There are ways to install old versions of Apple Mac OS X operating systems. We explain how to download El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion and even Snow Leopard.
There are many reasons why you may want to download older versions of Apple’s operating system.
You may want to use software that does not work correctly in the latest version or that you need to use other software that requires Rosetta, the Apple application to translate PowerPC applications after the transition to Intel, or maybe you just do not like the new version of macOS.
Whatever the reason, in this article you will find answers as we explain how to obtain old versions of macOS X.
If you wish, you can consult all the available macOS devices in the Apple Store , or consult offers in Macbook.
How to download an old version of macOS X
In the Mac App Store , in the shopping tab, you can find previous versions of Mac OS X (and macOS) in case you have downloaded them before.
We’ll start by explaining the method of downloading old versions of Mac OS X in the Mac App Store. In this way you can obtain the following operating systems:
- macOS Sierra
- OS X El Capitan download
- OS X Yosemite download
- OS X Mavericks download
- OS X Mountain Lion download
- OS X Lion download
The only Mac operating system that you can not get in this way is Snow Leopard. However, below we explain how to download Snow Leopard.
Note that you will only see the old versions of Mac OS X that you have downloaded here: if you have never done it (or if you have never done it in the Mac App Store), that version will not be in the ‘Purchases’ section.
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Another reason why the version of Mac OS X might be absent is in the case that your computer came with that version installed from the factory. We will deal with this case later.
Download Mac OS X from the Mac App Store
Here’s how to get an earlier version of Mac OS X in the App Store (this only works if you’ve downloaded it in the past):
- Open the Mac App Store and sign in.
- Click on the ‘purchases’ section.
- Swipe down to find the copy of OS X or macOS you want.
- Click on ‘install’.
- When you click Install, the software will not be installed , but the installation application will be downloaded into the ‘applications’ folder.
However, you will not be able to install this old version of the operating system directly on a Mac running a newer version of OS X or macOS.
Next we will explain how it can be installed on a Mac, including one that is running a previous operating system.
Can not find Mac OS X in the ‘shopping’ section?
If you know that you have previously downloaded the version of macOS you are looking for, but do not see it in the ‘Purchases’ section, check the following:
- Close your session in the App Store and sign in again.
- If there is a possibility that you downloaded it while you were connected to a different Apple ID (maybe one related to work), log in with that ID.
- Alternatively, find someone who has downloaded that version of the Mac operating system and ask them to download the installation file for you.
- If you have never downloaded the Mac OS X version, go to step 3 and find a person who has done so. Ask them to download the Mac OS X installer for you.
Fortunately, the copy of OS X is not exclusive to your account, so it will be installed on any Mac.
The only thing you really should not do is go to a torrent site and download a copy of the OS X you want, as this can be dangerous. Pirated copies of Apple software may be created to allow hackers to access your Mac.
How to download OS X Snow Leopard
It is possible that the version of Mac OS X you are looking for has never been available in the Mac App Store. This is the case of Snow Leopard, the first version of Mac OS X that arrived at the same time as the App Store.
This way of downloading updates and new applications for Mac OS X was introduced with Snow Leopard and means that anyone with a Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or earlier versions can not access the Mac application store to download anything.
The good news is that Apple allows the purchase of older Mac operating systems from your website, so you can get a copy of Snow Leopard and, therefore, access the Mac App Store.
You can buy the version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard at the official Apple store by clicking on the link.
How to download OS X Lion and Mountain Lion
In addition to being able to buy Snow Leopard on the Apple website, you can also buy any operating system up to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
If you want to download Lion or Mountain Lion, Apple will send you a download code to use it in the Mac App Store, so you’ll have to run Snow Leopard to install it.
How to download OS X Leopard or earlier versions
If the old version of the operating system you are looking for is older than Snow Leopard and you have a developer account, you may be able to obtain it at developer.apple.com/downloads.
If you search within the category OS X you will see the downloads of all versions of OS X, at least from version 10.3 to 10.6.
You may be able to access the website’s developer section, but you will only be able to access certain software downloads if your Apple ID is associated with a paid Apple developer program.
If you want to know more about Apple’s developer program, we recommend reading all the information from its official website, which you can access through this link.