Updated and republished for macOS 13.4, 12.6.6, and 11.7.7; skip it unless you really really care about all the macOS releases. Originally published on November 14th, 2005.
Below the break is a table showing all major releases of macOS (previously Mac OS X) from the public beta through the latest released update, which is 13.4, as of May 18, 2023—the 196th release in total.
The following was culled from Apple's support downloads page, and as such, some of the dates may be off just a bit. If you know for certain that something is incorrect, please let me know and I'll get it fixed. (Scroll to see all entries.)
Note: Click the ⓘ symbol to read Apple's release notes for a given update.
Link to ⓘnfo and Comments
|2023||May 18||17||13.4||1.59 GB||ⓘ|
|May 1||21||13.3.1 (a)||53 MB||ⓘ First-ever 'rapid release' security update|
|Apr 7||11||13.3.1||585 MB||ⓘ|
|Mar 27||40||13.3||3.4 GB||ⓘ|
|Feb 13||21||13.2.1||547.6 MB||ⓘ|
|Jan 23||40||13.2||1.05 GB||ⓘ|
|2022||Dec 14||35||13.1||1.68 GB||ⓘ|
|Nov 9||16||13.0.1||606 MB||ⓘ|
|Oct 24||42||13.0||5.52 GB||ⓘ Ventura (Taxes were too high in Santa Barbara?)|
|Sep 12||26||12.6||1.59 GB||ⓘ|
|Aug 17||28||12.5.1||1.2 GB||ⓘ|
|Jul 20||41||12.5||3.1 GB||ⓘ|
|May 16||39||12.4||2.29 GB||ⓘ|
|Apr 7||7||11.6.6||2.5.3 GB||ⓘ|
|Mar 31||17||12.3.1||1.31 GB||ⓘ|
|Mar 14||28||12.3||4.38 GB||ⓘ|
|Feb 10||14||12.2.1||1.04 GB||ⓘ|
|Jan 27||45||12.2||1.94 GB||ⓘ|
|2021||Dec 13||49||12.1||2.36 GB||ⓘ|
|Oct 25||7||12.0.1||2.34 GB||ⓘ First general release of Monterey|
|Oct 18||35||12.0||12.13 GB||ⓘ Monterey - 12.0 only on new MBPs|
|Oct 25||42||11.6.1||2.56 GB||ⓘ|
|Sep 13||34||11.6||2.64 GB||ⓘ|
|Aug 11||15||11.5.2||2.5 GB||ⓘ|
|Jul 26||5||11.5.1||2.2 GB||ⓘ|
|Jul 21||58||11.5||2.9 GB||ⓘ|
|May 24||21||11.4||3.1 GB||ⓘ|
|May 3||7||11.3.1||3.3 GB||ⓘ|
|Apr 26||49||11.3||5.71 GB||ⓘ|
|Mar 8||11||11.2.3||2.44 GB||ⓘ|
|Feb 25||16||11.2.2||2.17 GB||ⓘ|
|Feb 9||8||11.2.1||2.43 GB||ⓘ|
|Feb 1||49||11.2||3.25 GB||ⓘ|
|2020||Dec 14||25||11.1||3.27 GB||ⓘ|
|Nov 19||7||11.0.1||2.81 GB||ⓘ First general release of Big Sur|
|Nov 12||7||11.0||12.18 GB||ⓘ Big Sur (11.0 only shipped on M1 Macs)|
|Nov 5||43||10.15.7 SU1||1.21 GB||ⓘ|
|Sep 23||42||10.15.7||2.86 GB||ⓘ|
|Aug 12||28||10.15.6 SU1||3.22 GB||ⓘ|
|Jul 15||44||10.15.6||3.35 GB||ⓘ|
|Jun 1||6||10.15.5 SU1||1.59 GB||ⓘ|
|May 26||48||10.15.5||3.37 GB||ⓘ|
|May 21||--||10.14.6 SU4||151 MB||No info page - fix for some 32-bit apps|
|Apr 8||15||10.15.4 SU1||1.38 GB||ⓘ|
|Mar 24||56||10.15.4||3.0 GB||ⓘ|
|Jan 28||49||10.15.3||3.0 GB||ⓘ|
|2019||Dec 10||42||10.15.2||3.0 GB||ⓘ|
|Oct 29||14||10.15.1||4.5 GB||ⓘ|
|Oct 15||8||10.15 SU1||985 MB||No info page|
