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Burn DMG to bootable macOS Install DVD in Windows

DMG is a disk image format for Mac just like an ISO file in Windows. Therefore, it is possible to mount a DMG file on a virtual disk or write it to a DVD and access its contents. A macOS installation package with DMG extension enables creating bootable installer DVDs. My first experience with burning a DMG file to DVD was actually on Windows, back in 2013, when Mountain Lion was the operating system. I accidentally formatted the hard disk of my iMac and lost the recovery partition in the process. The only option left for me was buying an OS X Lion Installer disc as the Internet Recovery required a lot of bandwidth and time. Later, I found a way to burn macOS DMG file to a bootable DVD on my Windows laptop. Eventually, I restored my iMac to OS X 10.8 using the same DVD as macOS installation disc.

Steps to burn DMG file to a bootable macOS DVD in Windows

Let’s start with the process of burning a Mac OS X installer in DMG format (InstallESD.DMG) to a DVD in Windows environment. Here we use an old version of Mac OS, Mountain Lion, to make a bootable macOS DVD. However, the procedure is somewhat the same if you download a compatible macOS High sierra or Catalina in DMG format for creating a USB disk on a PC.

  • Get macOS Installer in DMG format. (Check below for macOS High Sierra and Catalina)
  • In the video we use OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion downloaded from the Mac app store. You could also find a copy from the Internet.
  • Install the free Windows application 7-ZIP (download) to extract and locate InstallESD.DMG, which includes all files to form a bootable macOS DVD.
  • Now, download and install TransMac version 12 (15-day trial) for Windows 10 from this link.
  • Run Transmac app as administrator, by right-clicking on its icon.
  • Click on the File tab at the top, and select the option “Open Disk Image” to load macOS installer DMG file to the software.
  • Find the DMG file loaded on the left side, right-click on it and choose to burn it to DVD.
  • Once you write InstallESD.DMG file to DVD on Windows, load it to a Mac and start it.
  • Press the Option key and select the listed DVD as your installation source.
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The macOS High Sierra and Catalina DMG files have a size around 5.8 and 8 GB. For this file size you need a dual-layer (8.5 GB) DVD. Alternatively, if your Mac doesn’t have a DVD drive, you may consider making a macOS USB in Windows.

burn macOS Install DMG to DVD Windows

Make a macOS install DVD in Windows PC from DMG/ISO image

Apple has changed the file architecture of the macOS installer from OS X Mavericks 10.9. Hence, you cannot follow the above-given technique to directly extract InstallESD.DMG in Windows and make it a bootable DVD in newer macOS variants like Catalina and High Sierra. It is possible to locate InstallESD.DMG or Basesystem.DMG from the ‘Shared Support’ folder inside macOS installation package ending with .APP extension, but still, you cannot make it bootable for a USB or DVD.

A workaround for this problem is to create the DMG file in a Mac itself from the official macOS installer. However, most people searching for methods to burn macOS DVD on Windows don’t have a Mac in working state. We have converted macOS Catalina, Mojave and High Sierra app to DMG format for such users.

Download macOS offline installer [DMG and APP]

This upload is hosted on OneDrive for quick and easy downloads. Although Mojave is the newest macOS release, it is not compatible with older iMacs and MacBook Pros. Hence, we also provide High Sierra in DMG format for those who want it. For personal use on your Mac only. We will set an expiry date for the download link to prevent leaching and hot-linking.

Convert the downloaded macOS Mojave or High Sierra DMG to ISO or IMG

You may want macOS in ISO or IMG format if Transmac doesn’t work as expected to create Install DVD from DMG. It is also useful for running MacOS on Virtualbox.

Download DMG to IMG 1.6.7.

Extract the tool to the folder where you have macOS Mojave or High Sierra DMG installer. Then, right-click and open the DMG file and point to the DMG2IMG program. The conversation starts immediately, showing the progress in a command-line interface.

Convert DMG to ISO-\ IMG Windows

Windows 10 natively support mounting or burning files with ISO and IMG extensions. Hence, IMG is just enough for the purpose if burning DMG to DVD in Windows PC is the sole requirement. to do this, right-click on the IMG file and pick the option “bun to DVD disc,” and follow the instructions.

We also have an article on how to convert macOS to ISO on Mac and Windows.

Alternative options to burn DMG in Windows 10 without DVD drive.

If you have I an old iMac or MacBook Pro with a DVD slot, you may use the above method to restore macOS through a bootable DVD installer created from a DMG source. However, as you know, none of the new Macs has an optical drive. Let’s check out a few alternatives.

  • Format a USB Drive to GPT partition scheme in Windows. Next, restore the macOS Mojave or High Sierra DMG using Transmac.
  • Get a portable DVD writer to boot into macOS installer.

