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 Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install OS X Mavericks.app --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 is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.