Where to Download 10.11 Install File?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Jodeo, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Jodeo macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    I need to download El Capitan 10.11 down to a MacBook Pro (running Sierra) so I can install it on an external drive. I'm trying to do a fresh external build before cloning over to a 2007 iMac (they max out at 10.11). The iMac is running 10.10 and (a) some newer software baselines at 10.11, (b) Safari 10.1.2 in Yosemite is no longer supported on some sites, and (c) many reports suggest the iMac will run a tad bit faster. Maybe.

    How can I download the DMG file w/o installing directly on the iMac?


    Thank you!
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    If you've ever downloaded it before you can just download it from the Purchased tab on the App Store. It won't install on your computer you download it from. The app will show up after it's downloaded but you just quit it and proceed to put it on a flash drive.
     
  3. jbarley, Jan 22, 2018
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  4. Jodeo thread starter macrumors regular

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    I never downloaded it before, hence I need a link. It's no longer available from the App Store.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 23, 2018 ---
    Thanks but it won't download to a Mac running a later version of the OS. I'm going to have to set up my external drive with 10.10, then download, then copy the installer over and blah blah blah. Same steps I planned to take but in a different order (since I had to make a clone of the iMac to the external anyway).

    If that doesn't work, I'll let you know.

    Thanks.
     
  5. CoastalOR macrumors 68020

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    Here is a thread I participated in that was a similar situation. Check it out:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/how-to-acquire-osx-el-capitan-install.2101629/#post-25721507
    My testing showed that using Yosemite to download El Capitan from that link did not work.

    You might have better luck to download El Capitan with the 2007 iMac since it is the max OS for the iMac, which is one of the reasons the download link was made available.
    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT206886
     
  6. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Could always just use a VM instead of formatting a drive
     
  7. Jodeo thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was able to download it on the iMac, quit the installer, copy the installer from the Applications directory to my external drive and take it from there! Whew!
     
  8. oldhifi macrumors 65816

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    I had the same problem on my 2010 MBP with High Sierra, had to delete Mac HD and install
    El Captain..
     

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