There are a couple of the explanation why you would possibly need to obtain and set up outdated variations of macOS or Mac OS X. Maybe you're counting on software program you might have found doesn’t work correctly within the newest model. Or possibly you simply don’t like the brand new model of macOS that you've put in.
One other situation is that you're a developer and that you must be working a number of variations of macOS and Mac OS X in an effort to make sure that your software program runs appropriately on them. Both manner, you might have questions and we have now solutions.
On this article we are going to cowl how you can get outdated variations of macOS together with Massive Sur, Catalina, Mojave, El Capitan, Sierra, Yosemite and even outdated variations of Mac OS X. We clarify how you can pay money for the related installer information in an effort to set up the software program in your Mac.
Now we have a separate article that explains how you can set up outdated variations of macOS for if you get to that stage of the method.
In case you are searching for a approach to revert to the earlier model of macOS, we have now a extra particular article about downgrading from Monterey to Massive Sur and different variations, though we do cowl the tactic right here too. We even have a information to downgrading from the macOS beta.
Nevertheless, should you have been hoping to run older variations of macOS on M1 Macs that’s not doable.
You additionally would possibly need to get the installer for a model of macOS as a way to make a bootable installer for putting in macOS on a number of Macs (we additionally take a look at that situation individually).
The place can I obtain outdated macOS?
Earlier than you may set up an older model of macOS or Mac OS X you will want to pay money for the installer for the model of macOS you need to set up. Fortunately it's doable to will get maintain of those information – so long as the place to go on the Mac App Retailer.
Now we have the mandatory hyperlinks to the Mac App Retailer beneath. We are going to present you a approach to get the next macOS installers:
- macOS Massive Sur
- macOS Catalina
- macOS Mojave
- macOS Excessive Sierra
- macOS Sierra
- OS X El Capitan
- OS X Yosemite
- OS X Mavericks
- OS X Mountain Lion
- OS X Lion
*Observe that we have now found that the hyperlinks we give beneath will solely work if you're browsing in Safari, so we advise you turn to Apple’s browser earlier than transferring on. You must also shut the Mac App Retailer app when you have that open or the hyperlink could not work*
You gained’t be capable to get the Mac OS X Snow Leopard obtain this manner, however we’ll take a look at that later. Actually, we let you know how you can get copies of Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion too!
Now we have a listing of which Macs run which variations of macOS & Mac OS X.
The right way to obtain macOS Massive Sur
You possibly can obtain the installer for Massive Sur from the Mac App Retailer – so long as the place to search out it – looking out the Mac App Retailer won't work.
- Click on on this hyperlink which to open the Mac App Retailer on the Massive Sur web page. (Use Safari and ensure the Mac App Retailer app is closed first or it won't work).
Comply with these steps to obtain Massive Sur (or another model of macOS) from the Mac App Retailer:
- Click on this hyperlink to open the Mac App Retailer on the Massive Sur web page.
- Click on on Get.
- Software program Replace will open with the phrases “Discovering Replace”. Finally a message “Are you positive you need to obtain macOS Massive Sur” will seem. It would appear to be an replace reasonably than the complete model, however you’ll see from the dimensions of the obtain (round 6GB) that that is the whole installer for Massive Sur.
- As soon as the installer has downloaded don't click on Set up. In case you set up it the installer will robotically be deleted.
- It is best to be capable to discover the Set up macOS Massive Sur app in your Functions folder, you’ll want this for the subsequent steps, which we define right here: The right way to downgrade macOS, set up an older model in your Mac.
The right way to obtain macOS Catalina
You may also obtain the installer for Catalina from the Mac App Retailer – so long as the magic hyperlink.
- Click on on this hyperlink which can open the Mac App Retailer on the Catalina web page. (Use Safari and ensure the Mac App Retailer app is closed first).
As above, observe these steps to obtain Catalina (or another model of macOS) from the Mac App Retailer:
- Click on this hyperlink to open the Mac App Retailer on the Catalina web page.
- Click on on Get.
- Software program Replace will open with the phrases “Discovering Replace”. Finally a message “Are you positive you need to obtain macOS Catalina” will seem. It would appear to be an replace reasonably than the complete model, however you’ll see from the dimensions of the obtain (round 6GB) that that is the whole installer for Catalina.
- As soon as the installer has downloaded don't click on Set up. In case you set up it the installer will robotically be deleted.
