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How to get Mac OS Installers (Now w/Monterey)

How to Get MacOS Installers

 

This article will discuss where to download and access installers for macOS Monetery, macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, MacOS Mojave, MacOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Leopard, Mac OS X Tiger, and others too.

 

Where to Get Mac OS Installers From

The following links, using Safari Browser, point to locations from Apple website where you can download various MacOS system software installers.

New versions of MacOS installers are typically available through the Mac App Store, accessed through a computer that is compatible with the latest Mac system software release. NOTE: You MUST use Safari as other browsers like Firefox, will give an error with the AppStore.

Older versions of Mac OS X installers can often be downloaded as well, but from different sources.

For earlier versions of Mac OS X, including Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9, Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, Mac OS X Lion 10.7, Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5, Mac OS X Tiger 10.4, and before, the process to obtain those installers differs a bit.

Downloading MacOS Installers via Terminal

Mac users can download the latest macOS installer available from the Terminal by using the following command string:

softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer

You can also download specific installer versions by using the following syntax, replacing the asterisks with version number:

softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version **.**.*

For example, to get macOS 11.3.1 the syntax would be as follows:

softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version 11.3.1

Downloading Mac OS X Installers from App Store “Purchases”

If you had at one point in time purchased or downloaded a version of MacOS or Mac OS X from the Mac App Store, then you should be able to re-download it from the Mac App Store by going go the “Purchases” section. This can typically be used to access downloads for installers for MacOS Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion, though there are some caveats and exceptions.

  1. You must use Safari Browser
  2. Open the App Store
  3. Go to the “Purchases” section (newer App Store versions must go to Account > Purchases)
  4. Scroll down the list of Purchased items to locate the Mac OS X Installer version you wish to re-download, then click on the download button

This works particularly well if the Mac you’re downloading the software onto is running an older version of Mac OS X.

This approach for re-downloading older OS X installers from App Store Purchases section works for obtaining many older versions of Mac OS X, particularly if the machine doing the downloading is running an older Mac release too. For example, re-downloading Mavericks from Yosemite, whereas if you’re running the App Store from newer versions of MacOS you’d need to follow the links further above to download the installers directly, or via the App Store links.

Downloading Mac OS X Snow Leopard

If you’re a registered Apple developer then you may be able to download Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Mac OS X Leopard directly from Apple ADC using the following links:

Downloading / Buying Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Apple also sells some older Mac OS X versions for convenience:

For buying even older versions of Mac OS X, you may have some luck searching on Amazon or Ebay and buying old physical copies of the installer disks. Keep in mind those earlier Mac OS X software updates used to cost a significant amount of money to update to and so even if they’re hold they can still carry a premium.

Another option is to peruse the Apple Vintage Software collection at Archive.org which may have image files of older system restore disks and other older system software, just beware that archive.org is not an official distributor of Apple software so appropriate precautions should be taken and only download from there at your own risk.

Finally, if you’re looking to download much older classic Mac OS software, check out this article which discusses finding original classic Mac OS System releases that go back far before the transition to Mac OS X and Unix underpinnings.

(Credit OSXDaily for info/links)

Malwarebytes

M shaped logo for malwarebytes
Probably the best anti-malware software for mac and PC.

Malwarebytes for Mac  is a lightweight, cross-platform app from Malwarebytes Corp. for finding and removing malware and adware infections. Features include speedy scanning, automatic update of malware signatures, a friendly user interface, and a quarantine capability.

Malwarebytes for Windows is a free and/or premium anti-malware and web browser protection. Recommended to all my Windows users for years.

Malwarebytes for Mac 4.9.7 is a free installer download for macOS 10.12 and later that includes a Mac app, kernel extension, launch agent and launch daemon. The free version provides automatic updates and manually triggered scans. A Premium subscription at $39.99 per computer per year offers automatic (“real-time”) scans with a free 14-day trial. (Business and enterprise versions are also available with central management consoles, and there are Windows and Android versions available, plus Malwarebytes for Chromebook.) The latest version adds support for Apple’s redesigned Macs.

  • Added native support for Apple Silicon (M1) hardware.

Malwarebytes for iOS is a security app for Apple’s mobile devices that “combines spam call blocking, text message filtering, ad blocking, and protection from scam websites”, using features built into iOS in conjunction with the company’s data on scammers, malicious websites and other threats.

The app uses iOS Call Blocking & Identification to check incoming calls without sending your personal information, checking a Malwarebytes list of known scammers and also checking for “neighbor spoofing”, while allowing all calls from numbers in your Contacts list. You can also add any number you want to allow without adding it to Contacts, and you can report numbers used by spammers/scammers. Call blocking can be set to either “Warn”, which labels suspicious calls as they arrive, or an optional “Block” mode, which silences them, and they won’t appear in your call history.

Text Message Filtering  checks texts from sources that are not in your Contacts database against lists of known scammers and phishing links, flagging apparent problems while keeping its hands off messages that look legitimate.