External hard disks also work well for this requirement provided the file system is in the HFS+ format with GUID partition scheme.

Burn DMG to DVD in macOS Catalina 10.15


Looking for a way to burn the Catalina or High Sierra DMG Installer on your Mac computer? Here is the simplest and universal method to write files with DMG extension to DVD disc on macOS.

burn dmg to dvd macos high sierra

Right-click on the DMG file. Now, as shown in the screenshot, choose the option ” Burn Disk images to Disc.” Then, select the options as required. Keep the burning speed at the lowest rate to avoid write errors, although chances are rare.

33 Comments
  1. Can you please send me a link to the High Sierra download. I’ve been looking for thing everywhere.

  2. Nice write u.
    Please can I get the link to download the Mojave file?
    Thank you

  3. I install the virtual box 6.0.4 and i tired to install on it the mountain lion 10.8.3 .I have Mac OSX Mountain Lion DP4.DMG
    i wait a lot time and finally a message appear “can’t download the additional components needed to install os x.”
    can you help me Please …

  4. sir lzzz give me mac mojave dmg link in my mail thank you sir

  5. I have the Mojave.DMG and I am using a windows system. How do I create a bootable device for my husband to fix his macOS?

  6. Hi it is possible to get the download link to MAC os high sierra? My mac is not booting and I have to make an emergency start up disc. thanks

  7. Hello may I have the link for MacOS DMG for burning bootable DVD. My iMac failed to boot because internal hard disk is dead. Had already tried internet boot and time machine recovery on external HD but no luck. Tried also “Install OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5.dmg” from my friend to burn DVD but it is not bootable….. very frustrated…. please help!! Thanks in advance

  8. Can I please have the download link to Mac OS High Sierra? Also, you may be interested to know that some of the Mac OS X versions are not universal binary compatible. Thanks!

  9. mojave offline installer please…….version 10.14.1 if possible.
    thanks

  10. Hi I want to try the High Sierra and the Mojave OS.
    Thanks

  11. Please send me a download link to the High Sierra installer. My Mac’s harddrive is dead, and I only have a Windows

  12. Hallo,

    Bitte um High Sierra Link

    Danke

  13. Hi im looking for a copy of the full installer for High Sierra for a Clean install via recovery mode!
    Thank you!

  14. Hi would love to have High Sierra clean installer as DMG cuz I have to install it using external drive/flash drive.
    Is it applicable to install it in a macbook pro early 2011 via reboot mode? Or do I have to install Lion and then update? Thanks!

  15. Hi

    I would like to get macOS Mojave 10.14 ISO 64 bits
    Will it work if we dual-boot with windows ?

    thanks

  16. I need a .dmg file to make a bootable dual layer DVD of macOS High Sierra Installer.

  17. Where can I find macOS high sierra bootable format??? if u have please send me a link to download.
    I want to install that on my windows PC …..thanks

  18. Very informative guide! I’ve got a hand me down Imac with an OS that i cannot get into. Tried command line password changing but that failed. Wanna do a fresh install. Please send the download link to High Sierra. Thanks a bunch!

  19. Great guide!
    Please send me a download link to the High Sierra installer. My Mac’s harddrive is dead, and I only have a Windows machine at my disposal

  20. thank you my windows pc works for this to create bootable dvd or usb?

    • I’m 100% sure that it will work for you on macOS High Sierra. Only thing is you need to download the macOS in bootable DMG format.

  21. i left rely request but do not see it. yes have dead mac trying to install with usb drive due to white screen issue as it cannot boot from hard drive

    • You want me to send a macOS DMG link? You may create a bootable USB or DVD with it and restore your machine.

  22. Please send me Link to download macOS DMG as well. I deleted all of Partition. Thanks in advance. much appreciated.

  23. you have saved my mac I bought a used replacement HD turns out it was used on a Windows machine now I need to make it usable on my Mac
    Please send me a link and Thank You

  24. Could I possibly have the download link for the High Sierra – Offline Installer?

    Thanks in advance!

    Awesome and easy to understand guide!

  25. Hi, can you send me the download link to download the iso file to burn????
    its for my mac book pro i just installed a new hardrive in it

  26. version of High Sierra thanks

  27. please can you send me link for to download mac os x lion to put in dvd

    • We don’t have one, unfortunately. However, It is easily available in the internet. Just search Google for Mac OS X Mountain Lion DMG. There is a site called “Get Into PC” which offers a download link.

  28. Hi great guide guys

    I’ve been trying everywhere to get the offline version of High Sierra ..could you please let me know the One drive address ? Thanks

    SJ

    • We have sent the direct link to download macOS High Sierra DMG to your e-mail ID. Please check the spam folders if you coun’t find it.

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