Instructions for creating a MacOS Sierra 10.12 installer

Apple has just released macOS Sierra 10.12 official version. You can update directly or for those who want to create a completely new USB installer to clean the device, you can follow the instructions in the following article.

Currently I see There are 3 ways to create a MacOS Sierra 10.12 installer. I will write down all 3 ways in order from easy to difficult. In essence, these three ways are the same.

  • Method 1 uses software to create the installer.
  • Method 2 uses the command line.
  • Method 3 is completely manual.

First, download the official MacOS Sierra 10.12 installer. Then use 1 of the following 3 ways to create an installation USB

Method 1: Use Install Disk Creator software.

– First download the software Install Disk Creator here

– Prepare 1 USB with capacity of 8gb or more

3875247 Disk Creator

1. Run Disk Creator
2. Plug in the USB, remember that this USB will be white format.
3. Run Disk Creator, press “Select OS X Installer
4. Find the file Install macOS Sierra
5. Press the button Select the volume to become the installer and select the USB drive just now
6. Press “Create Installer” wait a few minutes depending on your USB speed.

7. Done ^_^

This is the simplest, easiest to understand, least error-prone way. However, if your usb is too slow, it can lead to time out and unsuccessful creation. Now you move to try method 2.

Method 2: Use the command line


  • 1 8GB capacity USB
  • macOS 10.12 installation file (download at the top of the post)
  • After downloading the installation file, you can extract a new file called “Install macOS“, you changed your name to (Press Enter to rename and then type Sierra. The .app extension is the default) Then copy it to the folder. Application of the machine (drag and drop to folder Application left hand side)

Start creating the installer:

  • Run Disk Utility (Click Launchpad type Disk then choose Disk Utilitly) Select the USB Disk on the left side of the screen, press the Erase button, leave the default name as UntitledFormat: OS X Extended (Journaled)Scheme: GUID Partion Mapthen press Erase, wait a few minutes for the USB format to finish, then press Done
  • Run Terminal: Copy this command line and paste it into Terminal then type your login password. (While typing the password, the machine does not show *** anything, just type it correctly)

sudo /Applications/ --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/ --nointeraction

It will take from 4-5 minutes to 10 minutes depending on the speed of your USB disk for the code to run 100%, after that you have a USB installer for you. macOS Sierra congratulation!

A little explanation about the command: In the above command line, there are 2 places I highlighted in red:

  • Untitled: is the name of the USB. This, if in the Format step you change the name, you also change it in the above command
  • is the name of the installation file located in the directory Application

Method 3: Completely Manual

1. Download the installer
2. USB, SD Card, portable hard drive, .minimum capacity 8GB

Step 1: Show hidden files. Run the following command to show hidden files

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

=> You can read more about how to hide and show hidden files at: 2 Simplest Ways to Hide, Show Hidden Files on Mac
Step 2: After getting the installer. Double click to mount the installer.

Step 3: Open the drive just mounted, right-click on the installation file and select “Show Package Contentsopen the folder again “Contents>SharedSupport” (The picture below is illustrated with the installation kit of version 10.9. Of similar MacOS Sierra)


Step 4: Double-click and mount the File “InstallESD.dmg“Mac OS will mount another partition named ‘OS X Install ESD‘ , you open this partition and click on “BaseSystem.dmg” Select “Open” to mount this file again (The default file is hidden. If you don’t see it, the step to show the hidden file above has not been successful).


Step 5: Enter Disk Utility select “BaseSystem.dmg” And click on Tab “Restore”
Select “Source” to be “BaseSystem.dmgand select “Destination” is the USB you need to create Boot, then click “Restore” to start copying data to the usb.
After the copy is complete, you go to the usb, go to the folder System > Installation > and delete the alias (with arrows) named “Packages” (As shown below)


Back to partition ‘OS X Install ESD’ mounted in Step 4 just now, drag and drop the folder “Packages” into the /System/Installation/ in the USB need to boot (same level as the file packages just deleted)

Wait for the copy to finish and Done. You can exit the usb and try Boot. How to boot is sure everyone knows (Press the Option key at startup)

Subsidiary information:

Machines that support macOS Sierra:

Mac support

  • iMac (Late 2009 and newer)
  • Mac mini (2010 and newer)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2009 and newer)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and newer
  • MacBook Pro (2010 and newer)

To play Apple Pay and Universal Clipboard, your device must be in the following series

  • iMac (Late 2012 and newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 and newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
  • MacBook (Early 2015 and newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 and newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and newer)

If you want to use Universal Clippboard and Apple Pay, your iPhone and iPad must run iOS 10, the watch must run watchOS 3

Want to activate AutoUnlock – Unlock the device yourself

  • Only Macs from 2013 onward
  • iPhone running iOS 10
  • Apple Watch chạy watchOS 3
  • Sign in to iCloud with the same account on 2 devices
  • Must enable 2-layer security

After creating the macOS Sierra installation usb. You follow the instructions below to install macOS Sierra on your mayd.

Wished everyone success

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