Yosemite 10.10/El Capitan 10.11 USB bootable Installer Guide

This is a Guide for making USB Bootable installer Yosemite 10.10/Ei Capitan 10.11 using Clover boot-loader.

To make installer:
1.Running OSX .
2.Install OSX 10.10/10.11 (Vanilla.app/beta.app/dmg)
3.USB Drive 8 GB+
4.Clover Boot-loader & Configurator.
5.Important texts ( FakeSMC & Others).
6.ShowAllfiles ,DPCIManager,Kext Wizard Apps.
1. Making installer:

There are few way you can make” Vanilla  Installer USB“. All  methods will work, if you do it properly.
Method 1:
It is the most easy method to make an installer.
1.First  use ShowAllfiles app to view all hidden file in you Osx. Then copy the 10.10 Developer-preview or Beta or Yosemite.app on  desktop. Go to Disk utility format you usb to  GUID partition (Journaled) MBR or GPT and Give it a name as you like.
Right click>Show package Contents >Contents>Shared Support >(Mount) InstallESD.dmg



2. Install ESD.dmg should be mounted As OS X install ESD your desktop.Open it and check you have BaseSystem.dmg  and Mount it.


3. Now go to “Disk Utility” select your usb. On left side you see Restore button.Click Restore.Choose Sources as BaseSystem.dmg. Choose  your Destination as USB (eg. OSX-USB  ) Click on Restore .It will start copying files into you usb and it might take a while.


4. After finished Restore , Rename your USB as you like(mine USB-OSX-10-10). Copy the Packages files from “OSX Install ESD” (Mounted in Desktop) and Go USB > System>Installation>Delete the Packages link and paste there.This file is big so take time to copy.


5. After that open OSX Install ESD copy  BaseSystem.dmg and BaseSystem.chunklist  to root of your USB.It will be look like picture below. Move to Finalize installer.


Method 2:

Its Terminal method so all the work will done in by 1-click.Copy your Beta.app ,Yosemite.app into Applications.Go to Disk-utility >Format USB with GUID partition mapping and name it ‘Install

Run the file usb_XX.command on  ‘Terminal‘.



Usb 10.11 maker
Method 3:
Yosemite using Apple scripts method(Createinstallmedia) .Mean apple use this cmd to make USB installer.Format your USB and name it ‘Install‘ copy/Paste in ‘Terminal’.

For 10.10 :

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Install --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app --no interaction

For 10.11:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Install --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app --nointeraction


Command file for auto run no need copy/paste,just double click or right click ‘Open with Terminal’.
2. Final touch on installer

1. Bootloader installation:

Your already done copying files. Now  you need to install your boot loader.Run Clover boot loader choose your USB .Choose what you want for boot(Legacy or UEFI) and install drivers.

Clover legacy: (Best for older or without UEFI motherboards  )

  •  Install clover on ESP (not mandatory )
  • Choose between  Install Boot0af in MBR  or Install boot0ss in MBR.
  • Clover EFI 32-bits or Clover EFI 64-bits SATA or BiosBlockIO
  • Drivers 32 or 64
  • Themes

Clover UEFI :

  • Install for UEFI booting only
  • install Clover in the ESP
  • Drivers64UEFI

HFSPlus-64.efi >> HFSPlus.efi.zip
EmuVariableUEFI-64.efi Emulate NVRAM for OS X, this may not be needed on your system if you have native NVRAM ( Try without to test system boot or not  )
OSXAptioFixDrv-64.efi or OSXAptioFix2Drv-64.efi Fix memory issues on most UEFI systems, this may not be needed on your system.(Mostly used in AMI bios )

  • Themes



2. Copy Kexts to installer: 

Now use Clover Configurator to mount EFI partition( if not mounted).Go to EFI>Clover>Kexts>10.10/10.11/other. .Copy all your kext like FakeSMC,NULLCPU,LAN and others.

3. Editing Config.plist
Config.plist contain all your boot loader settings within.So change it accordingly.You can use PlistEdit or Clover Configurator to edit config.plist and add boot flags.
In 10.10 config plist:

  • -v kext-dev-mode=1 With injectkexts=Yes/True

In 10.11 config.plist:

  • -v rootless=0 with injectkexts=Yes/True   &

Some settings you might need:
Haswell :  kernelPM=true/Yes and -xcpm flag
Ivy Cpus :  AsusAICPUPM=true/Yes and -xcpm
Sandy bridge Cpus :   AsusAICPUPM=true/Yes
GPUs : Change settings under ‘Graphics’
Under Graphics to inject your GFX cards.OOB cards should be ‘False‘ and injected cards ‘True‘.


Finally Save config.plist to USB EFI>Cover>config.plist (Replace demo)
Download config.plist.zip
5. Post-Installation :
Post-Installation may differ on users. But basic is after install boot using usb.Install boot-loader.copy/paste EFI Folder USB to HDD EFI. Then use DPCIManager or kext Wizard to install kexts you need.Rebuild cache & Repair permission.
You also can rebuild cache using  Safe mode.Then Boot -s (safe mode): For 10.10 only.10 11 will work as usually

kextcache -prelinked-kernel



Thanks Slice &Clover dev team,Rene,toleda,snatch,Download-fritz,pjalm, sj,Wardoctor & others.   


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9 Responses to Yosemite 10.10/El Capitan 10.11 USB bootable Installer Guide

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  2. hello sir
    i have followed all the steps given by you for installing macOS 12 on vmware having windows host but i want to dual boot windows and macOS on same HDD.
    so what are the steps should i follow


  3. star says:

    Hi dm0s!

    i lost the installer that came with the mac, i have to completely replace the hard drive and i don’t have any macintosh computer, i have here is a windows computer, could you help how to make a bootable usb using your iso and windows? TIA


    • dmos says:

      You can use ISO to DMG converter then.Software like transmac or PowerISo can make bootable USB.
      Or you can go for Vmware OSx then Download osx .app and use Guide methods.


  4. Oscar Gómez says:

    Hello, when I open the installation it stops in a line with:
    and it doesn’t do anything more, what can I do?


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