Ubuntu: Macbook Pro Retina (Early 2015) does not recognize ubuntu partition as bootable


Hope everyone is well and had a good weekend.

I'm working on getting my Macbook Pro Retina (early 2015) to dual boot Ubuntu Gnome 16.04. I've gone through the installation process listed at this tutorial - the installation step is sparse and although I've followed it, I may have missed an ambiguous step.

I think my most likely culprits are either a bad install, either through an incomplete step towards the end, or through not properly setting up my file-system OR something with my grub.

So far I've done the following:

  1. Shrunk my OSX partition in Disk Utility
  2. Created a live bootable usb of Ubuntu
  3. Install rEFInd - Laptop now boots straight to EFI, no holding alt key.
  4. Booted to the USB (everything actually looks good - screen size, wifi etc. all work)
  5. Jumped into GParted and created an ext4 partition mounted at /
  6. Created a swap partition 1.5X the size of my ram (8gb ram => 12gb swap)
  7. Follow installation app instructions, installing Ubuntu 16.04 onto the new partition. (the installer closes but I get a never-ending spinning mouse (akin to the swirling rainbow on Mac)
  8. Run sudo efibootmgr -o 0000,0080 so now efibootmgr lists the following output:

    BootCurrent: 0080 Timeout: 5 seconds BootOrder: 0080,0000 Boot0000* Linux Boot0080* Mac OS X Boot0082* BootFFFF*

So this would ead me to believe that without rEFInd installed (uninstall it in OSX) I'll be able to boot straight to Ubuntu. This is not the case. In fact, Ubuntu doesn't show up at all on rEFInd. I wouldn't think this part would really matter since I have an rEFInd isntalled, but I'm just going through the motions.

I should also mention that the device doesn't show up in the menu that shows up when you hold the alt key at boot, I only see Mac OS X and boot device, which is my live USB.

So can someone jump in and help me out? I've installed Ubuntu plenty of times, but only once or twice in a dual-boot fashion, and never on a Mac. It feels like I'm not doing the partitioning properly, or I've messed something up with the efibootmgr.

In case I missed something really simple, here's what my Gparted screen looks like:



If Linux isn't showing up in rEFInd, chances are the right filesystem driver isn't installed. If you used ext4fs for Ubuntu (and it looks like you did), re-installing rEFInd in OS X should take care of the problem and get you going. If you used something other than ext4fs for Ubuntu, you'll need to manually install the correct driver. See the rEFInd filesystem drivers page for more on this subject.

If you need more help, please run the Boot Info Script. This will generate a file called RESULTS.txt. Post that file to a pastebin site and post the URL to your document here. This will give us more details about your configuration.


I believe you may have made a typo when you issued the command sudo efibootmgr -o 0000,0080 and that is the source of your problem. Check it with sudo efibootmanager and correct it as necessary.

If that's not it, you'll note that in the tutorial you say you followed the directions state clearly how to do this with the Ubuntu installer. Your attempt to do the partitioning with gparted likely missed an important step (perhaps a boot flag?) I don't see any reason why the instructions you are following for 15.10 wouldn't work for 16.04 but I don't have the hardware to test it.

If all else fails, install 15.10 and do an upgrade to 16.04 LTS which will give you the result you are looking for. I highly recommend letting the installer handle the partitions for you as outlined in the tutorial you were following.

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