|Oct 7||11||10.15||4.9 GB||ⓘ Catalina - You need more permission!|
|Sep 26||31||10.14.6 SU3||1.32 GB||ⓘ|
|Aug 26||25||10.14.6 SU2||1.25 GB||ⓘ|
|Aug 1||10||10.14.6 SU1||949 MB||ⓘ|
|Jul 22||70||10.14.6||2.7 GB||ⓘ|
|May 13||49||10.14.5||2.5 GB||ⓘ|
|Mar 25||62||10.14.4||2.8 GB||ⓘ|
|Jan 22||48||10.14.3||2.0 GB||ⓘ|
|2018||Dec 5||28||10.14.2||2.5 GB||ⓘ|
|Nov 7||8||10.14.1 SU1||1.3 GB||ⓘ For 2018 MacBook Air|
|Oct 30||36||10.14.1||3.3 GB||ⓘ|
|Sep 24||27||10.14||5.2 GB||ⓘ Mojave - You need permission!|
|Aug 28||38||10.13.6 SU2||1.32 GB||ⓘ For 2018 Touch Bar MBP…again|
|Jul 24||15||10.13.6 SU1||1.31 GB||ⓘ For 2018 Touch Bar MBP|
|Jul 9||38||10.13.6||1.32 GB||ⓘ AirPlay 2|
|Jun 1||64||10.13.5||2.12 GB||ⓘ Messages in iCloud|
|Mar 29||37||10.13.4||2.36 GB||ⓘ Sortable Safari bookmarks!!|
|Feb 20||28||10.13.3 SU||40.4 MB||ⓘ Indian character/Messages crash fix|
|Jan 23||33||10.13.3||1.97 GB||ⓘ|
|Jan 8||33||10.13.2 SU||633.6 MB||ⓘ Spectre and Meltdown fixes|
|2017||Dec 6||36||10.13.2||2.08 GB||ⓘ|
|Oct 31||26||10.13.1||1.47 GB||ⓘ|
|Oct 5||10||10.13 SU||915 MB||ⓘ Addresses two security issues|
|Sep 25||68||10.13||4.8 GB||ⓘ High Sierra - Higher in the mountains?|
|Jul 19||65||10.12.6||1.98 GB||ⓘ|
|May 15||49||10.12.5||1.57 GB||ⓘ|
|Mar 27||63||10.12.4||1.56 GB||ⓘ Night Shift|
|Jan 23||41||10.12.3||1.05 GB||ⓘ|
|2016||Dec 13||50||10.12.2||1.94 GB||ⓘ|
|Oct 24||34||10.12.1||1.36 GB||ⓘ|
|Sep 20||64||10.12||4.77 GB||ⓘ Sierra - Still in the mountains.|
|Jul 18||63||10.11.6||759 MB||ⓘ|
|May 16||57||10.11.5||759 MB||ⓘ|
|Mar 20||61||10.11.4||1.58 GB||ⓘ|
|Jan 19||41||10.11.3||662 MB||ⓘ|
|2015||Dec 9||49||10.11.2||1.4 GB||ⓘ|
|Oct 21||21||10.11.1||1.19 GB||ⓘ|
|Sep 30||48||10.11||6.08 GB||ⓘ El Capitan - Go climb something!|
|Aug 13||44||10.10.5||1.02 GB||ⓘ|
|Jun 30||75||10.10.4||1.09 GB||ⓘ|
|Apr 16||8||10.10.3 SU||1.8 MB||ⓘ Supplemental Update|
|Apr 8||71||10.10.3||1.52 GB||ⓘ Includes Photos app|
|Jan 27||71||10.10.2||544 MB||ⓘ|
|2014||Nov 17||32||10.10.1||311 MB||ⓘ|
|Oct 16||29||10.10||5.2 GB||ⓘ Yosemite - No surfers here.|
|Sep 17||79||10.9.5||139 MB||ⓘ|
|Jun 30||46||10.9.4||283 MB||ⓘ|
|May 15||79||10.9.3||461 MB||ⓘ|
|Feb 25||71||10.9.2||460 MB||ⓘ|
|2013||Dec 16||55||10.9.1||243.4 MB||ⓘ|
|Oct 22||19||10.9||5.3 GB||ⓘ Mavericks - All out of big cats!|
|Oct 3||21||10.8.5 SU||19.6 MB||ⓘ Supplemental Update|
|Sep 12||100||10.8.5||273.7 MB||ⓘ|
|Jun 4||82||10.8.4||152.0 MB||ⓘ|
|Mar 14||161||10.8.3||249.0 MB||ⓘ|
|2012||Oct 4||15||10.8.2 SU||26.7 MB||ⓘ Supplemental Update|
|Sep 19||27||10.8.2||665.5 MB||ⓘ|
|Aug 23||29||10.8.1||24.2 MB||ⓘ|
|Jul 25||77||10.8||4.1 GB||ⓘ Mountain Lion - App Store only|
