I have an Apple Developer license, and an old MacBook that I want to use only as a build server for developing Phonegap applications.

The Mac is too old to get anything newer than 10.9, but in order to use correct IOS SDK, it needs 10.9 or newer.

I was able to find and upgrade from 10.4 to 10.6 with no problem, but I can't seem to find Mavericks as a complete install or update file. Unless I am missing something. I looked in the developer downloads, but all those downloads seem to be upgrades only for people who already own 10.9.

Does anyone know how I can do this?

I never owned any version of OSX that I can go back and get the installer for as this computer was a gift that had never been updated beyond 10.4. My intention is 'pure'. Seems like I should be able to do this somehow.


2 Answers 2


Log into your account and navigate to the summary account overview page:

At that point, open a case with developer support and ask them to send you a redemption code for 10.9 for your Mac App Store account.

  • So I select any of the one's that say "Combo Update" and then ask for developer support?
    – dgo
    Oct 18, 2016 at 20:10
  • Yup @user1167442 - You don't necessarily need to get the combo first, but it validates you are active and you've already looked for the file. Perhaps they have it hidden and will take the hint to let us get these ourselves and it shows you tried hard to find it first.
    – bmike
    Oct 18, 2016 at 20:11
  • Gotcha - thanks. I'll comment and mark this the correct answer if it works.
    – dgo
    Oct 18, 2016 at 20:44
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    @user1167442 Please edit my post to make it just how you like :-)
    – bmike
    Oct 18, 2016 at 21:30

Sadly, I have discovered that this is not possible. According to Apple, Mavericks has been phased out and can no longer even be purchased.

This seems stupid and pointless; but it probably allows them to avoid the pain of writing certain kinds of updates; dealing with backwards compatibility, etc.

I'm sure Mavericks can be had on eBay or somewhere else. That said, this was not the outcome I was hoping for.

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