Mac Pro

Mac Pro

3,1

early 2008

Mac Pro

Mac Pro

Mac mini

1,1

early/late 2006

Macmini1-1/Lucid

Macmini1-1/Lucid

2,1

mid 2007

3,1

mid 2009

Mac_mini3-1/Maverick

4,1

mid 2010

Macmini4-1/Maverick

Macmini4-1/Lucid

5,1

mid 2011

Macmini5-1/Precise

Xserve

1,1

early 2006

Xserve1-1

2,1

early 2008

Xserve2-1

Mactel Product Pages

Additional Hints

  • If you are working with a Virtual Machine (VMWare Fusion, Parallels, VirtualBox, Qemu), try your VM's support area. Running Ubuntu in a VM is completely different than running Ubuntu "on your Mac". Feel free to ask your question in the forums, but much if not all of the support pages linked below will not apply to you. When posting in the forum, be sure to mention that you are using Ubuntu in a VM and what VM you are using! If you are not using a VM, continue to the next step.

  • If you have a hardware revision of a Mac, that is new or unlisted, post your Mac version and the output of 'lspci' to the Apple Users Ubuntu Forums. In this way the support team can see what hardware you have. Try to use the wiki page for the latest version of your Mac. Note anything that works on your new hardware.

The support forum

If you like to ask a question or post a comment about Ubuntu on Macintosh hardware, use the Apple Users support forum

  • info2.png Please note:
    - When posting please include your Mac hardware revision in your post so that everybody knows, what hardware you are dealing with.
    - Additionally, when the solution is found, mark the thread solved.
    - Also, if you figure the problem out yourself, please post the solution so that others might benefit as well.

See Also

If you cannot find help from the wiki, also check the:

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