|Oct 4||15||10.7.5 SU||2.0 MB||ⓘ Supplemental Update|
|Sep 19||133||10.7.5||1.1 GB||ⓘ Released with 10.8.2|
|May 9||98||10.7.4||692.7 MB||ⓘ|
|Feb 1||112||10.7.3||1.3 GB||ⓘ Only combo updater available|
|2011||Oct 12||56||10.7.2||768.8 MB||ⓘ Now iCloud enabled|
|Aug 17||29||10.7.1||79.3 MB||ⓘ|
|Jul 19||26||10.7||4.1 GB||ⓘ Lion - App Store only (USB stick later)|
|Jun 23||94||10.6.8||453.6 MB||ⓘ App Store readied for Lion|
|Mar 21||74||10.6.7||475 MB||ⓘ|
|Jan 6||57||10.6.6||143.6 MB||ⓘ Can you say "App Store?"|
|2010||Nov 10||148||10.6.5||644.5 MB||ⓘ|
|Jun 15||78||10.6.4||607.2 MB||ⓘ|
|Mar 29||140||10.6.3||719.2 MB||ⓘ|
|2009||Nov 9||60||10.6.2||473 MB||ⓘ|
|Sep 10||13||10.6.1||71.5 MB||ⓘ|
|Aug 28||23||10.6||2.31 GB||ⓘ Snow Leopard - First Intel-only release|
|Aug 5||85||10.5.8||274 MB||ⓘ|
|May 12||148||10.5.7||442 MB||ⓘ|
|2008||Dec 15||91||10.5.6||372 MB||ⓘ|
|Sep 15||77||10.5.5||316 MB||ⓘ|
|Jun 30||33||10.5.4||88 MB||ⓘ|
|May 28||107||10.5.3||420 MB||ⓘ|
|Feb 11||88||10.5.2||343 MB||ⓘ Combo updater only|
|2007||Nov 15||20||10.5.1||110 MB||ⓘ|
|Oct 26||128||10.5||2.15 GB||ⓘ Leopard - First universal binary release|
|Nov 14||147||10.4.11||128 MB||ⓘ This '10' goes to '11'|
|Jun 20||99||10.4.10||72 MB||ⓘ|
|Mar 13||165||10.4.9||160 MB||ⓘ|
|2006||Sep 29||94||10.4.8||206 MB||ⓘ|
|Jun 27||85||10.4.7||133 MB||ⓘ|
|Apr 3||48||10.4.6||163 MB||ⓘ|
|Feb 14||35||10.4.5||16 MB||ⓘ|
|Jan 10||71||10.4.4||55 MB||ⓘ First Intel-capable release|
|2005||Oct 31||111||10.4.3||97 MB||ⓘ|
|Jul 12||57||10.4.2||44 MB||ⓘ|
|May 16||17||10.4.1||37 MB||ⓘ|
|Apr 29||14||10.4||1.78 GB||ⓘ Tiger|
|Apr 15||65||10.3.9||51.3 MB||ⓘ|
|Feb 9||56||10.3.8||26.6 MB||ⓘ|
|2004||Dec 15||40||10.3.7||97 MB||ⓘ Combo updater only|
|Nov 5||88||10.3.6||34 MB||ⓘ|
|May 26||72||10.3.4||79 MB||ⓘ Combo updater only|
|Mar 15||89||10.3.3||70 MB||ⓘ Combo updater only|
|2003||Dec 17||37||10.3.2||36.9 MB||ⓘ|
|Nov 10||17||10.3.1||1.5 MB||ⓘ|
|Oct 24||21||10.3||1.54 GB||ⓘPanther|
|Oct 3||57||10.2.8||40 MB||ⓘ|
|Sep 22||139||10.2.7||???||ⓘ Only for certain G5s/G4s|
|May 6||26||10.2.6||26 MB||ⓘ|
|Apr 10||56||10.2.5||81.9 MB||ⓘ|
|Feb 13||56||10.2.4||76 MB||ⓘ|
|2002||Dec 19||38||10.2.3||51 MB||ⓘ|
|Nov 11||54||10.2.2||24.4 MB||ⓘ|
|Sep 18||26||10.2.1||16.3 MB||ⓘ Update not available?|
|Aug 23||79||10.2||1.03 GB||ⓘ Jaguar|
|Jun 5||47||10.1.5||45.1 MB||ⓘ Combo updater only|
|Apr 19||57||10.1.4||1.7 MB||ⓘ|
|Feb 21||62||10.1.3||16 MB||ⓘ|
|2001||Dec 21||37||10.1.2||29.2 MB||ⓘ|
|Nov 14||50||10.1.1||13.8 MB||ⓘ|
|Sep 25||95||10.1||989 MB||ⓘ Puma|
|Jun 22||44||10.0.4||12 MB||ⓘ|
|May 9||8||10.0.3||15 MB||ⓘ|
|May 1||15||10.0.2||15 MB||Released but replaced (see comments)|
|Apr 16||23||10.0.1||4 MB||ⓘ|
