El Capitan Download

I’m trying to download the installer for macOS El Capitan to do some backward compatibility testing. When I get the link to the Mac App Store and try Get it just says it can’t find it. What am I missing?

I don’t suppose anyone has it floating around that I can access?

Downloading it now, give me an hour to get it down and re-upload it.

ETA is 45 minutes on the upload, it took me a little longer than expected to zip it and get it off my laptop and my internet is only 70/20

Here you go, let me know when you have it and I’ll break the link.

https://mega.nz/#!AYZXVIwa!eaSpn76V5NsacwF6yomNtW1PJyQ1NBNzHqnlXPg4Mis

I read reports about not been possible with Mojave… Any Apple Store shop around you to get it from there ? (also in the report).

Mojave cleans wipes all your previous apple system downloads from your account.
but you can still download it and install it, not from the Appstore.

I just downloaded it from the purchase history section of the app store. The link from their website gave the same error that Bob was getting. Having my laptop still on el cap might have helped. It was the only edition that I hadn’t made a backup of.

Getting Mac installers is very difficult these days. Keep yours around. I have installers back to 10.7, but I’m missing 10.11 and 10.12.

Downloading the update from a version older than the one you’re looking for is usually the “best” way to get an official one. Not necessarily easier or convenient, but I trust it more than random files on strange websites.

I can put 10.12 up after if you want?

Thanks for the offer, but it isn’t necessary for me right now.

Here is what I have archived:
Install Mac OS X Lion
Install macOS High Sierra
Install macOS Mojave
Install OS X 10.9 Developer Preview
Install OS X 10.10 Developer Preview
Install OS X El Capitan
Install OS X Mavericks
Install OS X Mountain Lion
Install OS X Yosemite
Mac OS X Snow Leopard.cdr

[quote=412574:@JulianS]Here you go, let me know when you have it and I’ll break the link.

https://mega.nz/#!AYZXVIwa!eaSpn76V5NsacwF6yomNtW1PJyQ1NBNzHqnlXPg4Mis[/quote]
Got it. Thanks

Link removed.

I think you can download OS that came out with and after your Mac model but not before.
I restored my Macbook 2011 recently and I got the option to install LION.

[quote=412763:@Craig Grech]I think you can download OS that came out with and after your Mac model but not before.
I restored my Macbook 2011 recently and I got the option to install LION.[/quote]
except if you installed mojave, apple clears all previous installs

https://www.macworld.co.uk/news/mac-software/impossible-download-old-macos-3684588/

[quote=412765:@Jean-Yves Pochez]except if you installed mojave, apple clears all previous installs

https://www.macworld.co.uk/news/mac-software/impossible-download-old-macos-3684588/[/quote]
You can reinstall the earliest version your Mac supports by launching the correct recovery mode:

Command (?)-R
Install the latest macOS that was installed on your Mac.

Option-?-R
Upgrade to the latest macOS compatible with your Mac.

Shift-Option-?-R
Install the macOS version that came with your Mac

Nice !