Web protection works only in Safari, checking URLs against a list of malicious sources. The app includes several configuration/customization settings, but you configure and enable other parameters using Apple’s iOS Settings. See Malwarebytes for iOS user guide [PDF] for more details.

Malwarebytes for iOS 1.4.4 is an $11.99/year subscription for full functionality, with a 30-day trial period, for iOS 11 and later. Ad blocking and text message filtering are provided in the free version.

 

iOS 14.5 numerous updates

screen grab of iOS update window
Screen shot of iTunes update to 14.5 iOS

Apple release iOS 14.5 for iPhones/iPads. Along with TVOS updates. Comes in on my computer with hefty 5GB.

“as of 5/3/2021, iOS 14.5.1. was released. Numerous fixes for Privacy and security…”

Context taken from Apple’s website:

Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch

  • Ability to unlock your iPhone X and later with Apple Watch Series 3 and later when you attempt to use Face ID while wearing a face mask

AirTag and Find My

  • Support for AirTag to keep track of and find your important items like your keys, wallet, backpack and more, privately and securely in the Find My app
  • Precision Finding uses visual, audible, and haptic feedback to guide you directly to your nearby AirTag using Ultra Wideband provided by the U1 chip on iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models
  • AirTag can be located by playing a sound via the built-in speaker
  • The Find My network with hundreds of millions of devices can help you find your AirTag, even when it isn’t nearby
  • Lost Mode notifies you when your AirTag is found, and you can enter a phone number where you can be contacted

Emoji

  • Support for separate skin tones for each individual in all variations of the couple kissing emoji and couple with heart emoji
  • New face emojis, heart emojis, woman with a beard emoji

Siri

  • Siri now includes more diverse voice options
  • Incoming calls can be announced with Siri, including who is calling, when you’re wearing your AirPods or compatible Beats headphones, and you can answer hands-free
  • Group FaceTime calls are supported by asking Siri to FaceTime a list of contacts or a group name from Messages
  • Emergency contacts can be called by asking Siri

Privacy

  • App Tracking Transparency lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers

Apple Music

  • Share your favorite lyrics using Messages, Facebook, and Instagram Stories, and subscribers can play the snippet in Messages without leaving the conversation
  • City charts showcase what’s popular in over 100 cities from all over the world

Podcasts

  • Podcasts Show Pages are redesigned to make it easier to start listening
  • Option to save and download episodes, automatically adding them to your Library for quick access
  • Download behavior and notification settings can be customized on a show-by-show basis
  • Top Charts and popular categories in Search help you discover new shows

5G improvements

  • Dual SIM support enables 5G connectivity on the line that’s using cellular data on iPhone 12 models
  • Smart Data Mode improvements further optimize your experience on 5G networks for better battery life and data usage on iPhone 12 models
  • 5G international roaming enabled on supported carriers on iPhone 12 models

News

  • Redesigned News+ tab enables Apple News+ subscribers to quickly find, download, and manage magazine and newspaper issues
  • All-new Search experience that helps you find relevant topics, channels, and stories

Maps

  • Accidents, hazards, or speed checks along your route can be reported by telling Siri on your iPhone or on CarPlay
  • Estimated time of arrival (ETA) can be shared when cycling or walking, in addition to driving, by asking Siri or tapping on the route card at the bottom of the screen, then tapping Share ETA

Reminders

  • Ability to sort reminders by Title, Priority, Due Date, or Creation date
  • Option to print your reminder lists

Translate

  • Translation playback speed can be adjusted by long pressing the play button

Gaming

  • Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller or Sony PS5 DualSense™ Wireless Controller support

Fitness+

  • Ability to stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness+ workouts to AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and devices

CarPlay

  • ETA in Apple Maps can be easily shared while driving with new Siri or keyboard controls in CarPlay

This release also fixes the following issues:

    • Messages at the bottom of the thread may be hidden by the keyboard under certain circumstances
    • Deleted messages may still appear in Spotlight search
    • Messages may persistently fail to send texts in some threads
    • Mail would not load new emails for some users until restarting the device
    • Call blocking and identification section may not appear in Phone settings
    • iCloud Tabs may not appear in Safari
    • iCloud Keychain could be prevented from turning off
    • Reminders created via Siri may be unintentionally set for early morning hours
    • Battery health reporting system will recalibrate maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability on iPhone 11 models to address inaccurate estimates of battery health reporting for some users (https://support.apple.com/HT212247)
    • Optimization to reduce the appearance of a dim glow that may appear at reduced brightness levels with black backgrounds on iPhone 12 models
    • AirPods audio routing to incorrect device for Automatic Switching
    • AirPods Automatic Switching notifications might be missing or duplicate

The last Mac OS update to Catalina? 10.15.7

round image of catalina island Mac OS 10.15
Image Apple © 2020

***Download the Combo Updater to 10.15.7 from Apple support weighing in at a hefty 4.82 GB.

Apple doesn’t say much about this update:

macOS Catalina 10.15.7 provides important security updates and bug fixes for your Mac.

