macOS does not boot in Virtualbox – vm is terminated

You have downloaded macOS High Sierra or and installed it on VirtualBox. Only to see that it cannot boot or virtual machine is terminated.

Error message you might see in the logs:

Changing the VM state from ‘DESTROYING’ to ‘TERMINATED’

This is how I resolved it:

  • Under general settings, set the Version to Mac OS (64-bit).

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  • Under Motherboard, set Chipset to PIIX3.


  • Under Acceleration, set Paravirtualisation Interface to KVM.


Now, you will be able to boot into macOS using virtualbox.