Creating a Bootable USB OS X Installer

2016-01-04 14:22

Periodically I need to create a bootable installer for OS X out of a USB thumb drive. I wrote a script to handle the process back when OS X Lion was released. Since then I have been maintaining this script - with the intention of post this here, which I am doing now because Patrick needs it to create some El Capitan boot disks for support reasons.

This is pretty easy to use if you have a Mac. You simply download the necessary installer from the App Store, plug in a GUID formatted USB drive titled “Untitled” and run this script < Mavericks | Yosemite | ElCapitan | Sierra >

…and viola, a few minutes later you will have a bootable USB drive. I have a 32Gig drive that can boot up to three different versions of OS X.

Here is the whole script

UPDATE - 2014-10-2: Updated for Yosemite

UPDATE - 2016-01-04: Updated for El Capitan finally

UPDATE - 2016-09-22: Updating for macOS Sierra