If your Mac isn’t compatible with the latest macOS then the good news is that we can still download and install previous or earlier macOS, such as macOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra or El Capitan. If you do not know how to do it, please continue to see the content below.
Get the latest features and maintain the security, stability, compatibility, and performance of your Mac. Apple recommends that we always use the latest macOS compatible with our Mac and also update our existing apps to the latest version.
How to download earlier versions of macOS
Currently, there are 2 ways that we can perform the download of old macOS to create a reinstaller for the Macbook, the first is to use the Termial command line and the second is to download through the AppStore.
Watch the video for detailed instructions on installing macOS for Macbook
How to download old version macOS from AppStore
This is much faster and simpler than using the Terminal command line, you can find and download the date of the macOS version you want through the information below.
- macOS Catalina 10.15 upgradable from Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks
- macOS Mojave 10.14 upgradable from High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion
- macOS High Sierra 10.13 upgradable from Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion
- macOS Sierra 10.12 Can be upgraded from El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, or Lion
- OS X El Capitan 10.11 Can be upgraded from Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard
- OS X Yosemite 10.10 is upgradeable from Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard
As soon as you click on the appropriate macOS version, the AppStore application will appear and you just need to press the Get button to download.
Download old version of macOS using Terminal
After downloading the macOS installer using Terminal, they will be saved to the / Applications folder of macOS, similar to how to download from the AppStore.
General syntax for loading macOS installer via Terminal command line
softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version **.**.*
We need replacement **. **. * Fort macOS version name to download.
Download macOS Mojave 10.14.6 installer
softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version 10.14.6
Download the full High Sierra 10.13.6 installer
softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version 10.13.6
Download the full macOS Catalina 10.15.3 installer
softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version 10.15.3
Download time is fast or slow depending on the speed of the Internet connection you are using, usually these macOS installers have quite fast download speeds, usually MAX bandwidth at your home Internet. It only takes about 1 hour to download the macOS Big Sur installer with a capacity of more than 10 GB.
By now, you already know how to download the old macOS installer to reinstall it on your Mac, right? Hopefully this article will help solve the problem you have encountered or find a way to download the official macOS from Apple, if you have any other questions or suggestions related to the article, do not forget to leave a comment. Your comment right in the section below.
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