How to Install the macOS High Sierra Public Beta

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released the first public beta of macOS High Sierra, the next major version of its operating system for Mac computers that will officially be released in the fall. The beta of the upcoming OS is compatible on all Macs that are able to run macOS Sierra.


    The availability of the public beta means users who aren't signed up for the Apple Developer Program can test the software update ahead of its official release. Bear in mind that Apple's intention is to act on user feedback to iron out remaining bugs and issues, so the stability of the beta isn't guaranteed and probably shouldn't be installed on a Mac that you use every day.

    Note that if you decide you want to revert back to your previous setup after testing the High Sierra beta, you will need to erase the beta partition and perform a fresh installation of macOS Sierra.

    With those caveats out of the way, here's a step-by-step breakdown describing how to download and install the macOS High Sierra Public Beta on a Mac.

    Enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program
    To install the macOS High Sierra public beta, you need to enroll your Mac in the free Apple Beta Software Program.
    Visit the Apple Beta Software Program website in a browser on your Mac.
    Tap on the Sign up button, or sign in if you are already a member.
    Enter your Apple ID credentials and tap on the Sign in button.
    Agree to the Apple Beta Software Program terms and conditions if necessary.
    On the Guide for Public Betas screen, with the Mac tab selected, scroll down to the Get Started section and tap on enroll your device.
    Download the macOS High Sierra Public Beta
    After enrolling in the Apple Beta Software Program, you need to grab the profile installer and run it on your Mac. Here's how:
    In the same Get Started section on the beta site's Mac tab, click the profile button under where it says Download macOS High Sierra public beta access utility, and wait for the file to download.
    Open the downloaded file in your Downloads window and double-click the package to run the installer.
    When the installer has completed the download, the Mac App Store should open automatically showing the Updates screen. Click Update to download the public beta software. (If it doesn't show the public beta in the Updates list, manually restart your Mac and navigate back to the Updates section in the Mac App Store.) When the download is complete, your Mac should restart automatically.

    Install the macOS High Sierra Public Beta
    If the macOS High Sierra installer doesn't automatically open upon restart, launch it from your Applications folder using the Finder.
    Click continue at the bottom of the installer.
    A dropdown prompt will appear advising you to back up your Mac. Click Continue - assuming you've already backed up. If not, click Cancel and do that now.
    Click Continue at the bottom once you've finished backing up, or if you already performed a backup.
    Click Agree to accept the terms and conditions and then click Agree again to confirm.
    Select the drive on which you want to install the public beta.
    Click Install, enter your administrator password, and click OK.
    Click Restart, or wait for your Mac to reboot automatically.

    And that's it. Your Mac should now be running the macOS High Sierra Public Beta. For a complete picture of all of the new features you can expect to see when macOS High Sierra is released in the fall, make sure to check out our full macOS High Sierra roundup.

    Article Link: How to Install the macOS High Sierra Public Beta
  2. Jantelagen macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2010
    Here's to hoping our older Macs benefits from APFS!
  3. MoJoRo macrumors newbie


    Jun 22, 2017
    Step 1: Don't.
    Step 2: Seriously, why would you do this? Do you not actually use your computer?
    (This is meant for anyone who would actually need a tutorial on how to do this, obviously there are a few people out there with legit reasons to install the beta. Although most of them should have developer accounts.)
  4. -BigMac- macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2011
    Can u install the beta on my mac pls?
  5. intofx macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    If people don’t install right away then we won’t have any dumb post asking:
    Did I brick my comp?
    Why is this beta so buggy?
    I didn’t back up before install, how do i go back to the old os asap?
    Apple why did you do this to me?
  6. d5aqoëp macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2016
    Installed on my Hackintosh with Clover 4097
    Working well.
  7. JosephAW macrumors 65816


    May 14, 2012
  8. Kaibelf macrumors 68000


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Try it and let us know.
  9. simonmet macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2012
    Sydney, New South Wales
    Love that new default background photo.
  10. juiz206 macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2016
    Don't install this ****. I had a KERNEL PANIC but solved it by trying to update again in Disk Utility with no APFS...guess that was the origin of the error.
  11. mcdj macrumors 604


    Jul 10, 2007
    I'm waiting til next year for REALLY High Sierra.
  12. -BigMac- macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2011
    Even Higher Sierra*
  13. Teknikarin, Jun 29, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2017

    Teknikarin macrumors newbie


    Aug 23, 2014
    This is the Terminal Commando Line to make a bootable USB of macOS High Sierra Public Beta :)

    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra\ --volume /Volumes/HighSierra --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra\
  14. Marx55 macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2005
  15. Teknikarin macrumors newbie


    Aug 23, 2014
    Open Disk Utility > Select the USB Drive > Click Erase > Name: HighSierra > Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled) > Erase.

    You can now use the Terminal Commando Line above to make a bootable USB of macOS High Sierra Public Beta.
  16. pdaholic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2011
    #16're saying I should install this on my friend's computer rather than my own? Got it.
  17. jonnysods macrumors 601


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    I'd love to try it, but it's my dev machine so I'll wait until a month after the official release.

    Guys let me know if CS6 works on it!
  18. Marx55 macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2005
    Is it possible to format as APFS from High Sierra Disk Utility? If so, I guess it is only needed to install it in a pendrive for instance, boot from it and format any desired drive as APFS with Disk Utility GUI.
  19. KingCoffee macrumors member


    Sep 11, 2009
    I totally spaced out and thought I was updating SAFARI. Whoops. Let's hope this ends well.
    So far the only real issue was safari not seeming to be able to load ANY pages. A reboot got it up and running again.
  20. JosephAW macrumors 65816


    May 14, 2012
    Got High Sierra 10.13 in Virtual Box installed the way to install completed, and then restarting and on the HS boot I saw some different message in VB and then it rebooted itself back to Sierra 10.12.
    Will try again later.
  21. Markoth macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2015
    Behind You
    You guys really should include in big red letters to
    The fact that you guys didn't even mention it, but paved the way for people to ruin their computers, is somewhat bad.
  22. Rique macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2011
    Northern Virginia
    I think they did mention it, although they wisely chose to avoid the annoying big red letters.

    This wasn't helpful?:

    This also seemed to be a cautionary piece of advice:

    And finally, just in case that was not crystal clear:

    But yeah... no big red letters - however there did seem to be an expectation that folk will actually read the article... I think they did just fine.
  23. Gravydog316 macrumors newbie


    May 17, 2016
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    --- Post Merged, Jul 2, 2017 ---
    Doesn't work; any ideas? since no one on the fricking planet earth can help me??
    "Installing Information on the recovery server is damaged"
  24. JosephAW macrumors 65816


    May 14, 2012
    You did install the Beta Access Utility first, right?
    Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility
    That got me past this screen. This part is required.

    There are answers to these questions in this earth, just make sure your using the advanced search tools and parameters and you'll find others people's help and how they succeeded.
    And as repeatedly stated, never apply betas to your live disk environment but a separate test system with test volumes with all live volumes unmounted and disconnected.

    Maybe Apple needs to have a litmus test to download a beta, answer 10 random macOS questions correctly in 1 minute and then you can download it.
  25. Teknikarin macrumors newbie


    Aug 23, 2014

    I have formatted my SSD to APFS and installed macOS High Sierra Public Beta (PB) through USB.

    I have my USB formatted as HFS+ (Journaled) and have macOS High Sierra PB on it.

    When I am trying to boot from my USB after restarting it will not load. It stops at the end of the "load bar". It will not boot into it.

    Why does it not work? I also have the question if I can install macOS High Sierra PB if I reformat my SSD as HFS+ (Journaled)?

    Thanks! :)

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