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rEFIt is a boot menu and maintenance toolkit for EFI-based machines like the Intel Macs. It gives you easy access to the EFI environment and serves as a hook for pre-boot applications. Beyond that, the project aims to become a common platform for extensions to the built-in boot capabilities, like legacy BIOS booting on Apple's legacy-free Intel computers.

What's New

Version 0.14:
  • Configuration option to set the default boot choice.
  • Fixes for Snow Leopard and 64-bit kernel mode.
  • Fixes for detecting recent versions of GRUB2 and Haiku, added detection for NetBSD.
  • Support for various additional partition types in gptsync.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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LeeL7158 Member IconReview+5
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rEFIt for OS X is the best thing I've found yet for booting my favorite OS's, it's pretty stable for ubuntu distros like "elementary OS".. I've tried other Linux distros like Linux Mint.. but wont work for ME.. you do need to BOOT Twice after install
it sure is nice not having to use the OPTION key any more.. and for some reason I have not been able to use a wired connection, just wifi?? :>) LL

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Version 0.14
Fishscale Member IconComment+868
Fishscale
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Anybody able to get ubuntu or other linux distros to boot with rEFIt? I know it is a problem with certain macs and not rEFIt but would love to know if people have found solutions for booting into linux, particularly on an EArly 2008 MBP with the culprit most of the time being the graphics card I think, no expert but that seems to be the main problem... " NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 512 MB"?

This program is absolutely amazing, I just wish I was more adept at figuring out how to disable the graphics card for the boot into linux.... Thanks and if you need this app, definitely worth a look.

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Version 0.14
Simbasounds Member IconReview+46
Simbasounds
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So simple.. So necessary*


* if you're into advanced boot modifications, otherwise I imagine it's useful depending on the scenario

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Version 0.14
I(pod)mac Member IconComment+67
I(pod)mac
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The correct version number is 0.14 (from developer's site: "2010-03-07: Version 0.14 was released. This release adds a configuration option for the default boot choice, fixes the Linux/GRUB detection issue, and fixes Snow Leopard 64-bit issues.")

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Version 0.13
Beang Member IconReview+3
Beang
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hardcore users / developers NEED this. can't live without it.

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Version 0.13
Chronicfathead Member IconReview+7
Chronicfathead
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This is an excellent boot manager. I used to miss pressing the alt key when my MBP started up, and would have to reboot again. Now I have rEFIt I don't have any problems.

It's big, clear and reasonably stable. I say reasonably, as every now and again when I boot up I don't get the choice. I haven't worked out what I've done before it happens, as it happens so infrequently.

Well worth the download!

So good, when I've had to set up dual booting for customers Mac's, I always install it.

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Version 0.13
Michael-Kwasnicki Member IconReview+13
Michael-Kwasnicki
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This ist not a normal boot manager. With this tool you can also boot Linux or other OSes from external harddrives which is not supported by BootCamp. This enables the ability to not only use the internal Harddrive where you have to create partitions that limit your internal disk space. You can use dedicated external harddrives for the OSes. And that is awesome.

(just bad that Windows does not allow to be installed on an external Harddrive even it recognizes it)

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Version 0.12
iStuntman Member IconReview+3
iStuntman
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Very nice and easy to use boot manager. Must have if using Boot Camp. This app makes rebooting pleasant.

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Version 0.10
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Downloads 31,323
Version Downloads 18,352
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 08 Mar 2010
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free