I have a MacBook Pro running El Capitan that I need to upgrade to Sierra 10.12 (not High Sierra) for development reasons.

I have previously upgraded my personal computer as follows: El Capitan -> Sierra -> High Sierra. Knowing that, I should be able to see the previous version in the App Store as outlined in this answer.

However, I don't see Sierra in my Purchased tab in the App Store:

App Store

Was Sierra 10.12 completely removed from the store (including previous purchases)?

  • There is now an official page with the Sierra downloader - see the edited answer below (or the edit history for the time window when this wasn't possible)
    – bmike
    Commented Oct 18, 2017 at 0:33

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Apple now has a page up and live store links to download Sierra after High Sierra was announced. These links will change annually for the expected future, so please consider using Apple articles or other answers here to locate the correct links if the ones below change or are removed.

Apple makes Sierra available even after High Sierra is released. Use the safari browser for all these links, please is you run into issues

The link to the installer on the Mac App Store is: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/macos-sierra/id1127487414?ls=1&mt=12

If for some reason that article or link are gone, you may need to have an Apple ID that previously downloaded 10.12 Sierra - then it will be in purchased and a quick download. If you feel it’s missing, check with Apple Store support and your “purchase” receipt emails / purchase history. This is a change from older releases where you had to make sure and get an installer purchased before general release.

If Sierra legitimately isn’t in your purchased list, and for some reason the KB above gets pulled at some point:

  • Direct .dmg updates-http.cdn-apple.com/2019/cert/…
    – timduffin
    Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 19:58
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    If the Sierra installer link isn't working, try using Safari. Commented Nov 29, 2021 at 18:07
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    Well said @LordElrond I’ve edited this to point at better guidance as well that’s more updated than most of this answer.
    – bmike
    Commented Nov 29, 2021 at 18:36

you may use this link to download Sierra https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/macos-sierra/id1127487414?mt=12

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    How does this differ from the link in the existing answer?
    – nohillside
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 22:21
  • @patrix It's a tiny bit different. The existing/above link is no longer working for me. Commented May 4, 2018 at 22:25
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    The link in my answer and posted to this comment is still the active one Apple publishes. itunes.apple.com/us/app/macos-sierra/… It works in multiple geographic locations for us. Are you able to use support.apple.com/en-us/HT208202 to get a working link @LangLangC
    – bmike
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 22:44
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    @langlangc both links work for me. If a link in an answer is broken, usually an edit is better than a link-only answer
    – nohillside
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 22:50
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    @bmike the link with ls=1 in it just opened the AppStore.app on its default page, while the one in this answer opened the correct page. But it seems to have been a temp glitch. Now both arrive at the correct page… Weird. (at)Patrix: I can agree to all of that. Commented May 4, 2018 at 22:56

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