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Using the macOS High Sierra OS installer’s startosinstall tool to install additional packages as post-upgrade tasks

Starting with macOS 10.12.4, Apple locked down the macOS installer to make it impossible to add non-Apple installer packages directly to the macOS Install .app without using NetInstall. However, there is a way to configure the macOS High Sierra OS installer to install additional packages as a post-upgrade task. For more details, please see below the jump.

Apple includes a command line tool named as part of the macOS High Sierra OS installer application, inside Install macOS High Sierra.app/Contents/Resources.

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This tool has several options, including a –installpackage option which allows one or more packages stored on the Mac in question to be installed following the upgrade.

Something to be aware of is that if you want to add any additional packages, they must all be signed or unsigned distribution-style flat packages. This is a requirement that Apple first introduced for the OS X Yosemite installer and it still applies to macOS High Sierra. You can convert a component flat package to be a distribution-style flat packages by running the command below:

productbuild –package /path/to/component.pkg /path/to/distribution.pkg

To run an automated upgrade to macOS High Sierra, where two distribution-style flat packages stored in /Users/Shared are installed following the upgrade, please run the command shown below with root privileges:

/Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/startosinstall --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app --agreetolicense --installpackage /Users/Shared/installer_one.pkg --installpackage /Users/Shared/installer_two.pkg --nointeraction

Note: The –nointeraction flag is an undocumented option to automate the installation process from the command line without additional requiring actions by the logged-in user.

To show what the process looks like when upgrading from macOS Sierra, please see below for a video. In this example, I’m installing the latest Office 2016 installer following the upgrade.

Note: The video has been edited to artificially reduce the amount of time the upgrade and post-upgrade installation process takes to run. Run time of the pre-edited video was 32 minutes 57 seconds.

Categories: Mac administration, macOS
  1. HaroldB
    September 30, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Great guide!
    Thank You 😀

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