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createinstallmedia command DIY

Create macOS Bootable Installer Using createinstallmedia command

createinstallmedia command …. ! Yeah… I know many people aware of this USB Creation of macOS but still, There are so many newbies in this so called Hackintosh world who are still struggling to build there first Hackintosh setup.This guide is generally for those people. Basically there are so many USB creation method such as Diskmaker x ,Install Disk Creator and blah.. blah.. out of them this is one of my and many Hackintosh lovers favourite.This method is recommended by Apple so its pure Vanilla method which is also called as “createinstallmedia command “.

There are slightly different method for Mac OS X (10.11 and lower versions) and macOS(10.12 and higher versions).I have Clearly mention which code work for Mac OS X  and macOS so go head and create USB installer for your Macintosh and Hackintosh. This guide is pure vanilla method which is recommended by Apple so any Apple hardware user can go for it without any trouble.

Requirement :-

1:- install macOS High Sierra.App (You can Download from App Store)
2:- USB Flash Drive (8GB++)

Procedure is quite Simple, Download macOS according to your need and and mount your USB then open Terminal from /Application/Utility or use spotlight search and type following commands according to macOS or Mac OS X.

Note:- USB is my USB Flash Drive name you can set anything which you like.

createinstallmedia command for macOS High Sierra 10.13.X:-

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB

createinstallmedia command for macOS Sierra 10.12.X:-

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app

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createinstallmedia command for Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.x:-

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app

createinstallmedia command for Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.x:-

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app

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createinstallmedia command for Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.x:-

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app

Then Press Return after typing the command. Terminal will ask you for system password just enter you super scared password and hit return. Afterwords Terminal show you the progress as the bootable installer is created. Quit Terminal when done.

If you have Real Mac Hardware such as MacBook Pro, iMac, MacPro or MacBook Air then simply restart the System while holding ” Command ” key and you you see the the installer option.

If you have Hackintosh System then install Clover boot loader or Chameleon (Enoch) boot loader and add necessary kext such as FakeSMC.kext, VoodooPS2Controller.kext, RealtekRTL8111.kext (Lan) and if your system is unsupported then use NullCPUPowerManagement.kext

About the author

Pratik N Borkar

Every one Call him a Freak Smartass as tittle but no one knows that he is Avid Apple Fan & Technophilic who passionate about new techno kind a stuff and Apple's new creation like OS X and iOS ,Also He would like to share blog with useful tips,techniques and resources for Hackintosh and Macintosh for Apple addicts.