ANYmacOS is the name of the Mac app with which you can download macOS installers and beta versions of current operating systems and use them directly for a bootable installation medium. The software from SL-Soft (SL = Sascha Lamprecht) is free and can be used from OS X 10.10 Yosemite. You can currently download various macOS versions from macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra to the beta of macOS 12 Monterey. What you need to know about the ANYmacOS app, how to download it and how to use it, I have summarized it below.
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ANYmacOS - Download macOS installers and beta versions
With the freeware ANYmacOS you can - even without access to the Mac App Store - download installation files of the final macOS versions as well as of the current beta versions. From High Sierra to Mojave and Catalina to Big Sur, everything is currently included for regular use. If you want to try Monterey as a beta, you can also download this system via ANYmacOS. In addition to the simple file download in pkg format, you have the option of creating a boot stick or another bootable medium. So connect a USB stick or an external hard drive with enough memory and off you go.
Download, install and use ANYmacOS
On Provider side you can find the download of ANYmacOS for Mac models with at least OS X 10.10 Yosemite (Overview of all Mac systems with names and numbers). If you click on it and allow the download, a zip file will be saved in the corresponding folder. Unzip this and you already have the ANYmacOS program on your hard drive. Now you can move it from the download folder to the program folder.
If you want to start it, however, there is likely to be a security warning that the app / developer is not verified and so on. Therefore opens via the Apple menu (top left on the menu bar) the System Settings and in it Safety. In the tab General Click on the "Open anyway" button at the bottom right. Now you can double-click the app symbol again. A message should appear again, but you can now click on the "Open" button.
Once you have overcome these hurdles, you can finally use ANYmacOS. The options are available in two drop-down menus
Customer Seed, Developer Seed, Public Seed, and Show All (Update June 2023: there is only one menu for the OS selection) as well as the macOS versions available with it. The Mac operating system you are currently using and its build are displayed to the right. At the bottom you can click "Download" or "Create Installer" after selecting.
Download accelerator: Use up to five connections at the same time
The individual download from the Apple servers can take a while. That's why ANYmacOS offers the option of using up to five connections at the same time in order to download the selected macOS version faster. You can find out whether this option is activated and how many connections are being used at the same time in the app settings. To do this, click in the menu bar ANYmacOS and then on Settings ... - At the bottom right you will find the "Download Accelerator" field and the option to set 1 to 5 connections.
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