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Simplest way to make an OS X Mavericks installer flash disc

Did you know that making a standalone OS X Mavericks installer USB flash drive is actually a simple single line command? In the past, I’ve been doing so many steps just to make an OS X installer flash drive so that I don’t have to re-download those GB’s of data.


As it turns out, OS X Mavericks provides a simple way to create the installer. I decided to post it here so I’d remember it on the next upgrade which will probably have the same feature and also for others who might want to create a standalone OS X Mavericks flash drive without that much fuss.

To create the standalone installer for OS X Mavericks, you will need at least an 8GB flash drive. The flash drive should be formatted as a “Mac OS Extended (journaled)” drive. You can do this using the Disk Utility app on the Mac.

Once you have a formatted flash disk, open up the Terminal app and issue the following command:

/Applications/Install OS X --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install OS X --nointeraction

This will do everything needed to create the standalone OS X Installer flash drive. Once it’s done, the flash drive can now be used for installing OS X Mavericks on other Macs/MacBooks.

For added information, OS X Mavericks require the following:

Any of the following Macs:

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later),
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch or 17-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Mac also needs:

  • OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard v10.6.8 already installed
  • 2 GB or more of memory
  • 8 GB or more of available space

Gerry Ilagan

Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.

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