Creating a USB Installer

When making a Hackintosh or a HackBook, one of the things that you need to learn to do is creating USB Installer for macOS. If not, you will have to rely on someone else to make one for you with the bootloader baked in. Below are the invocations that you will need.

Note: “–applicationpath” will be deprecated in macOS 10.14 and greater.

Mojave
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/GixxerUSB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app

High Sierra:
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/GixxerUSB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app

Sierra:
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/GixxerUSB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app

El Capitan:
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/GixxerUSB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app

Yosemite:
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/GixxerUSB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app

Mavericks:
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/GixxerUSB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app

Last login: Fri Jun 21 21:44:33 on console
HackBook-Pro:~ admin$ sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/GixxerUSB –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app
Password:
Ready to start.
To continue we need to erase the disk at /Volumes/GixxerUSB.
If you wish to continue type (Y) then press return: Yes
Erasing Disk: 0%… 10%… 20%… 30%…100%…
Copying installer files to disk…
Copy complete.
Making disk bootable…
Copying boot files…
Copy complete.
Done.
HackBook-Pro:~ admin$

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Stephan Pringle

About The Author: Stephan Pringle is an Information Technology Specialist. He covers hardware and software and provides tips for you to troubleshoot and repair issues on your own. In his spare time, he writes articles about the State of New York on his Hackintosh and HackBook and that has helped him to become the top contributor of the New York City section of Yahoo! Answers.