How to Download MacOS High Sierra from MacOS Mojave

Oct 21, 2018 - 7 Comments

Download MacOS High Sierra from Mojave

If you’re currently running macOS Mojave, you can re-download a macOS High Sierra installer for whatever reason to macOS Mojave. Re-downloading older versions of macOS system software can be desirable for a variety of reasons, and in this case getting the older High Sierra release is most often to create a macOS High Sierra USB installer or for running an older macOS release in a virtual machine or something of that nature.

If you’ve searched the Mac App Store from Mojave, you’ve probably noticed the High Sierra installer is nowhere to be found. But not to worry, we’ll show you how you can download macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 from macOS Mojave 10.14.

How to Download macOS High Sierra from Mojave

Need the macOS High Sierra installer again but you’re running macOS Mojave? Here’s how to get it:

  1. Click here to download macOS High Sierra from the App Store from MacOS Mojave, then click the “Get” button, this will redirect to the Software Update control panel
  2. Download MacOS High Sierra from Mojave

  3. From the Software Update preference panel, confirm that you want to download macOS High Sierra by choosing “Download”
  4. Download macOS High Sierra from within MacOS Mojave

  5. MacOS High Sierra will download into the /Applications/ folder of the Mac, labeled as “Install macOS High Sierra”
  6. MacOS high sierra installer complete download

Once you have the macOS High Sierra installer you can copy it elsewhere, use it for making a bootable macOS High Sierra installer, use it for installing macOS High Sierra into a virtual machine like Parallels, for setting up a dual-boot environment, or whatever else is necessary.

Note that this is not a downgrade process nor is it intended to be, it’s merely downloading the macOS High Sierra installer onto a Mac running the newer macOS Mojave release. You can not install an older macOS release over a newer release. Instead, if you want to downgrade for whatever reason, your best bet would be to downgrade from macOS Mojave to High Sierra (or earlier) by using Time Machine backups made prior to the initial Mojave update. Another option would be to perform a macOS High Sierra clean install, though a clean install completely erases a Mac and removes all data from the computer, making it less practical for most users given that most users want to maintain their personal data.

Interestingly enough, if you try and search the Mac App Store for “macOS High Sierra” from within macOS Mojave, you will not find the installer in the Mac App Store listings. For whatever reason, Apple has hidden the installer, and thus you must click on a direct download link that opens directly to the MacOS High Sierra download page within the App Store.

Searching for macOS High Sierra in Mojave turns up nothing involving system software

Users who had previously downloaded other versions of macOS (including High Sierra) using the same Apple ID can also find the prior macOS releases available from the “Purchases” section of the Mac App Store.

If you know of any other tips or methods to download older versions of MacOS and Mac OS X system software from within MacOS Mojave, share them with us in the comments below!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. Bob says:

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  3. David says:

    RE: your tip about finding High Sierra and other versions of the OS in Purchases section for those that previously downloaded the OS installer, that’s the best way to get any previous OS version when a new OS version comes out.

    Apple always hides the prior versions from download after the new version comes out. Best way to never have this issue for those that have a compatible Mac is always download the new/next OS version when it is out (of beta), regardless if you plan to upgrade or not (if not upgrading, delete installer after download). The download process will register it into the purchases section for future downloading if you ever need it. This can prove useful if you ever skip versions but later want some version in between your the latest version and the version you had prior to upgrading, because the versions in the middle are gone unless you can search up the direct URL for it like this article for a particular previous version.

    I hope Apple never does away with offering all previous versions of the OS that you’ve ever downloaded/purchased before in the Purchases section.

  4. Paul says:

    This does not work….. when it gets to the download it just deletes itself. If I am missing something please let me know.

  5. Nancy says:

    I have Mojave and since I’ve had it I can’t scroll horizontally through my image files anymore. I really need to be able to do this. Is there some way I can adjust Mojave to scroll again like this? Otherwise I think I have to uninstall it and use Sierra again.

  6. Alex says:

    MacOS High Sierra will download into the /Applications/ folder of the Mac, labeled as “Install macOS High Sierra” — Can you be more specific, i do not find the file in /Applications/

  7. rod bertelsen says:

    Same result here Alex, no trace of it.

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