Weeks ago I created a new partition for Linux installation positioned after the Mac OS partition. I used the new larger partition to install Ubuntu (which caused the partition to be further partitioned into root, home, swap etc).

Now I'd like to delete that partition and resize the Mac OS partition back to full disk. Disk utility won't let me for reasons unknown.

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Here is diskutil list:

/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *500.3 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2: FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF               80.0 GB    disk0s2
   3:           Linux Filesystem                         319.1 GB   disk0s4
   4:           Linux Filesystem                         399.5 MB   disk0s5
   5:                 Linux Swap                         600.8 MB   disk0s6

/dev/disk1 (synthesized):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      APFS Container Scheme -                      +80.0 GB    disk1
                                 Physical Store disk0s2
   1:                APFS Volume Macintosh SSD           54.1 GB    disk1s1
   2:                APFS Volume Preboot                 45.3 MB    disk1s2
   3:                APFS Volume Recovery                1.0 GB     disk1s3
   4:                APFS Volume VM                      8.6 GB     disk1s4

/dev/disk2 (disk image):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        +1.1 GB     disk2
   1:                  Apple_HFS IntelliJ IDEA CE        977.2 MB   disk2s1

/dev/disk3 (disk image):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        +1.6 GB     disk3
   1:                  Apple_HFS LibreOffice             1.4 GB     disk3s1

/dev/disk4 (disk image):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     Apple_partition_scheme                        +179.1 MB   disk4
   1:        Apple_partition_map                         32.3 KB    disk4s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Wireshark               179.1 MB   disk4s2

/dev/disk5 (disk image):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        +10.1 MB    disk5
   1:                  Apple_HFS Android File Transfer   10.0 MB    disk5s1

/dev/disk6 (disk image):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     Apple_partition_scheme                        +196.8 MB   disk6
   1:        Apple_partition_map                         32.3 KB    disk6s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Firefox                 196.7 MB   disk6s2

/dev/disk7 (disk image):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        +1.6 GB     disk7
   1:                  Apple_HFS Android Studio 3.1.4    1.4 GB     disk7s1
  • See apple.stackexchange.com/…
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:53
  • See this particular question: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/266451/… .
    – dan
    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:01
  • Please add to your original question which tools besides Disk Utility you used to get this partition configuration.
    – dan
    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:04
  • @danielAzuelos there are no other tools. I created one larger partition for Linux with Disk Utility and that partition was then used by Ubuntu installer.
    – cen
    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:06
  • Please add this information within your original question.
    – dan
    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:09

1 Answer 1


The partition type for the APFS partition has the incorrect value.

The simplest solution would be to use the gdisk command supplied with Ubuntu to correct this problem.

If you can boot to Ubuntu from either the internal drive or from a live version, then proceed as follows.

  1. Boot to Ubuntu.
  2. Open a Terminal windows by entering the key combination control+option+T.
  3. In the window, enter the following command.

    sudo gdisk /dev/sda
  4. Enter the following commands into gdisk. Basically, you will be changing the partition type to the correct GUID.


    Note: If you are using version 1.0.4 or newer of gdisk, then you can substitute af0a for 7C3457EF-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC

  5. Quit the Terminal application.

  6. Reboot to macOS. You may need to hold down the option key at startup and then select macOS.

Removing Linux without Using the Disk Utility Application.

When removing partitions, entering commands in a Terminal application window can provide more satisfying results than relying on the Disk Utility application.

A linux partitions can be converted back to free space by entering the commands below.

  1. Use the command below to get the identifier of a partition.

    diskutil list
  2. Use the command below to remove the partition. Replace diskXsY with the identifier determined in step 1.

    diskutil eraseVolume free none diskXsY

When finished removing partitions, the free space should be allocated back to macOS. In your case, this can be accomplished using the command given below.

diskutil apfs resizeContainer disk0s2 0

Alternate Method of Employing gdisk

The gdisk command can now be accessed by a rEFInd bootable USB flash drive. Below are the instructions for creating the bootable flash drive.

  1. Goto the website The rEFInd Boot Manager: Getting rEFInd.
  2. Click on the link labeled A USB flash drive image file. Currently, this will download the file refind-flashdrive-0.11.3.zip, which defaults to the creation of the folder refind-flashdrive-0.11.3 in the Downloads folder.
  3. Insert a flash drive in a USB port. Note: All the files on this flash drive will be erased.
  4. Open a Terminal application window.
  5. Enter the command below to get the identifier of the flash drive.

    diskutil list
  6. Enter the commands below to copy the image to the flash drive. If necessary, replace disk1 with the identifier from the previous step. Also, make the appropriate substitution, if your rEFInd version is be newer than 0.11.3.

    cd ~/Downloads/refind-flashdrive-0.11.3
    diskutil unmountdisk disk1
    sudo dd if=refind-flashdrive-0.11.3.img of=/dev/disk1

Next, follow the steps below fix the partition type error.

  1. Restart the Mac and immediately hold down the option key.
  2. Select the external drive icon labeled EFI Boot.
  3. From the rEFInd menu, select the icon labeled Start disk partitioning tool.
  4. Enter the commands given below.

  5. Select the icon labeled Reboot Computer.

  • can I use gdisk command from Mac OS? I still haven't rebooted so OS is functioning and I see gdisk is also available for Mac OS.
    – cen
    Aug 23, 2018 at 11:23
  • Yes you can, but you will have to first disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) or run gdisk from macOS Recovery. Note: macOS Recovery does not include gdisk, so you will have to install gdisk before using macOS Recovery and you will have to manually enter the path to the command when booted to macOS Recovery. Aug 23, 2018 at 11:39
  • I edited my question to include a method of installing gdisk to a flash drive. This can be done before rebooting macOS. Both rEFInd and gdisk are maintained by the same person (Rod Smith) Aug 23, 2018 at 11:57

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