I noticed that I could not install and use rEFInd after upgrading to OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This restricts me to OS X so I cannot boot my Linux partition.

I get the following error: error "Could not set boot device property: 0xe00002bc"

  • I hope this gets more up votes, you definitely deserve it. +1 from me. This question is rampant whenever I help people with dual-booting who have already "upgraded" to El Capitan. Feb 21, 2016 at 10:41

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You must disable System Integrity Projection.

  1. Restart the computer, while booting hold down Command-R to boot into recovery mode.
  2. Once booted, navigate to the “Utilities > Terminal” in the top menu bar.
  3. Enter csrutil disable in the terminal window and hit the return key.
  4. Restart the machine and System Integrity Protection will now be disabled.

source: http://mattjanik.ca/blog/2015/10/01/refind-on-el-capitan/

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    Note this method is out of date - there is no need to disable SIP - normal users shouldn't disable SIP - read the manual: rodsbooks.com/refind/sip.html#recovery - or see other answers below (including from Rod himself)
    – Greg
    Nov 8, 2016 at 0:28

I know this is an old question, but I just had to go through this issue when attempting to install rEFInd on a 2015 MBP. When trying to install by running ./refind-install in the terminal, I kept getting a message telling me that system integrity protection was enabled, and I could not do an install without rebooting into the recovery volume. The solution without disabling system integrity protection (it's probably there for a good reason):

  1. In terminal, type cd ~/Downloads
  2. Download the current install file with curl -s -L https://sourceforge.net/projects/refind/files/0.10.3/refind-bin-0.10.3.zip
  3. unzip refind-bin-0.10.3.zip
  4. Reboot, holding down cmd + r when the chime sounds
  5. Open utilities -> Terminal
  6. Your hard drive is no longer accessible at / since your on a different partition. Instead, it's now under /Volumes/{name of your hard drive}. If you don't already know what it's called (default is 'Macintosh\ HD'), type cd /Volumes, then ls to see it listed there.
  7. Type cd /Volumes/{name of your hard drive}/Users/{your username}/Downloads. For example, mine is cd /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Users/Ayden/Downloads. Remember to escape all spaces in directory or filenames with '\ ', and use tab for autocompletion.
  8. Type ./refind-install --root /Volumes/{Your hard drive} --yes. You should get a successful completion notice.
  9. Reboot. You should see rEFInd. To see the default boot manager, press the option key while booting.

Note: to see more install options type vim refind-install while in the ~/Downloads/refind-bin-0.10.3 directory. They are listed at the top. To quit vim, type :q.

  • I cannot find my directory at all from the recovery start. In /Volumes, I only have the OSX Startup Disk and Untitled, which I think is the new;y created space on the disk I made using Disc utility
    – Simon H
    Feb 3, 2017 at 7:29

With the release of rEFInd 0.10.0, there's no official rEFInd documentation on this issue:


That version's installation script (now called refind-install) also runs from the Recovery HD, and rEFInd itself can manage SIP settings, which give two more options for how to work around the issue.


As an alternative, for example if you (like me) had removed the recovery partition before upgrading to El Capitan (which didn't restore it), boot into your rEFInd USB stick, from there boot into Linux, install your rEFInd Linux package and install rEFInd back into your HD from Linux.


http://www.zealpeal.com/dual-boot-os-x-el-capitan-on-macbook-pro-with-kali-linux/ check this full guide on dual booting os x el capitan and installing rEFInd.

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    – nohillside
    Dec 25, 2015 at 18:34

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