I have installed rEFInd 0.8.7 on my 2015 13" MBP onto another partition however it does not detect OS X.

Here are my disk partitions:

   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *251.0 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Macintosh HD            234.6 GB   disk0s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s6
   4:       Microsoft Basic Data Linux                   15.1 GB    disk0s4
   5:                  Apple_HFS rEFInd                  423.7 MB   disk0s5

disk0s4 is where I would like to install Linux when I get rEFInd to work, while disk0s5 is where I have rEFInd installed to by using the command sudo ./install.sh --alldrivers --ownhfs /dev/disk0s5.

The issue I am getting is when I boot up it does not show Yosemite 10.3 (I only have accsess to the buttons at the bottom). To boot to OS X I have to reboot and hold the option key and select Macintosh HD.

How would I get rEFInd to detect OS X?

  • what OS is on disk0s4? No swap? No home? Purely for my edification.
    – Thufir
    Commented Jul 15, 2018 at 10:21
  • I can’t remember as I no longer have this setup. Judging by the name, I think it was Ubuntu Linux I was trying to install. I remember triple booting at one point. If not Linux, it was Windows.
    – iProgram
    Commented Jul 15, 2018 at 10:53

1 Answer 1


Edit this file:


Add the following text to the end of the above file.

scanfor manual,internal,hdbios,external,biosexternal,optical,cd
dont_scan_dirs /System/Library/CoreServices
menuentry "Mac OS X" {
    icon \System\Library\CoreServices\icons\os_mac.png
    volume "Macintosh HD"
    loader \System\Library\CoreServices\boot.efi
    graphics on



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