Valheim hasn’t been released for Mac but there are still a few easy ways to play Valheim on a Mac in 2023.
Valheim is a viking inspired brutal survival and exploration game for up to 10 players that sold more than a million copies in the first week of its release on 2nd February 2021.
At the moment, Valheim is only available for Windows or Linux and there is no version for Mac, PlayStation or XBox.
The good news is there are still a few ways to get Valheim on a Mac as we’ll explain.
Valheim For Mac: How To Play It
However, the demands of Valheim mean that there’s a lot of glitches playing Valheim using virtualization software such as Parallels.
We therefore recommend using GeForce Now because it’s by far the easiest way to play Valheim on a Mac, it’s free for limited gameplay and it works on both Intel and the latest Apple Silicon M1 & M2 Macs.
Although Valheim is on Steam for Windows only, you can sync your Steam account with GeForce Now For Mac and play Valheim on a Mac.
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With this in mind, here are the best ways to play Valheim on a Mac including M1 & M2 Macs.
GeForce Now is NVIDIA’s gaming platform that allows you to play Windows only games in the Cloud.
Since Boot Camp is not available on Apple Silicon M1/M2 Macs and virtual machines don’t run Valheim very well, GeForce Now is by far the best way to play Valheim on an M1 or M2 Mac.
Although Valheim is only available on Steam for Windows, you can sync your Steam account with GeForce Now For Mac and play Valheim on a Mac via your linked Steam account.
It’s important therefore that you must own Valheim on Steam before you can link it to GeForce Now.
Gaming on a Mac using GeForce Now is extremely fast and you won’t notice any lag or dropped frames.
Even better, GeForce Now is free for one hour of gameplay so you can play Valheim on a Mac for up to an hour for free although if you want to play longer, you need to pay for a GeForce Now subscription.
Note that GeForce Now is available in most major regions including the USA, Europe, Japan, Russia and Australia but is not available worldwide.
If GeForce Now is not available in your country, you can also try using a VPN on your Mac which will allow you to unblock it in your region.
To play Valheim on a Mac using GeForce Now just follow these instructions:
- Download GeForce Now for Mac and install it on your Mac.
- Install GeForce Now on your Mac. If you see a warning “NVIDIA GeForce Now” is an app downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?” click on Open.
- Drag and drop the GeForce Now app into your Applications folder.
- You then need to link your Steam account to GeForce Now in order to play Valheim on your Mac. To do this, log into your Steam account and click on the chain-link to open the Game Sync options.
- It’s important that your Steam games profile is now set to “Public”. You then need to link your GeForce Now account by signing into it via Steam.
- You must then go back to the GeForce Now app and confirm that you have logged-in and synced to the Steam account. GeForce Now will then confirm you are linked to Steam and show you the number of games that are linked.
You will then see Valheim in your GeForce Now games library and can play Valheim on your Mac.
Since everything is streamed over the Cloud, GeForce Now works on any Mac made after 2009 so it even allows you to play Valheim on older Macs.
This also means you can play Valheim on both Intel Mac and Apple Silicon M1/M2 chip Macs.
GeForce Now is free for 1 hour of gameplay so you can play Valheim on your Mac for free first although you may have to wait up to an hour for a free slot first.
To skip the queue and for more than one hour’s gameplay you need to click on Upgrade or Join Now in the top right of the screen.
GeForce Now costs $9.99 per month for up to 6 hours per session and $19.99 for up to 8 hours gameplay per session.
The $19.99 RTX 3080 subscription also includes faster servers and support for 4K resolution with up to 120 Frames Per Second (FPS).
Note that for this subscription GeForce Now recommends running at least macOS 10.13.2 or later on a newer Mac such as the MacBook Pro 2016 and later, MacBook 2016 and later, MacBook Air 2018 and later, iMac 2017 and later, iMac 27″ Late 2015 or later, Mac Mini 2018 and later, Mac Pro 2019 and later, or iMac Pro.
You can find more information about GeForce Now subscriptions here.
You can check our full GeForce Now For Mac review for more.
The other way to play Valheim on a Mac is by installing Windows for free with Boot Camp.
You can then play the Windows version of Valheim on your Mac via the Steam store.
Boot Camp is a free tool in macOS that allows you to install Windows in a partition on your hard drive so that you can use your Mac as a Windows PC whenever you want.
Note that Boot Camp only works with Intel Macs and does not work with M1/M2 chip Macs.
Since Boot Camp is a free utility, and you can now install Windows 10 for free on a Mac without an activation code, the only thing you’ll have to buy is Valheim from the Steam store.
Can You Play Valheim in Parallels & M1/M2 Macs?
It also allows you to run Windows on M1 & M2 Macs to play Windows only games like Valheim.
However, the problem is that the graphics acceleration in a virtual machine like Parallels is not good enough for a game like Valheim.
The result is that buildings and walls will not render well and the gameplay is very choppy.
You’d get killed pretty quickly by a boar chasing you in Valheim using Parallels as the gameplay is so slow.
Boot Camp allows you to dedicate all of your Mac’s graphics card to running Windows and Valheim so the performance is much better.
The same applies to Crossover which is a different type of Windows emulation software but suffers the same problems running Valheim as Parallels.
As a result, the best way to play Valheim on Mac on both Intel and Apple Silicon M1/M2 Macs is by using GeForce Now.
When Is Valheim Coming To Mac?
At the moment, there is Valheim for Mac release date but the developers of Valheim Iron Gate have stated that:
A Mac-version will be released if there is any significant demand for it.
At the moment, there is a Change.org petition to get a port of Valheim made for macOS so if you’re desperate to play it on macOS you can add your name to the list.