Apple released every update for macOS, whether major or minor, via Mac App Store. Digital delivery to users makes it easy to download and update, however, it is not convenient in certain scenarios. Some users might need to keep a physical copy of macOS due to slow Internet connectivity. Others might need to create a physical copy to format their Mac and perform a clean install. Specially with the upcoming releasee of macOS Mojave, it is important to know how the full installer can be downloaded.
We have already covered different methods before which let you create a bootable USB installer for macOS. The first method was via a terminal, while the second method involved the usage of some third-party apps, that make the whole process simple. However, in that guide, we mentioned that the installer has to be downloaded from the Mac App Store. The installer files can be used after download, by cancelling the installation wizard for macOS. However, for some users, this might not be the complete download. Many users report that they receive installation files which are just a few MB in size.
Luckily, there is a tool called macOS Mojave Patcher. While this tool has been developed to help users run macOS Mojave/macOS 10.14 on unsupported Macs, it has a brilliant little feature that lets you download the full Mojave installer too. Because Mojave will only download on supported Macs, this tool lets users download it using a supported Mac, created a bootable USB installer and install it on an unsupported Mac. Here is how you can use this app.
Using macOS Mojave Patcher to download full Mojave installer
- Download the app from here. (Always use the latest version from this link.)
- Opening it might show a warning dialogue. You’ll have to go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy to allow the app to run.Click Open Anyway in Security & Privacy.
- Once you are able to open the app, you’ll get a message that your machine is natively supported. Click ok.
- Go to Tools > Download macOS Mojave, to start the download. The app will ask you where you want to save the installer file. Note that the files are downloaded directly from Apple, so you wouldn’t have to worry about them being corrupted.The download will be around 6GB+ so make sure that you have enough space on your Mac.Once the download starts, the app will show you a progress bar. This might take a while, depending on your Internet connection speed.
Once the download is complete, you can use this installer file to create a bootable USB.
P.S. if you just want to download a combo update for Mojave, they are available as small installers from Apple and can be downloaded here.