Create macOS Ventura Bootable USB on Mac?
macOS Ventura is a great macOS. The macOS was announced for the first time in 2022 at WWDC. Major improvements were made in macOS. There are many who want to install the macOS on their system and no other method is as handy as creating a bootable USB. So here is how to create a macOS Ventura bootable USB on Mac or MacBook.
Requirement for bootable USB
If you want to create a bootable USB of macOS Ventura, then you are recommended to check a few things first. For creating a bootable USB, you are going to need two things.
- You will need a USB drive with at least 16 GB in storage size.
- Internet connection is required, as you are going to download tons of things later.
NOTE: make sure you have a fast and stable internet connection with backup power for your Mac. As the downloading and creation of bootable might take a while. Also don’t forget to backup all data on USB, as they will be deleted after creating the bootable USB.
Now that you have a pen drive and a stable internet connection, let’s continue with the procedure.
1- Download macOS Ventura
Begin by downloading macOS Ventura first. You are going to download the installer of macOS Ventura from Apple App Store. Since right now only the beta version of macOS Ventura is released then we are going to download the installer from Apple Developer Program.
However; if you can find the installer of macOS Ventura from the Apple App Store then you are going to download it from there. There is also the option to download it through the gibmacOS application.
gibmacOS is an open-source application on GitHub that is used to download macOS. No matter which method you use, you are going to download the installer first and then use the installer for a full offline download.
There might be users who can’t access the Apple App Store or Apple Developer Program, they just need a direct link to download the full offline installer of macOS Ventura. They are going to continue below:
Download macOS Ventura DMG
Begin by using the direct link. Here with this direct link, you are going to download macOS Ventura in DMG file format. The link will provide an offline installer of macOS Ventura that will be later used for creating a bootable USB of Ventura.
Since the macOS Ventura is quite big in size, to be accurate around 12.5 GB in size. This might take some time. Download the macOS and once downloaded then you will continue.
2- Make USB Bootable
Insert, your USB to your Mac. Now you are going to open Spotlight and then select Disk Utility. Inside the Disk Utility, you are going to select the disk from the sidebar.
NOTE: we would mention again that your data on USB will be removed here. So, make sure, you have a backup of your files on USB.
Select the disk and click on Erase.
A popup will appear and will ask for USB disk properties. Here you are going to change the disk properties as below:
Name: Ventura USB
Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Scheme: GUID Partition Map
TIP: we have named our USB Ventura USB. This name will be later used while creating a bootable USB. if you have named your USB something else, then you are recommended to put the exact same name in the terminal.
Once all the options are selected, you are going to click on Erase button. Here your Mac will format and create a new disk drive for your USB.
3- Burn macOS with Terminal
Reaching here means that you have completed almost 80% of the work. Now let’s complete that remaining percentage by running Terminal.
Open Terminal and go to Application > right click on the macOS Ventura Installer and choose Show Package Content > open contents directory > Resources > find the createinstallmedia and drag it to the Terminal.
Now you are going to type “-volume” and then you are going to drag your newly formatted USB to the terminal. This will paste your USB path then you are going to type “-nointeraction” and press the Return key.
Or you are going to open Terminal from Spotlight. Now inside the Terminal, you are going to use the command given.
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ 13\ beta.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Macintosh–nointeraction
NOTE: Make sure that you have used the same name as your USB at the end. As we mentioned before, we have named our USB Ventura USB and that is what we used in the terminal. If you have changed the USB name, then you will replace “Macintosh” with your USB name.
NOTE: We have used the “beta.app” as we have used the beta version of macOS Ventura. However; if you are using other versions then you are going to replace “beta.app” with the version of macOS “****.app”.
After using the command, you will be asked for the macOS user password. Enter your macOS password and the creation phase will begin. You will see something like 0%… 10%… 20%…
A pop will appear, with Terminal would like to access files on a removable volume. You are going to give it access; click on OK.
4- Installation of macOS from a USB
Since there are two categories of Mac, we have divided the section into two. First, there is the method for Mac with Apple Silicon inside then there is Intel inside. Before applying any of the methods given, make sure your system is compatible with macOS Ventura.
- Use this link to check the system compatibility of macOS
- For checking whether you are using Apple Silicon or Intel, you are going to click on the Apple icon. Select About this Mac, a window will appear with all details.
Mac with Apple Silicon
You are going to begin this method by inserting the USB first. Then you will restart your Mac. While your system starts you are going to hold the Power button.
- Insert USB and restart. Hold Power until Loading startup options appear.
- Now you will select bootable volumes.
- Select a drive where you want to install macOS and click on Continue.
- Follow the instruction given by the macOS until you install macOS.
Mac with Intel Inside
For users who have Mac with Intel Inside they are going to follow these steps:
- Insert USB and restart.
- Now hold Option until a black screen appears.
- You are going to select the bootable installer drive by using the Return and arrow keys.
- Select a drive to install macOS.
- Navigate through by selecting Language, Install macOS, Utilities and click on Continue.
- Now macOS will provide all the required instructions to install macOS.
Create Bootable USB with a third-party application
If you don’t feel confident with Terminal, then you can also use third-party applications for creating a bootable USB. So, here is how to create a bootable USB of macOS Ventura on your Mac using third-party applications.
For this method, we are going to use UUByte. Download and install the application on your Mac first.
Then you are going to select Disk Utility. There you will select the USB drive and click on Erase. Don’t forget to change the USB properties as below:
Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Scheme: GUID Partition Map
Erase the USB and continue.
Run UUByte on your Mac and select the DMG file by clicking on Browse. If you have downloaded the full offline installer, then you will drag that here.
Then you will select the USB drive by clicking on Change.
Click on the Burn button to start the process. Here you will be asked to insert your password; enter your local account password. And that is how you create a bootable USB of macOS Ventura on Mac.