Magic Online On A Mac

I have been wanting to get into MTGO cause I usually can’t make it to FNM, and I thought being on a Mac would stop that, How can I get MTGO on my mac?

Any Information would be helpful.

I asked Marshall to answer this question for the blog. Here’s his response! -Jon

I get this question a lot. Here is the setup I use, it’s pretty easy:

1. Virtualization software

This is different than emulation software, and there are two main products for this: Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion. I use Parallels but have used VMWare in the past and been pleased. You need to purchase this software and install it on your Mac. This will allow you to install and run Windows while running OSX.

2. Windows

You will need a licensed copy of Windows to install as a virtual machine on your Mac. You can install any Windows OS that will run MTGO, I use Windows 7 as I find it the most stable, with the least maintenance.

After you get Parallels or similar installed, you can install Windows as a virtual machine. Your chosen program will give you instructions and they have really made it very easy to do this. Then just install MTGO on Windows and your are good to go.

Another option if you don’t need to run Windows at the same time as using Boot Camp, which is free and comes preinstalled on your Mac computer. This is called “Dual-booting”, where instead of running Mac OSX and Windows at the same time, you choose which one you want to run when you turn on the computer. You still have to have a licensed copy of Windows to do this.

You can install Windows and MTGO on it and just boot into a Windows machine when you want to play. This is not particularly convenient though as you have to reboot the computer just to play MTGO and you can’t access your Mac apps while you are doing this.

I recommend just shelling out some extra money for Parallels or VMWare Fusion, as they run excellently on both my 11″ Macbook Air and my 27″ iMac.

**MTGO V4 Update 7/23/14**

I had terrible issues with the V4 client shortly after its launch. The client would boot me 4-5 times per draft, forcing me to relog and miss picks.

Listener Alan wrote in with a fix:

If you have your Parallels Virtual Machine configured in the default manner, the network connection type will be Shared Network, as seen here:

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 3.20.51 PM

The problem is that it will renew the DHCP Lease every 30 minutes with this setup. This shouldn’t be an issue, but the V4 client of MTGO is touchy about the connection, and will boot you every time it resets.

If you change your “Type” to Default Adapter like this:

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 3.20.42 PM

The program will renew the lease every 24 hours, eliminating the problem.

If you find yourself with constant disconnect issues, this should fix it (it did for me).

Good luck!


26 thoughts on “Magic Online On A Mac

    • It fails.

      More specifically, the downloadable installer is really just a redirector to the WotC server that hosts the current installer version, which calls a web browser to manage the download during the installer runtime. Since Wineskin can’t redirect that call to the OSX default browser, the runtime dies there.

  1. This was very helpful. I’ve been wanting to play mtgo on my mac for years, but struggled to figure out how. The simplicity of this answer gave me the motivation I needed to try again. Thanks!

    • Hi I am so close! Windows and MTGO is running in virtual box- however- MTGO is not displaying properly- the right side of the screen is cut off. Any thoughts on how to fix this? Thanks

  2. So i downloaded virtual box and installed windows 10. WIndows runs fine and everything seems to work. However, when go to download MTG online itself, It wont download and it says that setup.exe failed due to signature or something. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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  3. I need help as well. I downloaded Virtual Box and downloaded the install for Windows 10 but know what do do from here. I’m getting the “FATAL – No bootable medium found”. I read that this may be because I haven’t like that Windows 10 to Virtual Box yet, but that’s because I haven’t fully installed it. I’m just staring at the download, but don’t know what to do with all of the files in that folder. They’re “” and “boot” etc., but any time I try to interact with those it says it’s not compatible with my OS.

    I’m sorry, I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m horrible with this stuff. I’m just a sad Mac user wanting to play MTGO because none of my buds play IRL, ha.

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