|Mar 24||192||10.0||659 MB||ⓘ Cheetah|
|2000||Sep 13||--||10.0β||676 MB||ⓘ Public Beta|
Note: The Days column reflects the number of days between releases.
Some entries may appear out of chronological order (i.e. 10.5 is shown on Oct 26, but above Nov 14 for 10.4.11). This is to keep the version numbers in the proper order, even when an older OS received an update after a major new release came out. This has happened a few times over the years.
Some random notes, updated from the original post:
- Starting with the Public Beta and up through 13.4, there have been 196 macOS releases, both major and minor. This figure includes the one odd macOS X release: 10.2.7. This version was only for the then-new PowerMac G5 and the flat panel iMac G4, and was never generally released.
- As of May 18, 2023 (13.4's release date), it's been 8282 days since the Public Beta was released. So on average, we've seen some sort of update every 42.7 days.
- The shortest time period between any two releases in the same OS generation is six days, which is how quickly the 10.15.5 Supplemental Update 1 came out after the 10.15.5 release. The shortest period at all is two days, the gap between macOS 13.2.1 and macOS 11.7.4.
- The longest time period between any two minor releases is 165 days, which was how long we waited for the 10.4.9 update. (Tecnically, it's actually the 192 day interval between the Mac OS X Public Beta and version 10.0, but I'm counting from the official 10.0 release.)
- The smallest update was 10.3.1, at only 1.5MB. The largest (non-combo, non-main OS release) update was 10.15.1 at 5.3GB.
- The "???" entry for Size on a given release indicates I was unable to find the size. Feel free to contact me if you can help replace any of the "???" entries.
And now, gratuitous graphics…
Releases by version number
Releases by year
A special "thank you!" goes to Mr. Ziebell (for providing some size values on very-old minor updates), and to Benton Quest (for providing size info on all the major releases up through Snow Leopard). See Benton's comment below if you want a nicely detailed history of those early releases.
Another special "thank you!" goes to Mads Fog Albrechtslund, who provided updated PR links for all the major releases—most of mine had broken over the years.
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Any idea why they're calling the Mojave 10.14.6 releases "Supplemental Updates", rather than just upping the version number? I mean, if you've released 3 gigs worth of updates, over 2 months after the original... then you might as well just call it 10.14.7 right?
