Create A Bootable Macos

  
  1. Use the bootable installer. After creating the bootable installer, follow these steps to use it. Connect the bootable installer to a compatible Mac. Use Startup Manager or Startup Disk preferences to select the bootable installer as the startup disk, then start up from it.
  2. Nov 13, 2020 Apple has a new version of macOS. It’s called Big Sur, and it’s version 11.0.In this article I’ll go over how you can create a bootable macOS Big Sur installation drive.

These advanced steps are primarily for system administrators and people who are familiar with the command line. You don't need a bootable installer to upgrade macOS or reinstall macOS, but it can be useful when you want to install it on multiple computers without having to download the installer each time.

The macOS Big Sur bootable ISO should now be created and stored on your Desktop. You can test the ISO by using it to create a macOS virtual machine with VMware Fusion or burning it to DVD and using it on another Mac. How to Create a Bootable Installer for macOS Monterey? Let’s take a look at two methods for making a bootable USB with macOS Monterey on Mac. The first method takes advantage of Apple’s own USB creation tool, while the second method relies on a third-party app called Disk Drill.

What you need to create a bootable installer

  • A USB flash drive or other secondary volume formatted as Mac OS Extended, with at least 14 GB of available storage
  • A downloaded installer for macOS Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra or El Capitan

Download macOS

  • Download: macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave or macOS High Sierra
    These will be downloaded to your Applications folder as an app called Install macOS [version name]. If the installer opens after download, quit it without continuing the installation. To get the correct installer, download from a Mac that is using macOS Sierra 10.12.5 or later, or El Capitan 10.11.6. For enterprise administrators, please download from Apple, not a locally hosted software update server.
  • Download: OS X El Capitan
    This will be downloaded as a disk image called InstallMacOSX.dmg. On a Mac that is compatible with El Capitan, open the disk image and run the installer within, which has the name InstallMacOSX.pkg. It installs an app named Install OS X El Capitan into your Applications folder. You will create the bootable installer from this app, not from the disk image or .pkg installer.

Use the 'createinstallmedia' command in Terminal

  1. Connect the USB flash drive or other volume that you're using for the bootable installer.
  2. Open Terminal, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
  3. Type or paste one of the following commands in Terminal. These assume that the installer is in your Applications folder and MyVolume is the name of the USB flash drive or other volume you're using. If it has a different name, replace MyVolume in these commands with the name of your volume.

Big Sur:*

Catalina:*

Mojave:*

High Sierra:*

El Capitan:

* If your Mac is using macOS Sierra or earlier, include the --applicationpath argument and installer path, similar to the way this was done in the command for El Capitan.


After typing the command:

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  1. Press Return to enter the command.
  2. When prompted, type your administrator password and press Return again. Terminal doesn't show any characters as you type your password.
  3. When prompted, type Y to confirm that you want to erase the volume, then press Return. Terminal displays the progress as the volume is being erased.
  4. After the volume has been erased, you may see an alert stating that Terminal would like to access files on a removable volume. Click OK to allow the copy to proceed.
  5. When Terminal says it's finished, the volume will have the same name as the installer you downloaded, such as Install macOS Big Sur. You can now quit Terminal and eject the volume.

Use the bootable installer

Determine whether you're using a Mac with Apple silicon, then follow the appropriate steps:

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  1. Plug the bootable installer into a Mac that is connected to the Internet and compatible with the version of macOS you're installing.
  2. Turn on your Mac and continue to hold the power button until you see the startup options window, which shows your bootable volumes.
  3. Select the volume containing the bootable installer, then click Continue.
  4. When the macOS installer opens, follow the onscreen instructions.

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  1. Plug the bootable installer into a Mac that is connected to the Internet and compatible with the version of macOS you're installing.
  2. Press and hold the Option (Alt) ⌥ key immediately after turning on or restarting your Mac.
  3. Release the Option key when you see a dark screen displaying your bootable volumes.
  4. Select the volume containing the bootable installer. Then click the up arrow or press Return.
    If you can't start up from the bootable installer, make sure the External Boot setting in Startup Security Utility has been set to allow booting from external media.
  5. Choose your language, if prompted.
  6. Select Install macOS (or Install OS X) from the Utilities window, then click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions.

Learn more

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A bootable installer doesn't download macOS from the Internet, but it does require an Internet connection to get firmware and other information specific to the Mac model.

For information about the createinstallmedia command and the arguments you can use with it, make sure the macOS installer is in your Applications folder, then enter the appropriate path in Terminal:

This tutorial shows you how to create a bootable macOS ISO. The ISO can be used to create a DVD to install macOS on different Mac hardware or you can use the ISO to create a macOS virtual machine.

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Before we begin

In order to create the ISO you need to download the full macOS installer app to your Applications folder. The following tutorial shows you how.

Once, you’ve downloaded the macOS installer, follow the steps below to create the ISO.

Instructions

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Open the Terminal app by pressing Command + Space, searching for “Terminal” then pressing Return.

Create a temp disk image by executing the following command.

Mount the temp disk image with the following command.

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Use the createinstallmedia utility (located inside the Install macOS Big Sur app) to copy the installer files to the mounted disk image by running the following command.

Enter your password when prompted and wait the files to copy. Once the copying has finished we can unmount the temp disk image with the following command.

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Convert the macOS disk image to an ISO file by executing the following commands.

Conclusion

The macOS Big Sur bootable ISO should now be created and stored on your Desktop. You can test the ISO by using it to create a macOS virtual machine with VMware Fusion or burning it to DVD and using it on another Mac.

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Written by Tony Mackay

Software developer, sysadmin and writer. Find me here: https://tonymackay.net