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How to Download/Create macOS Sonoma DMG File for Clean Installation?

Updated on Friday, June 14, 2024

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Summary: Seeking to download the macOS 14 Sonoma DMG file? This article from iBoysoft tells you how to directly download the macOS Sonoma DMG file and how to create the macOS Sonoma DMG file step by step.

macOS Sonoma DMG file

As the successor to macOS Ventura, macOS Sonoma has introduced a number of innovative features, enhancing both productivity and entertainment on Mac.

This new macOS update now features dynamic screen savers, enhanced video conferencing capabilities with Presenter Overlay and augmented reality effects, a dedicated Game Mode, advanced search filters and new sharing options in Messages, better privacy and security, and many more.

With the macOS Sonoma DMG file, you can easily install macOS Sonoma on your Mac or a virtual machine, such as VMware or VirtualBox, or create a macOS Sonoma bootable drive.

In this article, we'll offer you the direct download link for the macOS Sonoma DMG file and walk you through the steps to create a macOS Sonoma DMG file yourself.

What is a macOS Sonoma DMG file?

A macOS Sonoma DMG file is a disk image containing the entire operating system used to install macOS Sonoma on a computer. Its primary purpose is to serve as an installation medium. DMG stands for disk image, a file format commonly used on macOS.

When you open the macOS Sonoma DMG file, it will mount as a virtual disk on the desktop, allowing you to browse the installer and run the installation program. It's a convenient way to package and distribute large software applications like macOS Sonoma because it can be compressed for speed and encrypted for security.


How to download the macOS Sonoma DMG file directly?

If you want to download the macOS Sonoma DMG file for a clean install or other purposes, simply click the link we provided below. The file was created with the full installer of macOS 14.2.1 Sonoma.

Download the free macOS Sonoma DMG file here

Once you have the macOS Sonoma DMG file, you can proceed to install macOS Sonoma or create a bootable installer according to your preferences.

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How to create a macOS 14 Sonoma DMG file?

Ever since macOS High Sierra, Apple has stopped providing DMG files for new releases. Instead, they offer downloads of application files. If you want to create the macOS Sonoma DMG file yourself, follow the steps we'll discuss below.

Preparation: Download the full installer of macOS Sonoma

The first step for creating the macOS Sonoma DMG file is to download the macOS Sonoma installer. You can download it from either the Mac App Store or a third-party source, depending on whether your Mac is compatible with macOS Sonoma.

Here's the list of Mac models that support macOS Sonoma:

  • MacBook Air (2018 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2018 or later)
  • iMac (2019 or later)
  • Mac Mini (2018 or later)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (2019 or later)
  • Mac Studio (all models)

If your Mac falls into one of the categories, you can open the Mac App Store and search for "macOS Sonoma." Then click View > Get and confirm that you want to download macOS Sonoma by clicking the Download button.

Confirm to download macOS Sonoma installer

After the download is complete, the installer will open automatically to allow you to set up the installation of macOS Sonoma. You can tap the installer window, then click "Install macOS Sonoma" from the menu bar in the top-left and select "Quit Install macOS," followed by Quit to shut down the installer. The installer will continue to be available in the Applications folder.

Quit the macOS Sonoma installer

If your Mac isn't compatible with macOS Sonoma, you can download the macOS Sonoma package file from Mr. Macintosh and install the pkg file to place the full installer in your Applications folder.

Now that you're prepared, you can create the macOS 14 Sonoma DMG file with Disk Utility or Terminal. Both are built-in tools on your Mac. We'll start with the beginner-friendly Disk Utility first.

Way 1: Create the macOS Sonoma DMG file with Disk Utility

To create the macOS Sonoma DMG file, take the following steps:

  1. On your desktop, right-click and select "New Folder."
  2. Rename it Sonoma.
  3. Open Finder and navigate to the Applications folder.
  4. Locate the macOS Sonoma installer, right-click it, and select "Copy." 
    Copy macOS Sonoma installer to the newly-created folder
  5. Open the new folder, right-click on the blank space, and choose "Paste Item."
  6. Press Command + Space and search for "disk utility."
  7. Open Disk Utility.
  8. Choose File > New Image > Image from Folder from the menu bar. 
    Create new disk image in Disk Utility
  9. Browse to the new folder and click Choose.
  10. Decide where you want to save the DMG file and whether to encrypt it, then click Save. 
    Create the macOS Sonoma DMG file in Disk Utility
  11. Wait for the disk image to be generated.
  12. Eject the DMG file after finishing using it.

Way 2: Create the macOS Sonoma DMG file in Terminal

Sometimes, Disk Utility may fail to create the macOS Sonoma DMG file due to various reasons. In such a case, you can count on Terminal to complete the task for you. It's the text-based interface that allows you to interact with macOS through command lines.

Step 1: Create an empty disk image

Go through the following steps to create a blank disk image to accommodate the macOS Sonoma installer:

  1. Open Finder, then launch Terminal from the Applications > Utilities folder.
  2. Type the command below and hit Enter.hdiutil create -o Sonoma -size 15000m -volname Sonoma -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J

Create an empty disk image in Terminal

The command creates a new disk image file named "Sonoma" with a size of 15GB, using Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and a single partition layout.

hdiutil: This is the command-line tool for manipulating disk images on macOS.

create: This subcommand is used to create a new disk image.

-o Sonoma: This option specifies the name of the output disk image file, in this case, "Sonoma".

-size 15000m: This option specifies the size of the disk image to be created. In this case, the size is set to 15000 megabytes.

-volname Sonoma: This option sets the volume name of the disk image to "Sonoma".

-layout SPUD: This option specifies the partition layout of the disk image. "SPUD" stands for "Single Partition - Universal Disk".

-fs HFS+J: This option specifies the file system format to be used for the disk image. In this case, "HFS+J" refers to the HFS Plus file system with the Journaled option enabled, also referred to as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). You can change it to APFS if your Mac is running macOS High Sierra or later.

Step 2: Mount the new disk image

To use the Sonoma.dmg file, you need to execute the following command in Terminal to mount it first.

hdiutil attach Sonoma.dmg -noverify -mountpoint /Volumes/Sonoma

Mount the new disk image in Terminal

hdiutil: This is the command-line utility used to manipulate disk images in macOS.

attach: This subcommand of hdiutil is used to attach a disk image.

Sonoma.dmg: This is the name of the disk image file that you want to attach. In this case, it's "Sonoma.dmg".

-noverify: This is an option that specifies that the disk image should be attached without performing verification checks. It can speed up the process of attaching the disk image.

-mountpoint /Volumes/Sonoma: This option specifies the mount point where the disk image should be mounted. In this case, it specifies that the disk image should be mounted in the "/Volumes/Sonoma" directory.

Now, the disk image should be mounted on your desktop.

Step 3: Copy the macOS Sonoma installer to the mounted disk image

Ensure you're logged in to your Mac with the administrator account. Then run the command below to create a bootable macOS Sonoma DMG file.

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sonoma.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Sonoma –nointeraction

Create the bootable macOS Sonoma DMG in Terminal

When prompted to enter the password, type in your login password and hit Enter. Note that your password won't echo on the screen.

Step 4: Eject the disk image.

After the install media is created, you can find the Sonoma.dmg file in your user folder. If you want to copy the DMG file to another disk, remember to eject it beforehand.

Eject the macOS Sonoma DMG file

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Bonus: Clean up your Mac before installing Sonoma

Imagine you're excited to upgrade to macOS Sonoma, only to find that installation fails due to limited disk space on your Mac - a frustratingly common scenario. To avoid this, freeing up space on your Mac before installing macOS Sonoma is crucial.

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