OS X El Capitan Recovery Update Version 2.0 Available for Beta Users

Aug 21, 2015 - 2 Comments

OS X El Capitan

Apple has released an update to the Recovery feature for Macs running beta versions of OS X El Capitan. The update is recommended for all users running OS X El Capitan to install.

Recovery Mode allows users to boot into a recovery partition to repair, restore, and re-install OS X in the event something goes particularly wrong with the operating system.

Labeled as “El Capitan Recovery Update Version 2.0”, the update is 484MB and can be downloaded now from the App Store Updates tab. As usual, rebooting the Mac is required to complete the installation. Presumably the update improves the reliability of the feature, as accompanying release notes state the update “includes improvements” to the OS X Recovery feature.

El Capitan recovery update 2.0

If you’re having difficulty making the Recovery Update appear in the Mac App Store, go to the Updates tab and hit Command+R to refresh the available packages. Turning to the terminal is another option for more advanced users.

The current versions of OS X 10.11 are El Capitan dev beta 7 and public beta 5, both released earlier this week.

The final public version of OS X El Capitan is expected to debut this fall for all users as a free download.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, News


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  1. Dawn says:

    I believe the El Capitan Recovery Update version 2.0 is baked into the final version of El Capitan installer.

    That should suggest if you re-create a Recovery Partition on the Mac then it will be of the version which is created (El Capitan, Mavericks, Sierra, etc), as sometimes you need to create a new partition for Recovery HD if you formatted or deleted it.


    I was under the impression that Recovery HD stays as the version of Mac OS software that shipped on the Mac, but that could be how Internet Recovery works instead. It is nebulous at best, not much understanding by anyone here and Apple does not directly offer a Recovery partition generator so that is why many of us are finding our own solutions.

    There is also this option found on the deep forums of forums.MacRumors :

    Download the Lion Recovery Update from http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1464 . (And before you ask, YES. I mean LION recovery update!) Make sure it is in your downloads folder.

    Download the OS X Sierra or whatever latest version from AppStore. In Finder, go to Applications and look for the Sierra installation app. Right click on “Install Sierra.app” or whatever it’s called in Finder, go to Contents/SharedSupport/ Copy or move the InstallESD.dmg file into your ~/Downloads folder.

    Download and decompress the file recovery.sh.zip from and move recovery.sh into your Downloads folder. This file can also be created by copy-paste from below source.

    Open Terminal and type the following two commands:

    chmod +x ~/Downloads/recovery.sh

    sudo ~/Downloads/recovery.sh

    Wait a few minutes for it to finish and return back to a prompt. Reboot with holding down the option key to test your 10.xx.x recovery partition.

    I have not tried the latter approach. So don’t do it without proper vetting yourself, and a full backup of the system in question.

  2. Christopher says:

    The update does NOT require the Mac to be restarted. This can even be gathered from your screenshot. If a restart was required, it would say so under the “Software Update” text. I can also confirm this, as I did not require a restart to install the update.

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