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Downloading macOS Mojave from the Mac App Store

Now that macOS Catalina has been released, it’s become more difficult to access the macOS Mojave installer for those who still need it. Fortunately, Mojave has not been removed from the MAS and it is still available for download. Apple has a KBase article that shows how to access the macOS Mojave page in the Mac App Store, available via the link below:

https://support.apple.com/HT210190

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To access the macOS Mojave page directly, please click on the link below:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/macos-mojave/id1398502828?ls=1&mt=12

That link should open the MAS and take you to the macOS Mojave download page.

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The Mojave installer itself will download via the Software Update pane in System Preferences.

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In the event that you’re blocked from downloading macOS Mojave, you should be able to download it in a virtual machine. I have a post on how to do this, available via the link below:

https://derflounder.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/downloading-older-os-installers-on-incompatible-hardware-using-vms/

Categories: Mac administration, macOS
  1. Scott S.
    October 7, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Hey there. First off, your tips are always very timely and valuable! Thanks!
    One question – At my organization we are now leveraging DEP and an MDM for setting up new Mac’s. We can’t use Catalina yet due to some software still being 32 bit, so do you know of a way to erase a Mac and reinstall Mojave though the recovery partition and the internet? Typically choosing the “reinstall macOS” provides the latest version. Is there any workaround to still install Mojave or is a USB drive the only option? (And would that even work on T2 Mac’s?
    Thanks!

  2. Fabian W.
    October 8, 2019 at 10:44 am

    May also be useful to know. Scripting OS X did publish “Download a full ‘Install macOS’ app with softwareupdate in Catalina” (https://scriptingosx.com/2019/10/download-a-full-install-macos-app-with-softwareupdate-in-catalina/), which shows how older versions of macOS can be downloaded with the command line tool ‘softwareupdate’.

  3. Sarah Menz
    October 19, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Can I just say – Thank you! Seriously after googling for about an hour or two I nearly gave up. Considered it weird that it didn’t show in MAS, got annoyed when several places pointed to some “patch” or whatever to get it working.
    I actually specifically created an account so I could “like” your post and now Im commenting (I have never once, commented on anything on the internet (social media aside) so you should feel great because you really saved me and not one other person has described this fix.

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!

  4. Isabel
    November 8, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Every time I end up in the App Store to update to Mojave I receive the same error message when I try to download the mojave installer There is a loop I cannot get out of and therefore I am not able to install the upgrade. The message says:This copy of the Install macOS Mojave application is damaged, and can‘t be used to install macOS
    Anyone can help, please?

    • Fabian W.
      November 10, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Maybe you already had that Installer downloaded prior to the expire of one of the Apple signing certificate on October 24th 2019. I would suggest to delete (or move to an other place) the “Install macOS Mojave” in your Application directory and then try with a fresh download.

  5. cava83
    November 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Hi there, when I try to download, it is stating update not found. I am running Mojave at the moment. I want to re-download the install ideally. Any thoughts? Possibly a recent thing.

  6. November 29, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Hey everyone- The above options didn’t work for me. However I found this through Apple discussions and it worked!

    Step 1. Go to your applications folder.
    Step 2. Find the installer for macOS Mojave.
    Step 3. Right click on the installer and click “Show Package Contents”.
    Step 4. Click on folder named “Contents”.
    Step 5. Click on the folder named “SharedSupport”.
    Step 6. Delete the file named “InstallInfo.plist”.
    Step 7. Enter your administer password to confirm.
    Step 8. Now open the installer.

    • December 9, 2019 at 9:24 pm

      norcalchica, it worked! Thanks much.

    • William
      December 28, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      i got a window saying …Installation of mac0S could not continue,it requires downloading important content that can’t be downloaded at this time. Try again later. ?

  7. December 25, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    The realization of the goal is based on my strong desire to succeed

  8. February 2, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Unfortunately, now the Mojave download page for me only shows OPEN rather than download and it you click on that it says that it is damaged and cannot be used to install Mojave. Does that mean it is no longer available do you know? I have a comparable iMac with High Sierra. My MacBook Pro has Mojave. To combine the iTunes I need Mojave on my iMac and I don’t want to upgrade to Catalina yet.

  9. February 2, 2020 at 12:35 am

    Thanks for your help!!

  10. BH
    February 14, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Also trying to download & install Mojave and get the same ‘damaged’ message on Apple site. Where can I find a reliable download of 10.14. Need to do this so help is appreciated. Thanks.

  11. Sasan
    February 15, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I just updated to Catalina from Mojave and absolutely hate it! I can’t download Mojave from the App Store; I get the following error: “This copy of the “install Macos” application is too old to be opened on this version of the Macos.” I need to know how to get around this or download to an external drive. Thank you.

  12. Jason
    March 4, 2020 at 1:54 am

    Oh wow thank you so much for this! been looking high and low and in the end i went ahead to install the latest Catalina. Just downloaded Mojave using the links you provided and will keep it as a backup future installer. Went to 3-4 other sites to download a copy of Mojave and all did not work.

  13. Thomas
    March 21, 2020 at 12:23 am

    Help please! I’m trying to update from High Sierra. Followed you instructions but only get “The item you’ve requested is not currently available in the U.S. store.” Suggestions?

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