Download Sierra through CLI

Apple’s readded sierra to MAS

One of the changes that came with High Sierra’s release and affected fellow macadmins was the removal of Sierra from the app store.


For now, there’s a work around as Apple still has Sierra in the Software Update Catalogue

  1. Sign into the Mac App Store with an account that had Sierra
  2. Download Mas CLI
  3. Extract mac cli
  4. Drag mas into the Applications folder
  5. Open Terminal located in Applications -> Utilities
  6. type cd /Applications/
  7. type ./mas install 1127487414  This will download the installer Application
  8. Wait


  • Marc Wilson October 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Doesn’t work. I get a message about the re-download being unavailable either because it was bought by a different user or the item was refunded or cancelled. None of those are the case. 🙁

    • rderewianko October 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Hi Marc,

      Try this
      ./mas signout
      ./mas signin –dialog

      • Marc Wilson October 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

        Same result. I tried from a machine that started life with Sierra, on a machine that had been upgraded to Sierra, and from a machine that has never had Sierra on it.

        Believe me, , my 2011 got Sierra from the MAS.

  • Bernardo Prieto October 12, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Do you happen to have the macOS Sierra 10.12.6 item number? 12.5 is not working to install on TouchBar MacBooks.


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