My Macbook Pro is running macOS Big Sur 11.7.

I'm trying to find a legitimate way, via terminal or app store or some other 'Apple' way (no third-party websites, tools, or apps) to download macOS 12 on my unsupported Macbook.

Please note that I am not trying to install it on my unsupported MBP - I just want the Installer.app of Monterey to be in my Applications folder or something.

What I have tried:

I tried using the Terminal command (article source) softwareupdate --list-full-installers and softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version x.x.x - however it does not list Monterey. I tried forcing the command by putting the version explicitly even though it wasn't listed by doing this:

softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version 12.0.1

But the terminal throws an error: "Install failed with error: Update not found"

Then I tried the normal method of going to Apple's website, clicking the App Store Link, opening in App Store, and clicking the 'Get' button - which opens up Software Update, which thereafter throws another similar "Update not found" error like Terminal.

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    just curious, but why do you want to do this?
    – Ant
    Oct 11, 2022 at 15:45
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    @Ant If you really must know, I'm trying to install it in VMware. I see Ventura is about to be released this month, so I'll wait for that.
    – PCnoob
    Oct 11, 2022 at 17:15

1 Answer 1


As always, Mr Macintosh has the reliable database of links into Apple's CDN.


  • Thank you so much. For some reason this was not appearing in my search results - I was only getting solutions on how to install macOS 12 on an unsupported mac with a bunch of different tools.
    – PCnoob
    Oct 11, 2022 at 17:14

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