How To Download The Canon EOS Utility If You Lose Your Installation CD [Mac]

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canon eos utilityLosing the software CD accompanying your brand new camera is way to easy to do. The exhilaration of cracking open that brand new toy tends to overpower the thought of “well, maybe I will need that software later…”

Such is the case with Canon cameras, and if you have a Mac, you’ll know that you’ll need the Canon EOS Utility if you ever want to use your DSLR camera via USB. Fortunately for you, I found a quick trick to download that little app from the Canon website. It’s really easy to do, and so easy, in fact, that I wonder “why don’t they just make the app available directly from the site?”

Download The Proper File

Go ahead and open the Canon Support & Driver section of Canon’s site in another tab or window. In the product type section, make sure you’re on the the EOS Digital SLR option. After that, scroll through and find your model of camera.

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Click where it says “Drivers & Software” near your model, and you’ll be whisked away to a magical land where the native people greet you with the question of “what is your operating system and version?” Naturally, you should click select the Mac option, and you’ll be provided all versions of OSX. Canon has every single EOS Utility update since the dawn of time, so you’ll be able to find exactly what you need.

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After this, click the Software drop-down menu, and select the latest EOS Utility updater for Mac. After agreeing to a bunch of stuff you didn’t read, go ahead and open/extract your download. Now we can get to the fun part.

Dig Through The File

When you open your download (a .dmg file), you’ll see an app called UpdateInstaller. What you need to do is drag it onto your desktop. After that, open its context menu and click Show Package Contents. Next, click the Contents folder in the next window, and within that, open the Resources folder.

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Within this folder, you’ll find something called SDI.bundle. Just like before, open its context menu and click Show Package Contents. You’ll see yet another Contents folder that leads to a Resources folder, so click through them.

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Within the Resources folder will be a file called “update.plist”. What you need to do with it is simply throw it away! Now close the mess of folders that you just opened, and run the UpdateInstaller from your desktop. It should open just like any other app installer and actually give you the full EOS Utility. Now, you can be like all the other kids on your block who use this software! Good job, buckaroo.

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Bear in mind that I used this with my model of camera (Canon 60D), but based on what I have seen by other Canon users, the trick should work fairly well with everyone else out there. Furthermore, this seems to work on all updater versions, so you shouldn’t have a problem regardless of when you lost your CD.

What do you use the EOS Utility for? Have you lost the accompanying software CD for any gadgets you recently bought?

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Comments (118)
  • Paul Carpentier

    (I am paulrmc from post above – now logged on though Google)


    Check out the post by Micha Merchelski above. I’ve just checked it out on my iMac running Yosemite (10.10.5) and it works fine indeed. Follow the steps carefully: you first download the OLDER installer for OS X 10.7 (it’s called for me, living in Belgium), follow the steps as I outlined in my paulrmc post above. That works fine without throwing errors. Then download the most recent installer ( for me) and run it. It will detect the previously installed software just fine and update it. Bingo, newest version!

    Please report your findings here so we can confirm. Thanks!

    • Michael Schutz

      I was getting errors on Yosemite 10.10.5 – file is damaged. When I only deleted Info.datx and left the _CodeSignature folder intact, as suggested by Chris Blay below, then it worked (using 2.13.40 – the installer for 10.5).

  • Amir Rauf

    @Byrn Forbes. It worked. Thanks!!

  • Petri

    I’m sorry Canon, but I really have to update the firmware for my 700D, so I need to find the way to get the EOS utility when I have no idea where my CD is.

    For Windows you just need to create the registry hive:

    And then run the “euw2.14.20-updater.exe” with admin credentials. I must sign-in with admin account, the “run as” was not enough :?

    • Bryn Forbes

      to clarify the above since the spacing isn’t working in my browser, using regedit.exe you navigate

      and then right click and create a new key and name it: EOS Utility
      which will look look another subfolder in the registry tree
      then run the canon eos utility updater
      warning! editing your registry is dangerous, don’t do this if you don’t know what you’re doing! don’t try other random changes!

    • Amir Rauf

      it worked

    • Geoff Goldsmith

      PERFECT. Thanks Bryn! (as a side note, if the Canon Key is not there, add that first – I didnt have anything)

  • bobby circle

    @paulrmc: i love you. thank you.

  • paulrmc

    Here’s what I found out after some experimenting: I have an EOS 70d, a MacBook Pro Retina 15″ (2012) and OS X 10.10.3 (latest beta) a.k.a. Yosemite. The EOS Utility Updater file (that you definitely need to drag to the desktop so it becomes modifiable) is called The steps are even easier now.
    – right-click on the app and “Show Package Contents”: you’ll see a single folder “Contents”
    – open that folder and inside of it simply delete the folder called “_CodeSignature” (if you don’t the app will complain that it’s damaged and won’t launch)
    – now go inside the folder “Resources” and delete the file “Info.datx”
    – close everything up again
    – launch the app – Bingo!

    • John Ericsson

      thanks for the tutorial. Can’t fint the .bundle.file though. Trying to do this for my Canon 6D on Macbook pro retina using Yosemite. Also did what paulrms suggested but get message that the file is damaged after deleting “_CodeSignature” and “Info.datx”.

      Some genius out there that can help me out? ;D

    • Darren Hawk

      I'm having the same problem. Maybe because it's version 14.20 now? dang it.

    • Chris Blay

      Only Delete “Info.datx” (works for me on Yosemite 10.10.4)

    • Micha? Merchelski

      With the newest version (14.20) the above method does not work. I found a solution to the problem!

      My spec: MacBook Air 13″ (2014) with Yosemite

      Steps how to solve the problem:
      – on Canon’s website choose your camera
      – choose Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) as your operating system
      – download the 2.14.0 verision of the EOS Utility Updater
      – follow the steps mentioned in paulrmc’s comment above
      – download and launch the newest updater
      – enjoy the newest version of EOS Utility :)

    • Manas Tiwari

      Couldn’t find the sdi.bundle as mentioned in the article for my 600D. Your method though, worked like magic! Thanks!!

    • Julia Bass

      this worked perfectly!

    • Kevin Geary

      This is not working for me on OSX Yosemite. Deleting “_CodeSignature” throws the package error when launching the updater.

      Why does Canon protect this program like it’s the CIA or something? Especially considering no new Macs even have a CD drive…

      Has anyone figured this out on Yosemite?

    • Paul Carpentier

      Kevin, please see my post of Sept 18 – somehow it didn’t show up as a reply to yours. — paulrmc

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