OS X El Capitan

Developer: Apple

Current Version: 10.11.6

Last Updated: 8 months ago

Download Size: 6.2 GB - Download


OS X El Capitan, the latest version of the Mac operating system, builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design introduced in OS X Yosemite, refining the experience and improving performance in lots of ways that you’ll enjoy everyday. 

Make the most of your screen with Split View.
• Focus on two apps at once – neatly arranged side by side — in full screen without distractions.

Take control of your desktop with Mission Control.
• View all your open windows in a single layer with no overlap, so you can instantly find that window you’re looking for.
• Create a new desktop space easily by dragging a window to the top of your screen.

Smarter search in Spotlight.
• Search for weather, stocks, sports, web video, and transit information right in Spotlight.
• Use your own words to search for files on your Mac, like “Documents I edited yesterday.”
• Resize the Spotlight window and move it anywhere on the screen.

Handy improvements in Mail.
• Use your trackpad to manage your inbox with a swipe, just like on iPhone. Swipe right to mark as read or unread, or swipe left to delete.
• Mail automatically suggests contacts and events from your messages to help you keep your Contacts and Calendar organized.
• An improved full-screen view lets you switch between your inbox and your draft email messages.

A simple and powerful all-new Notes app.
• Format your notes with titles, paragraph headings, bullets, numbers, and checklists.
• Save rich content like photos, videos, documents, PDFs, web links, and map locations.
• Easily search and browse the content from all your notes in the Attachments Browser.
• Add content to a note directly from other OS X apps using the Share menu.
• Create notes on your Mac and they’ll automatically sync to your iOS devices using iCloud. 

New ways to organize and enhance your images in Photos.
• Photos automatically organizes your library and helps you edit like a pro with simple and powerful editing tools.
• Access your library on all your devices with iCloud Photo Library.
• Add or edit location data, and batch change titles, descriptions, and keywords.
• Sort your albums and the photos in them by date, title, and more.
• Use third-party editing extensions to take your photo editing to the next level. 

Better surfing in Safari.
• Keep your favorite websites open, up to date, and easily accessible with Pinned Sites.
• Choose a font and theme for Reader, including Sepia and Night themes.
• Mute web page audio from the Smart Search field. 

Maps, now with Transit view.
• See transit lines and stations for select cities, including subway, train, bus, and ferry routes.
• Plan your trip based on when you want to leave or arrive.
• Research your trip on your Mac and share it to your iPhone or iPad for use on the go.

New fonts.
• Designed for Retina displays, beautiful system font San Francisco is crisp, clear and space efficient. 
• PingFang (苹方), the new Chinese system font, is designed for crisp readability in both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.
• Hiragana Sans, the Japanese system font, now features additional weights.
• Four new Japanese fonts let you add a personal touch to documents and presentations.

Improved input methods for Chinese and Japanese.
• Type Chinese more quickly with an improved character prediction engine and a smarter candidate window.
• Write multiple Chinese characters using the trackpad and the new, roomier Trackpad window.
• Live conversion automatically transforms Hiragana into written Japanese as you type.

Faster graphics with Metal.
• Enjoy faster, more efficient system-level graphics rendering.
• Experience a richer, more immersive gaming experience.
• Create content more quickly with accelerated high-performance apps.

Snappier performance for everyday tasks.
• Launch apps and switch between them more quickly.
• Access email and render PDFs more quickly.


Release Notes:

The OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 10.11.6
Review by RickAlbert

Forced To Upgrade And Compoletely Shocked!!!! - I’ve been running Mountain LIon for ages, I think many of us have had bad experiences regarding upgrades and such, so , no need to go into specifics. Recently, Logic Pro X was upgraded, and it was only available to users who have upgraded to El Capitan. I held back for a few months, for, I have such fear upgrading, I’ve had horrific experiences in the past. I called tech support and discussed it with them, I did a Time Machine back up as advised, and off I went. Fearing the worst, I was expecting to go back to my Time Machine backup, I am completely shocked to find that my computer was actually running better than before, I figured lets wait awhile, I dont trust this. Now it’s close to a month, and I am still completely in disbelief, it’s like I have a new machine. All the glitches I’ve been living with for so very long are gone, and there are absolutely no hiccups/problems in anyway. Now my machine is running like a new machine, I cant believe it. I would recommend doing a Time Machine backup without question, I am completely blown away with how smooth and seamless this upgrade went for me, and how well my machine is working.

Found helpful by 206 out of 229 people
Version 10.11.5
Review by kurosh

DO NOT UPGRADE - Slow, Print drivers may not work, Lots of Spinning Balls of Death - It is May 2016 - I upgraded because I was sent a file in Pages that could only be opened in the newest version. Not thinking, I upgraded to El Capitan and downloaded the newer versions of the office suite programs. And lo and behold, it has bricked my Okidata printer. I didn’t think to check if the printer (an expensive one) was supported. It isn’t. And there’s no easy way to return to the original Yosemite because it’s no longer offered in the app store. Not only that - El Capitan is slow - you get spinning balls all of the time, and the interface is cartoonish. And the search box? Not improved - slower and returns really bogus results even a week after the upgrade. Sometimes Apple fixes what is not broken and breaks it. HATE THIS VERSION of OS X. But now stuck with it. Keeping older software intact on my laptops which run better than this. Don’t upgrade if you don’t have to.