No official idea, but I'd guess it's related to how much they're changing, what those things are, and how big the update is—all of the supplemental updates (in 10.14 and before) have been at or below 1.32GB. Of course, confusingly, there have been full updates that size or smaller, too. Some are obvious why they got full versions—one such update added AirPlay 2, for instance. Others, no idea.
But it does seem to hold true that if the update is around 1.3GB or less, it's likely to be called supplemental unless part of that 1.3GB is some major new feature or change.
That's my guess, at any rate :).
You know what's missing from your big lists? Build numbers.
And because you asked nicely, here's some extra size data for the list:
Mac OS X 10.0.0 "Kodiak": There were four different iterations of the Mac OS X Public Beta, but they all fit onto a single CD-ROM. DP1 occupied slightly more of the CD than the final DP4 release did, so you can count either: DP1 is 679.1 MB, DP4 is 676 MB.
Mac OS X 10.0.4 "Cheetah": Standard way to get it was to bu the box that was approximately 85% air, 10% printed matter and 5% being a single CD in a sleeve. It was slightly smaller than Kodiak as it didn't pack as much nerd into it - it is a consumer OS first and foremost - so Cheetah's disk-usage is 659 MB
Mac OS X 10.1 "Puma": The retail Puma package has two CDs; the main OS installer is still a single CD, but there's a second CD labeled "Tools" that has some extra fonts, utilities and a few dev goodies that are all completely optional. You got a LOT more when you bought a brand-new Mac that shipped with Puma - eleven CDs, which included Puma, Mac OS 9.2.2, a Hardware Test CD, an Applications disc, and a 6-CD set holding a system-restore image. Most folk who bought Puma as a retail/upgrade would install the tools too, so 648MB + 341 MB = 989 MB
Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar": For the first time, Mac OS X comes in two flavours, regular and Server editions. Jaguar 10.2 Server costs more, and uses a serial-number, but with general-user apps replaced with administrator-level server toys, it is a single CD of 635MB. The regular, or 'Client' OS installer now comes on two CDs but most of the second is fonts & printer drivers that you can choose not to install. There's a third CD in the retail package, "Apple Developer Tools" which has another 338MB of stuff on it. Without the Dev Tools, Jaguar Retail is 648 MB + 341 MB = 989 MB.
Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther:" The retail boxed version comes with four CDs, three for the Panther installer and one for the rebranded dev tools: Xcode. Macs that shipped with Panther usually got a DVD or two, or a whole wallet of CDs like the Jaguar Macs had. Not counting the 637 MB of stuff on the Xcode disc, the Panther installer adds up to 1.54 GB.
Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger": Apple started including DVD installers with Macs that shipped with a DVD drive back in the Jaguar days, but retail and upgrade Mac OS X installers were always CD-only ... until Tiger. The boxed edition of 10.4 comes as a single DVD holding 3.03 GB worth of OS-installer, Xcode, and a bevy of extra fonts, language kits & printer drivers, although it could be ordered as a 4-CD set. Even though the big switcharoo from PowerPC to Intel happened during Tiger's reign, the retail/upgrade editions of Tiger were PowerPC-only. Ignoring the optional extras, the app and all the packages that make up the default Tiger installer add up to 1.78 GB.
Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard": When you're supporting two disparate CPU architectures, everything takes up more than twice the space. Retail OS X Leopard ships on a dual-layer DVD that is absolutely chock-a-block full - 7.553 GB of the 8 GB capacity is taken, but not all of that is OS. The System you run when you boot the DVD is 1.1 GB, there's another gig's worth of 'Optional Installers' (mostly Xcode), but the main folder of installers amounts to 6 GB worth, which happens to include all the language packs, fonts for same, and over 2 GB worth of printer drivers. There's also a 460 MB hidden ISO partition that's got the Boot Camp software on it for Windows. If you add up the size of just the installers used to make up the default OS X - remember, it carries all the baggage needed for both PowerPC and Intel - it adds up to 2.15 GB.
Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard": The boxed retail Snow Leopard ships on a dual-layer DVD like Leopard did, and it too is chokka-block. You'd think going Intel-only would free up a lot of space on the disc, but no, they've filled the once-free-space with even more extras, including the PowerPC emulator, Rosetta - including the hidden Boot Camp partition, it all adds up to a very full 7.82 GB. There are two releases, 10.6.0 and 10.6.3 (in fact, Apple still sell the 10.6.3 DVD through the Store) with the latter release squeezing in even tighter, but if I cherry-pick the installer packages for a default OS install, it comes to 2.31 GB.
Benton: Wow, thanks much for the sizing info; I'll add it to the table shortly. As for build numbers, I thought about it once a few years ago, but decided that there's too much variability for my liking. (For example, Apple will sometimes release hardware that gets a new build number of macOS, even though the version number is unchanged.) This post is mainly a fun diversion, and including all the build number info would turn it into more of a job :).
I just realised I got the Jaguar sizes wrong - wasn't watching my copypasta properly :)
Jaguar Retail is 661 MB + 374 MB = 1.03 GB.
10.6.8 was released twice (second as version 1.1)
Please whats the size of the latest version of macOS Sierra?
I'm not sure I understand the question - size of what? The last updater? The full OS after the last updater? I don't know that latter, but the former is shown as 1.98GB in the table.
You forgot Big Sur 11.0 - it was preinstalled on the M1 Macs released in November.
I left it out on purpose, as my M1 MBP arrived with 11.0.1 on it already, so I assumed it never shipped on available hardware. Did you buy one that came with 11.0?
Update: You were correct, it did ship on at least some M1 Macs. I've updated the post—thanks for the heads up!
Have you any knowledge as to where I can find a downloadable and secure .dmg of the original Mojave 10.14 ?
Sorry, I don't have any idea where such a thing might exist.
This may be useful to some. Older versions of macOS can be downloaded from the App Store. As of this writting you can get older versions of macOS going back to 10.13 High Sierra. App Store searches will only find the current shipping versions of macOS. For older versions you will need to know the direct App Store link. This article explains how to get it:
YES USEFUL to us! Thanks SO MUCH! Still using beloved Mid2011 (macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra) with nib M1 just arrived...
It seems that the first two paragraphs have not been updated for 11.6, they still says "11.5.2".
Thank you for providing this information
Just out of curiosity you have it listed as Big Sur 11.6.1 then 12.0. What happened to 11.6.2?
I work for a school and the new MBAs (M1) come with 11.3.1 preinstalled then goes to 11.6.2 with the option of upgrading to 12.1.
Great site Rob. Keep up the good work.
Basically, I wasn't aware it existed. Once a major new version comes out, and I don't have a Mac running the older version, I usually miss the news of any releases for the older version.
I'll put that on my to do list - thanks!
No problem. I appreciate the time and effort.
macOS Big Sur 11.6.3 is missing from the list… ?
Whoops, I didn't notice it came out! Caught up with that, and with 11.6.4 as of the 14th.
macOS Big Sur 11.6.6 (Released on April 7th, 2022) has a size of 2.53 GB when coming from macOS Big Sur 11.6.5!
Thanks! I've updated the table.
The iPhone Wiki has every update indexed since Big Sur here: https://www.theiphonewiki.com/wiki/OTA_Updates#Mac
Big Sur 11.6.7 has been released and fixes a nasty bug when opening attachments or other "unsaved" files.
I also noticed that the security notes of Big Sur 11.6.6 have been published:
Kind regards and thank you for this blog!
Thanks—I usually miss the 11.6.x announcements. And I wasn't ignoring your comment for the last month, just trying to find time to fix the table for all the 11.6.x releases I'd missed! It's all fixed now, though.
ich machte mein macOS X yostemite 10.10.5 updates für Ende
I believe production Ventura (macOS 13) was released Oct 24th, 2022 not Sep. This according to Apple (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222)
Oh jeez, that was a major brain failure - yea, definitely October not September! Fixed now, thank you!
Some of the links to the Apple PR Archive are broken. So I have complied a list of Apple PR Links, both for the Launch press releases and the preview/announcement press releases.
Thanks for that excellent work! I have removed the list from this comment, and updated all the major release URLs with your now-correct URLs, and added a little thank you at the end of the post.
When will macOS stop pushing updates for 2017 mac Retina