- It is best to be capable to discover the Set up macOS Catalina app in your Functions folder, you’ll want this for the subsequent steps, which we define right here: The right way to downgrade macOS, set up an older model in your Mac.
The right way to obtain macOS Mojave
It's also doable to entry the Mojave installer by way of this hyperlink to the Mac App Retailer. Observe that as above, for this hyperlink to work that you must be working Safari and that you must shut the Mac App Retailer app first. If the Mac App Retailer app is open this redirect won't work.
- Click on on this hyperlink to open the Mac App Retailer on the Mojave web page.
Comply with the steps within the part above to obtain it.
The right way to obtain Excessive Sierra
It's also doable to obtain Excessive Sierra by way of this hyperlink. (Use Safari, shut the Mac App Retailer app first).
Comply with the steps within the part above to obtain Excessive Sierra.
The right way to obtain Sierra, El Capitan or Yosemite
Apple supplies dmg information of those older macOS variations – that you must obtain them in Safari. A disk picture named InstallOS.dmg will obtain and as soon as it does that you must find the pkg installer contained in the disk picture.
- You possibly can Sierra by way of this hyperlink.
- El Capitan could be downloaded from this hyperlink.
- Yosemite is accessible right here.
That Mac App Retailer hyperlink isn’t working for me!
We’ve stated above that in our expertise often the rationale the above hyperlinks don’t work is if you're searching in one thing apart from Safari, or if you already have the Mac App Retailer open. Nevertheless, if you're nonetheless discovering that the hyperlink isn’t working you may strive the choice strategies beneath.
One other subject is that if the hyperlink takes you to the right web page within the Mac App Retailer, however you see an Replace not discovered error message if you attempt to obtain it. This is a matter we're conscious of that others have encountered, though we haven’t. In that case we advise you attempt to obtain the installer by way of that hyperlink utilizing an older Mac.
You may additionally encounter points if you're making an attempt to obtain an older model of macOS that your Mac can not help. Normally when Apple introduces a brand new Mac it won't be able to run the model of macOS that shipped earlier than the one put in on that Mac. The older macOS won't help sure elements in that Mac, for instance.
Discover out extra about what model of macOS your Mac helps right here: What model of macOS can my Mac run?
Different methods to get outdated macOS variations
In case you are working an older model of macOS – or somebody is – you need to be capable to simply discover older variations of macOS and even Mac OS X within the Mac App Retailer. How simple they're to search out will likely be decided by the model of macOS working on that Mac.
Previous to macOS Mojave’s arrival in 2018 the installers for the older macOS variations might be looked for or discovered by way of the Bought tab (not that anybody has needed to pay for a Mac OS X replace for years).
Nevertheless, when Apple launched Mojave the Mac App Retailer modified, and these installers can now not be looked for or discovered within the bought part of the shop. (Though we do have redirect hyperlinks within the part above to every of the related pages on the Mac App Retailer.)
In case you occur to have entry to a Mac that’s working an older model of macOS, log into the Mac App Retailer together with your password and obtain the Mojave installer on that Mac. Alternatively ask a pal to obtain a duplicate of the installer from the Mac App Retailer for you. We run via this methodology within the part beneath.
As above, as soon as the installer has downloaded don’t set up it! In case you do then the installer will likely be deleted. You’ll discover the installer in your Functions folder from which you'll be able to copy on to your Mac – or create a bootable installer.
We’ve heard that it could be doable to obtain the installer by way of Terminal, nonetheless we have been unable to get that methodology to work.
You may additionally discover updates to outdated model of macOS on Apple’s web site right here, nonetheless these are simply level updates, reasonably than the complete model, so it gained’t be a lot assist if you're making an attempt to get the complete obtain.
The one factor you actually mustn’t do is go to a torrent web site and obtain a duplicate of the OS X you need. Simply because Apple provides away its software program at no cost, don’t suppose it’s tremendous to only decide up a duplicate. Pirated copies of Apple software program may have been adjusted to permit hackers entry to the software program and your Mac.
Obtain Mac OS X
If in case you have entry to a Mac working OS X Yosemite or older it's doable to see outdated variations of Mac OS X within the Mac App Retailer. Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion can all be seen right here.
It’s value noting that you simply’ll solely see outdated variations of Mac OS X that you simply’ve downloaded beneath Bought – should you by no means downloaded it (or if it was by no means on the Mac App Retailer), that model won't be in your Bought part. One more reason why the model of Mac OS X could be lacking is that if your machine shipped with that model put in. We’ll take a look at that situation later.