Found helpful by 174 out of 196 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 10.11.6
Review by oki doc

Downloaded El Capitan 2 days ago and Safari slowed down - Since I’ve downloaded El Capitan, I kept getting pop ups to update Java. So I updated Java and no more pop ups. Now I noticed that Safari has slowed down and I keep seeing the rainbow colored pinwheel spinning and spinning. Apple we need to update the update.

Found helpful by 9 out of 11 people
Version 10.11.6
Review by jdf in Atlanta GA

Will not download - I just get a spinning wheel in upper left of window dressing. I not others are having the same problem. Apple, wake up! That was a few days ago. Still can’t download!!!!!

Found helpful by 9 out of 12 people
Version 10.11.6
Review by Ja Gold

It’s great. Really. Best OSX yet. - It’s great. Really. Best OSX yet. Im on a 2009 17in Mac, and obviously was reluctant to upgrade because I though all it would break all my software and run like turtle. But no, nothing blew up, everything works great. Had a Wacom driver issue (had to install older version of it to work with El Capitan, go figure) and had to purchase 1 app update ($8.99). Everything is zippy. Zbrush works great. Do it.

Found helpful by 9 out of 15 people
Version 10.11.6
Review by PeretteのRochester

Alright, but not superb - El Capitan is workable, but it is not the rock-solid, implicitly trustable operating system that Snow Leopard and Mavericks were. The upgrade from Mavericks went straightforward and most data seems intact. Applications lost their recently-used files list, a few lost other settings. My network-based TimeMachine backup needs to start a new backup set and throw away the old ones, but it’s done that from time to time before so nothing new. El Capitan seems to occupy somewhat more disk space. But, there was no disastrous data loss, stability has been good with uptime now over a week, no panics and applications behaving stable. Contacts has the odd behavior of not being able to keep up with my typing, and characters appear slightly after being typed, even when the system’s not busy. I find it curious though harmless, with a feel reminiscent of being on a busy time sharing system. I have not noticed this in other applications or dialogs. It replaced iPhoto with Photos, which has folders for organization which are handy. Photos rescanned library images with improved facial recognition, chewing CPU in the background the first time I ran it. On the downside, the relationship between years, collection and moments is vague in the UI; it required about 45 minutes of Googling and tinkering to figure out how to switch between them. (Hint: it’s what looks like back and forward buttons in the upper left.) Photos also lost “Show in finder”, requiring exporting files much of the time—for example, to upload it somewhere with Safari. For applications that will accept an image by dragging it to the app icon, it’ll do the export automatically using a temporary file and open it. But, this follows the recent pattern of making things easy for common users while creating extra work for those doing anything unusual. Several iOS inspired behaviors reduce what could be a ‘friendly and helpful’ app to ‘usable, with effort’. With the update to 10.11.6, it broke subscriptions in Calendar. Refreshing produced a message in system.log about ‘Validation error: Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=1570 "subscriptionInfo is a required value.”’. Deleting all calendars and re-adding them fixed the issue. Along the way I noticed some quirks and limitations, like changing subscription colors isn’t immediately reflected in the calendar, and you can’t reorder subscribed calendars. A few weeks in, iCloud started prompting me for my iCloud password on login, which it had insisted I change at some point. But it wouldn’t remember the new one. A suggestion from the ‘net was to turn of iCloud for all applications, close system preferences, then turn them back on. After turning them off, the preferences would no longer open, instead crashing with an illegal instruction. I was able to fix that by removing some files with the command line, again from a ‘net suggestion. The System Preferences/App Store pane allows for automatic updates, check but get approval before updates, or disable update checks. There is unfortunately no way to ignore an individual application update, so when daily reminders to upgrade iWork got annoying after a few days and I shut the checks off. (Despite being iCloud-enabled and iOS-compatible, the new edition is not as capable and does not meet my needs.) Renaming files from a window title bar is still an area for improvement. Having simple and advance modes, which applications would remember (similar to the save-as dialog), would be a vast improvement. The longer I use it, the more I find little problems and bugs, signs that the entropy is creeping in. While there are a few enhancements that are very nice and enticement not to revert to Mavericks (yet), the trend leaves me worried for future releases: if the quirks continue to accumulate, will future editions of MacOS eventually become untrustworthy and unusable?

Found helpful by 9 out of 11 people
Version 10.11.6
Review by Thinkinpix

Won’t Shut Down after El Capitan…worst decision ever - Not only don’t many of my drivers work for my printer and my scanner, which worked fine under Yosemite, and are not offered updates to work with El Capitan by the manufacturers, but now my MAC won’t shut down. I find many posts by other people having the same situation, but no solutions from Apple. I was urged to update because my Notes on my MAC stopped syncing with my Notes on the cloud, not to mention this annoying thing when I’m typing that adds spaces in between words - usually only in email, but occassionally like here (before the word cloud). So tech support urged me to update. Big mistake. BIG! Hoping someone from Apple reads this and offers a solution. Please!

Found helpful by 9 out of 9 people