Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Well, I've heard that Ubuntu is a Great Operating System, and I'd LOVE to try it. I have a MacBook, and don't want to replace OS X Mountain Lion. How do try Ubuntu without uninstalling OS X?

share|improve this question
First, welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Second, do you want to TRY it, or permanently install it alongside OS X? If you just want to try it, I'd recommend VirtualBox. Otherwise, I could tell you how to install it next to OS X using rEFIt so you can choose when you start the computer. I currently have Ubuntu 12.10 running alongside OS X on my MacBook Pro - it works great. – nick Jan 17 '13 at 23:39

You can use VirtualBox for OSX

This will let you run a copy of Ubuntu in a window on your Mac. You could also shrink your OSX partition and use ReFit, but if this is your first time with Ubuntu and you want to just try it, I would stick with VirtualBox (or, if you have it, VMWare)

Instructions for shrinking your OSX disk space to make room for Ubuntu and doing a dual boot install are here:

But note the comment about using this on recent macs and the latest Ubuntu

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.