We’ve covered how to use simple terminal commands to create a macOS Mojave USB installer in the past, but understand that not everyone is comfortable fooling around with the Terminal. With this in mind, we’ve created a brief tutorial highlighting an alternative method that’s as simple as it gets. Watch our hands-on video for the details.

How to create a macOS Mojave USB installer drive

Step 1: Acquire a USB drive with 16 GB of storage or more. Drives like the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C are a nice choice, because they allow quick connections to both USB-C and USB-A ports with no dongles needed.

Step 2: Download and install CleverFiles’ Disk Drill.

Step 3: Download the macOS Mojave Installer from the Mac App Store.

Step 4: Launch Disk Drill.

Step 5: Connect your USB drive to your Mac.

Video walkthrough

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Step 6: In Disk Drill, click Create Boot Drive → OS X / macOS Installer.

Step 7: Disk Drill should automatically point to the macOS Installer location, but if not, you can click Locate installer on disk and point to the location in the /Applications folder manually.

Step 8: Click Use as Source.

Step 9: Click Make Bootable next to your USB flash drive. Be sure to select the correct drive, because the entire contents of the selected drive will be erased.

Step 10: On the warning screen, click Yes to proceed once you’re sure that the correct disk is selected and that it’s okay to erase its contents.

Disk Drill will now go through the process of copying over the necessary files and making the USB drive bootable. Once completed, you’ll see a confirmation box. Click OK, let’s do it to proceed.

Now it’s just a matter of connecting the drive to a Mac that you’d like to reinstall macOS on, powering off the machine, and rebooting it while holding the Option (⌥) key. From there, select Install macOS Mojave to load the macOS Utilities tool.

Of course, if you prefer not to use third-party software, you can still use the excellent Terminal method, which is a little bit more involved, but requires no additional outside software.

Do you like to create a bootable macOS USB installer to have on hand? If so, what’s your method of choice?

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