How to re-download El Capitan?

Hackintosh Sr.

macrumors regular
Original poster
Dec 11, 2008
I was wanting to do a clean install but it says I have already used the code. Anyone know how to get around this?

Thank you


macrumors regular
Jun 3, 2013
Miami, FL
Provided you don't actually still have the installer somewhere on your mac, you should be able to redownload it from the purchases tab in the mac app store. You have to sign in though to see the purchases first.

Of course if you still have the installer somewhere the redownload is not necessary. The first thing I do after downloading a full installer is to back it up somewhere so that I never (or rarely ever) have to redownload it.

You may then proceed as per this thread to make a bootable usb:

Then boot up from it using the option key and use disk utility to wipe the whole drive. Ensure you have a backup before doing this. Then use the usb stick to do the clean install.
Where is the installer located after you download it from the App Store? Reason I ask is because I am having huge difficulties at the moment after my install (see my thread lol) and need to figure something out; maybe a clean install is the way to go for me. But the question I have is, I have downloaded and installed the OS X Beta, yet when I reopen the App Store, after the download and install, the OS X file is still listed under purchases and says "Download" and not "Install" for some reason. So does that mean that there is no local copy of that file when it was downloaded? I would also like to mount a USB and do a clean install but need the file and as the user posted, my Dev account says that I already used the code.

Thanks for the assistance.


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