• Resolves an issue where macOS would not automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks
• Fixes an issue that could prevent files syncing through iCloud Drive
• Addresses a graphic issue that may occur on iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020) with Radeon Pro 5700 XT

I guess the next release will be MacOS 11 (X1) “Big Sur” …

*** I always recommend the Combo Updater when available. The Delta patches seem to be unreliable to leftover previous versions (aka band-aiding). The Combo will replace the OS changes throughout.

Fujitsu ScanSnap Manager now 64bit for Mac

scan snap s1100 portable document scanner

If you use or support users with Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners, you might visit the ScanSnap Manager downloads to see if your model is listed and update your software to support Catalina and newer OS for Mac.
Like most, anyone on High Sierra or Mojave, was warned that with Catalina, and likely Big Sur, will need to replace their 32bit apps with 64bit versions. Otherwise you shouldn’t upgrade to 10.15 (Catalina) or Big Sur (release coming in late 2020).

Some have contacted Fujitsu but without any confirmation of updating the old Scansnap Manager. Instead, Fujitsu had release ScanSnap Home, which lacked granular feature set that ScanSnap Manager has. Not only that, but Home had taken on a more “Icon” look than intuitive settings.

But if you visit the ScanSnap Manager downloads (7-2020 it was at V7), you will need to remove the ScanSnap home version.
(Mac) Drag the ScanSnap Home folder )in Applications) to the trash and empty. Then, open the ScanSnap Online Update folder, and then open the SUB folder and run the online uninstaller. Once it completes, it will remove the Update folder from Applications. Now you can install the Manager software.

Malwarebytes no longer free…its disabledware.

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Well, the best tool for removing pups and malicious software, Malwarebytes, that was my goto and the first application for Windows that didn’t create problems, is no longer free. Well, the personal version is, but its kinda
Honestly, the person edition (home user) is supposed to be free to download, with a 14-day trial. But if you try to use the personal edition in a domain or workplace, the software will not only install, but will complete a malware scan. It is at the end of this scan, that it prompts you to purchase their Malware Team edition. You can’t quarantine, nor repair the infected volume scanned.
If you have a domain at home (some need domain controller for testing, other applications, running NAS, etc) then you will need to buy it.

Ok. I get it. Years of being free, and I am guilty of running it on some work machines (that are a non-profit owned) in a pinch. And that our IT dept doesn’t have very good malware protection aka McAfee (so many things get past it, we called it Crap-a-fee).

So, I know that unless I am helping a home user (and I do have them buy it if is solves/cleans their issue), but I’m kinda bummed as I have been recommending and marketing to home users to buy. And I even have a lifetime license. What I want is a bootable CD into Windows, that lets me scan all volumes. But it doesn’t work that way. Looks like I may buy some stand-alone versions for work (under $200 for 5 computers).

Bummer. Malware just got a little worse…

iOS 13.4 is out… whopping 4GB

iphone screen showing about information
Image from Apple 2020.

Apple released this week their latest iOS update 13.4 (for iPhone and iPad), that allows iCloud Drive sharing, and numerous fixes.
Note: you need to update either OTA (over the air) or physically connect to your iTunes computer. (Preferred is to backup device via iTunes, then update)

Also, there is a new Security update along with Safari update.

MacOS Mojave update 10.14.6 Combo out…

…at a whopping 3.1 Gigabytes!

Ironically, my Mac with 10.14.5 indicated no updates available…

(per Apple’s download page)

(included in) This update:
• Makes downloaded issues available in the My Magazines section of Apple News+, both online and offline
• Adds all publications in Apple News+, including newspapers, to the catalog at the top of the News+ feed
• Adds the ability to clear downloaded magazine issues in Apple News+ by selecting History > Clear > Clear All
• Addresses an issue which prevents creation of a new Boot Camp partition on iMac and Mac mini with Fusion Drive
• Resolves an issue that may cause a hang during a restart
• Resolves a graphics issue that may occur when waking from sleep
• Fixes an issue that may cause fullscreen video to appear black on Mac mini
• Improves file sharing reliability over SMB

Mac Combo Update Mojave 10.14.5

2.62GB Download!

Adds AirPlay 2 support for sharing videos, photos, music and more from your Mac directly to your AirPlay 2-enabled smart TV.
Adds the ability to follow a magazine from the Apple News+ catalog browsing view.
Improves audio latency on MacBook Pro models introduced in 2018.
Fixes an issue that prevented certain very large OmniOutliner and OmniPlan documents from rendering properly.
Disables accessories with insecure Bluetooth connections.

Enterprise content:
Fixes an issue that prevented resetting the user account password from the login window after using a personal recovery key (PRK) to unlock the FileVault volume.
Fixes an issue that prevented the InstalledApplicationList MDM command from recognizing that updates are available for apps installed via VPP.