What is the easiest way to create a snapshot of my Mac at its current state that I can use to do future re-installs from.

I want to be able to get my Mac back to a state where all my required apps are set up with their required settings and plugins and all my system settings are set to a state I'm happy with.

  • Carbon Copy Cloner
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 28, 2016 at 17:04
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    You can boot to recovery, go into disk utility and make an image of the os x partition to another media. Then image the dmg back to the partition at later time. It would be an exact copy but a little bit of a pain imo.
    – Brian Duke
    Mar 28, 2016 at 19:31

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There are also 3rd party programs (SuperDuper, Carbon Copy Cloner, and others) that will make a bootable image of your drive to either a DISK image (think multiple copies) or directly to another drive so that drive is bootable. The advantage of these is that they can do it on a live system without booting into recovery mode. The only downside is that you'll have to pay for them.

For HFS+-based system, you can also go into recovery mode and use Disk Utility to image your drive to another location (like an attached USB drive or the like). This won't work with APFS containers though.

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