Apple has announced that with the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the operating system will be available only via download from the Mac App Store. Past versions of the Mac OS X operating system have always been available for purchase on a bootable DVD. To create your own bootable DVD disc using your own blank DVD, follow the instructions below.

1) Purchase and download Lion from the Mac App Store on any Lion compatible Mac running Snow Leopard.


2) Right click on “Mac OS X Lion” installer and choose the option to “Show Package Contents”

Show Package Contents


3) Inside the Contents folder, you will find a SharedSupport folder and inside the SharedSupport folder you will find the InstallESD.dmg. This is the 10.7 Lion boot disc image.



4) Copy InstallESD.dmg to another folder like the Desktop.  To do so, simply click and drag the file to the desired location while holding down the Option key.


5) Launch Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities).


6) Click the Burn button in the upper left corner of the Disk Utility window.  Select the disk image InstallESD.dmg and click the Burn button.  A burn dialog will appear.  Insert a blank 4.7GB DVD and click the Burn button.

Burn Lion Bootable Installer


To boot from the DVD, simply insert the disc and hold down the Option key while your Mac is booting up. A screen will appear asking you which volume you would like to boot the system from. Click on the OS X installer DVD and the system will boot using the disc.


  1. David Grieve

    Latest installer 10.7.3 does not have option to show package contents—Am I doing something wrong?

    • Inc.

      Right-clicking or Control-Clicking on any application should give you the option to Show Package contents as all applications are made up of multiple files within an application package, not just a single file.

  2. Alan Barker

    OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) is too large to burn onto a standard 4.7Gb DVD, so use a Double Layer (DL) DVD instead and it should burn OK.

  3. Piesia Piesinska

    First, thanks for the great posts (I used this post and the install on usb stick post)!

    I created a bootable dvd using 10.8.4′s Install ESD, extracted from the Install DMG as outlined above: however the created DVD (although showing as bootable in Disk Utility) won’t boot.

    I could boot normally into 10.6.8 and then run the install program on the created dvd to install 10.8.4 on a usb stick, but I can’t boot the dvd (holding down either C or the option key) on any of the macbook pros (5,3 or 6,2) that I’ve tried.

    I burned it as suggested in diskutility, except I burned onto a phillips DVD+R DL (dual layer) disk. Does anyone know why the image won’t boot? Edit: when I try to use a DVD+R (single layer) disk, disk utility says that the media does not have enough space for the image.

    thanks very much!


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