Can I download OS X Mavericks not from App Store? Considering that my internet speed is very slow, so I prefer to download the OS from my other laptop, rather than leaving the download from Mac App Store in my MacBook.

  • The only other alternative is if Apple decide to sell it preloaded on a USB stick, which is what I believe they did for a limited time with OS X Lion (if i'm not mistaken).
    – Simon
    Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 17:13
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    If there is another Mac somewhere with faster internet, and you can use your Apple ID on it to download Mavericks, then that same copy could be installed on the Mac you want. (Haven't tried this myself yet, but it was OK in Mountain Lion.)
    – GEdgar
    Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 17:47
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    I ended up downloaded Mavericks myself, it only took 14 hours :D
    – Rendy
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 9:30

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The only way to obtain Mavericks legally is through the App Store, sorry.


Visit this link. There are some OS X versions, original from app store. http://mhs-notes.blogspot.com/2016/08/direct-download-macos.html

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    – fsb
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 13:43

You can't from the appstore but you can from torrent sites, remember you only can use it for a hackingtosh build because apple doesn't allow you to down grade from software. they kinda do but it depends what the first software was on your mac computer, you can make a fresh installation on it with the fist software and you can set the back-up back. and then only upgrade to the latest version of os x.


Apple has started to deliver the full macOS installers outside the App Store. Here is a script that checks the current downloads and finds High Sierra and Mojave installers.

I haven’t picked apart the data it downloads and reads to see if it’s just not seeing the older OS or if those older verisons of OS (Mavericks for example) just don’t ship outside the Mac App Store.

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