By Basil Bourque

2018-11-01 06:39:02 8 Comments

When I originally downloaded the Install macOS for the original release 14.0.22, I got a 6.03 gig file.

Today I replaced that file by downloading the installer fresh from the App Store for 14.1.0. The app is only 22 megs! So obviously this is just a shell that I imagine downloads the needed content over the internet at runtime.

But I need an offline installer, for clean-installs on various Macs and for creating virtual machines.

➥ How to obtain fully-loaded offline installer app for Mojave 14.1.x?

What about just using the original installer, then updating immediately the newly installed OS to .1? That .1 update was a whopper, over 3 gigs! I really want to avoid repeating that updater download. I really need a fully-loaded offline installer.

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@The KingMaker 2019-03-25 04:58:43

Here you can download all macOS Installers including macOS Mojave, Try to use a download manager, The links are resumable.

@Basil Bourque 2019-03-25 05:00:35

Thanks for the idea, but I could only consider running an OS installer provided by Apple directly, because of security risks.

@The KingMaker 2019-03-26 06:05:31

Apple Installers are digitally signed it means if something is tampered in code, Application itself will not execute, so it is all safe.

@MagerValp 2018-11-06 10:21:49

The 22 MB "stub" installer is downloaded when your Mac is having trouble getting the correct data from Apple's software update catalogs. This is quote common during the first 24 hours or so, as it takes a little while for the updates to propagate across the CDNs. The solution in this case is to delete the stub, wait a couple of hours, and then try again.

There is also a useful script by Greg Neagle that lets you inspect which installers are available in your update catalogs, and can download them for you:

PS: If you have a Mac managed by an organization, you may also get the stub installer if your administrator hasn't approved the new update, e.g. with Reposado.

@Basil Bourque 2018-11-06 23:21:10

FYI, I am still getting the 22.8 meg stub at least 5 days after 10.14.1 release.

@Michael 2019-04-29 19:25:58

FYI I am getting the stub installer almost 6 MONTHS after release.

@JulianHarty 2019-12-01 17:48:31

There is a more powerful version of Greg's code available at I forked that script to add support for one of my macbooks running 10.12 Note: the script is designed to run on the machine it's intended to upgrade.

@Jonathan 2018-11-02 10:17:13

You can easily download the full 14.1.0 installer using this tool: macOS Mojave Patcher Tool.

Start the tool, and then go to Tools > Download macOS Mojave... and select a download location.

After the download is complete, it will ask you if you want to create a patched usb installer, simply click Not Now as you don't need a patch (except if you want to install on a very old mac). You can safely quit and remove the tool, as you no longer need it.

Here you are:

@Mustafa Magdy 2019-02-24 11:36:23

I got macOS Mojave Patcher quit unexpectedly. error after a short period, how to fix that?

@Michael 2019-04-29 19:26:26

This is ridiculous. Why should I need to download an untrusted application for what should be a simple wget?:??

@user151019 2019-04-29 20:05:32

Wget is not simple it is a command line tool. Most Mac users don't use the Terminal (and going back pre OSX Macs did not have a Terminal it is not the Apple way)

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