OSX 10.11 El Capitan – How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive – GUIDE!

As usual, Apple no longer supply a bootable USB Flash Drive with latest OS X releases – including the new OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Using this tutorial you will be able to create your very own bootable USB Flash Drive using Apple’s newest operating system, El Capitan, in 3 easy steps!

Command used in this video:
sudo /Applications/Install OS X El Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/OSX –applicationpath /Applications/Install OS X El Capitan.app…

49 comments on OSX 10.11 El Capitan – How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive – GUIDE!

  1. I installed a new SSD in a late 2008 13" Macbook 5,1. I created a bootable USB following this video. When I restart and hold option to boot from the USB nothing happens (gray screen remains gray). When I insert this same USB into my newer (Mid 2011 MacBook Pro) MacBook and attempt to boot from USB it displays as a boot option.

    I also have a bootable OSX 11.11 on different USB that shows as a boot option in the older MacBook (unfortunately that OS is too new and won't run on the old com) so I'm completely lost as to what the issue is. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Erasing USB with GUID scheme makes UniBeast say "I need at least a usb of 7gb hfs-partitioned", but if I erase it with MBR scheme it detects it normally, does MBR erasing have any problem in the future ?

    Note: my usb stick is 8gb

  3. I have el captain and my disk utility is completely different, I dont get the options you present!?
    What OSX are you using?

    Thanks for the help….

  4. Hi man! My OS is Snow leopard 10.6.8, when I follow the video steps I see this error: "Failed to start erase of disk due to error (-9999, 0). A error occurred erasing the disk." what's up? Can you help me please?

  5. keep getting the below message. any ideas? using an 8gb flash.

    Erasing Disk: 0%… 10%…
    Error erasing disk error number (-69888, 0)
    A error occurred erasing the disk

  6. Having difficulty getting the flash drive to allow partitions. Erase at what security level? I already erased at 1st and second levels – trying the third one now.

  7. ifibashir
    Thanks alot for the video, i was able to complete the factory restore because of it, i had issues because i got a second hand iMac, i spent 2 hours talking to 6 people at Apple support, they couldn't solve it but your video did!!!
    p.s i had to use the command Daniel Lopes noted below.

  8. I HAVE THIS EACH TIME I PUT IN THE CODE, my mac doesn't have a password

    "WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss
    or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your
    typing when using sudo. Type "man sudo" for more information.

    To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort.


  9. does this work on 10.6.8? cant get the terminal command to work trying to do this for three f***ing days im getting real irritated and about to fly my mac out my window.

  10. Hi. I have done followed each of the steps. Somehow it shows me this

    Copy complete.
    Making disk bootable…
    Couldn't mount dmg /Volumes/Install OS X El Capitan/Install OS X El Capitan.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg (error code 112)Mount of outer dmg failed.

    What does it means?

  11. its says media:not found
    there is no rogue dash wondering whats wrong. code is below |

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

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