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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion System 10.7
There's been a lot of talk lately how to get the OS X Lion Installer after you installed Lion. The main purpose of this may be to get the Installer dmg to create a bootable Installer disk, as described elsewhere. Many missed doing that before installation, me included.

But actually this hint will work to force download any purchase on the Mac App Store.

There's an easy method to force a download within the Mac App Store without any tinkering. It seems to be the official method, although I found no description of this in any of Apple's documentation.

So here's how to do it:
  • Open the Mac App Store.
  • Navigate to your Purchased page.
  • Hold down the Option key on your keyboard and click on your 'OS X Lion' purchase link (not on the 'installed' button).
  • You see the Lion product page. It should say 'Installed,' but that button is clickable. Hold down the Option key again and click on 'Installed.' If you don't hold the option key it will tell you there's already a newer version installed.
  • Enter your login credentials.
  • Download.
It's important to hold down the Option key twice. Once on the Purchased page, once on the Lion page. You also can't navigate to Lion directly, you need to open it from the purchases page. But if you follow this procedure you should find the Lion Installer within your Applications folder.

[crarko adds: I tried this with the Lion Installer and with TextWrangler, and it works as described. You will get the warning if you don't hold the Option key the second time. A handy thing to know.]
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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: n6smith on Aug 22, '11 07:46:00AM

Please note, this does not work if your version of Lion came pre-installed.. such as on one of the new Mac Mini 2011's.... You will get a message stating "This version of Mac OS X 10.7 cannot be installed on this computer"



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: morespace54 on Aug 22, '11 08:13:42AM
Nice to know, thanks!
But maybe this hint should be renamed "10.7: How to RE-download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion" because I'm pretty sure that when you buy and install an app for the first time, no matter what, the installer run by itself and install the app and then vanished (as in, there's no real way to get a complete copy "before" the first install). Of course, this doesn't apply to Lion (and possibly others apps) since Lion ask you if you want to do the install now, once the download is complete (thus giving you time to get a copy of the app), I might be wrong 'tho.

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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: maccast on Aug 22, '11 10:46:52AM

Ok, what am I missing. I just tried this with 3 different Apps (Reeder, Mac Tracker, and Skitch) and none of them seemed to work. Held option key while clicking the app link (not the "Installed") from the 'Purchased' tab and then held option while clicking the 'Installed' link on the App page. I also couldn't get the "error" message to appear if I didn't hold option on the second click.

Running OS X Lion 10.7.1 and App Store 1.1.1 (88)



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: DCJ001 on Aug 22, '11 06:10:13PM

The title of this hint is "How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion," not "How to download the Reeder, Mac Tracker, and Skitch Installers on Lion."



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: mstoebe on Aug 23, '11 01:24:42AM

same here.

I don't get an error-message and no app will re-download until I delete it. With other Apps I don't see a reason to do this since they are all self-contained but the Lion-Installer would come in handy for making an Install-Disc.

But besides: How would I know the App redownloaded??? It's allready in the Apps-Folder otherwise I wouldn't be a re-download...sooooo...?



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: mmnw on Aug 23, '11 01:37:02AM

This is weird indeed. It definitely works with the Lion Installer (if you purchased Lion on the App-Store).
It also worked with several Apps on my Mac, i.e. Text Wrangler (which is a Free App). But after you commented I tried with other Apps, and it didn't work. For example I tried the Xcode Installer, and couldn't re-download it.
I can't even see a system, which works and which doesn't. Should have checked that more thoroughly when I submitted the hint. I was too focused on the Lion installer.



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: mstoebe on Aug 23, '11 01:21:21AM

This does exactly what all the other hints for this topic do: NOTHING :(((

Why does it Apple make so hard to redownload this installer???



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: nova20 on Aug 23, '11 03:54:23AM

I had the same problem when I installed Lion on the first day of its release and found out the hard way that the installer is deleted after the installation is completed (Apple, that was not very user friendly).

Anyway, to get the Lion installer again, I simply booted on the Snow Leopard clone I made on another volume before installing Lion on my main partition (I hope everybody does this before updating to a new OS version). There I opened the App Store and went to the list of purchased apps. The Lion label was now "Install". I simply clicked on it, entered my password and an hour later I had the new Lion installer.

Then, I opened the installer's content to get the InstallESD.dmg and made a permanent installer on a USB stick, which I can use now to reinstall Lion whenever I need it.



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: michelle_eris on Aug 23, '11 07:37:52AM

I can't get this to work with any app, including the Lion installer. I option-click on the app's name or icon in the Purchased window and get the app's page. I then Option-click the Installed button and nothing happens. If I click on the Installed button, I don't get the alert; nothing happens.



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: derekJAB on Aug 23, '11 08:27:35AM

The same for me. Nothing happens.

Fortunately I saved a copy on my original download, which is just as well as it takes me about 8 hours on a good day.



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: maccast on Aug 23, '11 08:31:38AM

I also tried with the Lion Installer and that didn't work for me either. Not sure what the trick is, but there does seem to be some difference. I wonder if this has something to do with the newer Macbook Air (2011) or Mac Mini (2011) systems that run a slightly different version of OS X?



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: boomerhead on Aug 23, '11 08:49:20AM

Where does this get downloaded to? I was able to get it started downloading, but nothing shows up in Downloads or any cache folders I could find. It started to try to re-install Lion, so I just quit the install process. I imagine the installer is on the drive somewhere since I have 4.x some gigabytes less disk space. Any ideas?

Thanks!



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: cruisemate on Aug 23, '11 09:57:36AM

Under purchases it shows Lion as being installed, however when I click on the Lion link (using the option key) it then brings up the lion page and shows up with the $29.99 price tag again!
If I click on it (without the option key) it comes up as installed???



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: NBCGLX on Aug 23, '11 02:54:14PM

This isn't working for me, either. I Option+click on the link from the Purchased section of the App Store. I then Option+click on the word "installed" and nothing happens. I quite the App Store and went back in and now the "installed" button is showing the price of $29.99 and clicking on that button wants me to authorize the purchase!



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: n6smith on Aug 24, '11 07:18:34AM

Looking like you will get charged again for Lion.......

This can happen when one has also installed a 'cracked' version of a different piece of App Store software that was originally 'bought' using a different Apple ID. Usually, when you then click on the purchase button it will then ask for your Apple ID and if you enter your own ID (and PW) you won't get charged for the item you really did buy, in the case.. Lion.



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: NBCGLX on Aug 24, '11 07:30:52AM

I don't have any 'cracked' software on my computer and I'm logged into the App Store with the same Apple ID that was used to purchase the Lion upgrade.



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: AlainBob on Aug 23, '11 02:55:23PM

When I try this hint, there is something that doesn't work as written... The hint says that after I do an "Opt-Click" on the Lion link, I should get on the Lion web page (that's Ok) and see a button labeled "Installed"... and that's the problem. I see a button labeled 29.99$ !!! I don't want to purchase it again... so I stopped here.

I use a French keyboard so I tried with "Cmd-click" and "Ctrl-click" on the Lion link but it doesn't work...



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion.
Authored by: 1p2r3 on Aug 23, '11 10:48:06PM

Where does this get downloaded to? That is, from where can I use and move the Lion Installer file?

Thank You



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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: macshome on Aug 24, '11 08:40:26AM
If you want to redownload one of the hardware specific builds of Lion you can do that via the recovery partition.

We've written the process up here on AFP548.com.
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http://www.afp548.com
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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: Sven G on Aug 25, '11 11:20:39AM

It worked as described for me; the "Install Mac OS X Lion" app (of almost 4 GB) is downloaded to the main /Applications folder.



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