Right here is how you can get an older model of Mac OS X from the Mac App Retailer (this solely works should you’ve downloaded it up to now and it gained’t work when you have already put in Mojave or later):
- Open the Mac App Retailer (select Retailer > Signal In if that you must log in).
- Click on Bought.
- Scroll down to search out the copy of OS X or macOS you need.
- Click on Set up.
Clicking Set up gained’t truly set up the software program, however it would obtain the installer utility to your Functions folder.
You gained’t be capable to merely set up this older model of the working system immediately onto a Mac working a more recent model of OS X or macOS. We are going to clarify how it may be put in on a Mac – together with one presently working an earlier working system right here: The right way to set up outdated Mac OS X variations.
Can’t discover Mac OS X in Bought?
If you might have beforehand downloaded the model of macOS you're after, however you aren’t seeing it within the Bought part, there are some things to strive:
- Sign off of the App Retailer then log in once more.
- If it’s a risk that you simply downloaded it whereas logged in to a special Apple ID (maybe a work-related one), log in utilizing that ID.
- Alternatively, discover somebody who has downloaded that model of the Mac working system and ask them to obtain the set up file for you.
In case you by no means downloaded the model of Mac OS X then soar to step three and discover a pleasant one who did. Ask them to obtain the Mac OS X installer for you.
Fortunately the copy of OS X isn’t locked to their account so it would set up on any Mac.
The right way to get OS X Lion, Mountain Lion
Previous to June 2021 you may buy OS X 10.7 Lion or Mountain Lion from Apple for £19.99 every – Apple would ship you a obtain code. Now Apple has stopped charging for the ageing working system variations. As an alternative you may obtain the working methods immediately from the corporate’s web site.
The working methods could be downloaded from the next hyperlinks:
- DMG for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (4.72GB)
- DMG for Mac OS X 10.Eight Mountain Lion (4.45GB)
If it’s Mac OS X 10.7 Lion that you're after, it’s nonetheless obtainable for £19.99 right here US or right here UK. Apple will ship you a obtain code to make use of on the Mac App Retailer, so you will want to be working Snow Leopard to put in it.
If it’s OS X 10.Eight Mountain Lion you can nonetheless purchase it for £19.99 right here US or right here UK.
Now we have extra details about getting the free installers for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion from Apple in Apple affords free downloads of OS X Lion and Mountain Lion.
Whether or not your Mac will truly run these working methods is one other query we tackle right here: Which variations of macOS can my Mac run? Observe that solely Macs that predate 2012 will run Lion.
The right way to get OS X Snow Leopard
In case your Mac has a model of macOS put in that's older than Snow Leopard you gained’t have entry to the Mac App Retailer. Since for various years after Snow Leopard arrived all variations of Mac OS X arrived by way of the Mac App Retailer, those that by no means put in Snow Leopard had an issue: with out Snow Leopard they couldn’t replace.
Till 2021 Apple nonetheless bought a boxed model of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard right here for £19.99 (at its launch in 2009 it value £25). In case you bought Snow Leopard this manner you have been despatched a bodily field containing an optical disc – so you will want a CD/DVD drive to put in it (which you'll in all probability have if the Mac is that outdated).
Apple has now eliminated the flexibility to purchase Snow Leopard. Nevertheless, this isn’t an enormous drawback as a result of these individuals who have been beforehand locked out of updates can now obtain the Lion or Mountain Lion replace, as defined above.
The right way to get OS X Leopard or earlier
If the outdated model of the OS you're after predates Snow Leopard and you've got a developer account you would possibly be capable to get it from developer.apple.com/downloads. In case you search inside the OS X class you need to see downloads for all variations of OS X, not less than from model 10.three to 10.6.
You could possibly entry the Developer part of the web site, however you'll solely be capable to entry sure software program downloads in case your Apple ID is related to a paid Apple Developer Program.
In case you haven’t signed up as a Apple Developer, discover out what that entails right here. It prices £79 ($99) a yr to affix the Apple Developer Program and you must signal a non disclosure settlement.
You would additionally strive wanting on Amazon or eBay to see if anybody is promoting outdated variations of the Mac working system. For instance there’s a Full Set up of OS X Lion obtainable for £8.50 on Amazon right here.
If it’s Tiger you're after, then it would value a little bit extra. There was a duplicate of Tiger on Amazon for £89.99 nevertheless it’s presently unavailable.