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  • Bankim Bhagat

Create Multiboot USB macOS Installer on Mac


This tutorial is for System Administrators and macOS Developers who need to Install different versions of macOS on different or same machines. So they have to create multiple USB drives for each macOS version. Carrying and managing these many USB Drives is hard. Also these drives can't be used for anything else. Anything USB Drive above 8GB would be a waste of resource. Luckily there is a way to create a multiboot USB Installer on a single USB Drive.


  • A Minimum of 64GB Pendrive, so that we can allocalte atleast 12GB to each OS

  • macOS Installers or DMG files for all the macOS that we intend to put on these drives. These can be downloaded directly from Apple via this LINK

  • A working MacBook, iMac or Mac mini with atleast 80GB of Storage

  • High speed internet to download these installers.

  • Basic working knowlege of command line interface

Partition USB Drive on mac

  • Goto Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility.

  • Select the USB Drive from the left column under 'External'. In this case it's SanDisk Extreme Media

  • Click on Partition

  • Make 4 Partitions namely macOS1, macOS2, macOS3, macOS4

  • Format as Mac OS Extended (Journaled), AFPS in not recommended for Bootable USBs. Hit Apply and we are good to go

Next we need to run the following commands one by one assuming all the installers are downloaded in the Applications folder

Depending on which macOS you downloaded, enter one of the following commands in Terminal as instructed above. If your Mac is using macOS Sierra or earlier, the command should conclude with --applicationpath followed by the appropriate installer path, as shown in the command below for El Capitan. Replave /Volumes/MyVolume with the partitions /Volumes/macOS1 we created. Choose an new parition with each command


sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --volume /Volumes/macOS1 


sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --volume /Volumes/MyVolume 

Big Sur

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Big\ --volume /Volumes/MyVolume 


sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --volume /Volumes/MyVolume 


sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --volume /Volumes/MyVolume 

High Sierra

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ --volume /Volumes/MyVolume 

El Capitan

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ --volume /Volumes/MyVolume --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\

Now after the installation, don't remove the USB Drive and reboot the mac. Hold Alt/Option Key while booting. You'll see a screen listing all the available Installers.

Please feel free to comment with your questions

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