It’s Official: Porting Kit is Catalina ready now!

It took a long while and thanks to the hard work of Dean alias Gcenx of the unofficial Wineskin, and Vitor from the Portingkit team, and of course many thanks to Codeweavers, who made the 32bit->64bit conversion possible, we finally have something to work with! It’s not perfect yet but, it at least Porting Kit (with the 32-bit games) works now with SIP disabled.

Existing installed game ports, needs to be re-installed. It needs the WS11 engines now in Catalina! So don’t panic when you launch your installed games, it’s “Normal” that it doesn’t work, (because of the old engine it still contains) it needs to be reinstalled.

I am also proud to introduce Dean alias Gcenx into the Porting Kit team :) With his Wineskin knowledge we can streamline Porting Kit more and more using the Wineskin app. So a big welcome to him!

How it works?
Exact the same as you used to, but you need to have SIP disabled. SIP in Catalina has some enhancements/improvements has been introduced which overlaps and reinforces the filesystem protections that SIP provides. So that causes that Porting Kit SIP enabled worked in Mojave and now not in Catalina. So it needs to be disabled for Porting Kit to work (Yes, your system will still be good protected, but not that tight as when SIP enabled). So you have to disable it using these instructions:

  1. Click the Apple symbol in the Menu bar.
  2. Click Restart…
  3. Hold down Command-R to reboot into Recovery Mode.
  4. Click Utilities.
  5. Select Terminal.
  6. Type csrutil disable.
  7. Press Return or Enter on your keyboard.
  8. Click the Apple symbol in the Menu bar.
  9. Click Restart…

Or check these video instructions…. how to do that.

Some challenges which still needs to be overcome:
– SIP Disabled (needs to be enabled in the end)
– Only 2 Wine Engines available (newest ones) to use
– Some bugs in games (as comes with every new Mac OS)
– Popup of “security input” settings may appear at launch

All challenges which we hope to get fixed through time. At least we have something what works in Catalina when SIP is disabled (for now) of course.

Go to Catalina yes or no?
Thats up to you. You can wait until we fix the issues. Or if you are on Catalina and want SIP to be enabled, I strongly recommend Crossover for now. Not bad to support the people who made the 32bit->64bit technology. If you are already on Catalina, don’t bother SIP, then you can use Porting Kit :)

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