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[Solved] macOS - Download a full ‘Install macOS’ app with softwareupdate

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Just a quick tip for those wanting to run an older macOS as a virtual machine and are in need of the original installer from Apple.

macOS installers typically come as anapplications found in "Applications" and can be downloaded as such for 10.14.6:

softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version 10.14.6

Others confirmed 10.15, 10.14.6, 10.14.5, and 10.13.6 to be working as well, so I'd assume this would work for all version.

The installer can then be found in your Applications folder.

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