10.11 Installer Location?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Val-kyrie, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. Val-kyrie macrumors 65816

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    I want to create a USB installer for 10.11.6. I downloaded the .dmg from Apple through the App Store and after it downloaded I quit the installer. The installer displays (an alias?) when I launch Launch Pad, but the installer file is not in the Applications folder. Does anyone know where it is or how to find it so I can place it in the Applications folder?

    PS--Finder did not find the installer.
    Currently running 10.9.
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    Look for "Install OS X El Capitan.app" in the Applications folder. It should be about 6.2 Gb in size.
     
  3. Val-kyrie thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's why I'm puzzled--it's not there. I made an installer for 10.11.5 but I wanted one for the last release.
     
  4. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have "Show in Finder" when you right click the alias?

    Hacky way to get the location (or at least close to it):

    • Start the installer.
    • Bring up a Terminal and:
    Code:
    ps -ef | grep Install

    On the right-most column, will have the pathname to the installer. Or depending on where it really is, a good chunk of the path.
     
  5. Val-kyrie thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the reply. I will give it a try tomorrow.

     
  6. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    OP: Are you sure you picked to download the full installer from the Purchased tab on the App Store? A .dmg file is not the full installer. The full installer from the App Store would be "Install OS X El Capitan.app" (it is not deployed in the .dmg form from the App Store). It sounds more like a El Capitan updater instead of the full installer. The updater is selected from the App Store Updates tab which would NOT be what you want for making a USB installer.
     
  7. Val-kyrie thread starter macrumors 65816

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    There is no context menu when I right click on it. I think the download got corrupted. I am redownloading.


    Sorry, you are correct. I did download the app file. I misstated the file type. I am downloading from the Purchased tab in the App Store.
     
  8. Val-kyrie thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks to all who offered helpful suggestions. Here is what happened:

    I had previously downloaded and saved 10.11.5 installer to an external drive. When I redownloaded 10.11.6, it located and overwrote the 10.11.5 file on my external drive--weird. Anyway, I was able to figure this out by keeping the installer open and right-clicking on the dock icon to "show in Finder." (I had previously tried right-clicking on the launchpad icon, which didn't work.) Problem solved. Thanks again.
     

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