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

Joshua Lockhart 15-05-2012

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Such is the case with Canon cameras Check Out VFX Studio, The Most Fun Photo Editor I've Ever Used [iOS] There are plenty of photo editing and sharing applications on iOS. There are apps to make you fat, apps to make you look like a zombie and apps that will give your picture that hipster... Read More , 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 Start Shooting With These 4 DSLR Video Tutorial Sites Recently, I covered a little bit of DSLR video for those of you stepping out to see the low-cost solution to production. My focus has been on helping those who don't necessarily do much video... Read More 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 From The Default iPhone Camera To The Better ProCamera For Serious Shutterbugs For the last several weeks, I've downloaded over a dozen camera and video apps for the iPhone, and though each has something unique to offer, I was particularly interested in finding the most practical camera... Read More .

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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 Add Song Lyrics To iTunes With TuneTEXT [Mac] One of the benefits of the Internet is being able to locate song lyrics in a matter of seconds. Who doesn't like singing along with an artist from time to time? Well, with Apple's iTunes,... Read More 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 Take Gmail Offline With The Offline Google Mail App [Chrome] Offline Google Mail for Chrome allows you to use Gmail without an Internet connection. Read, search, and send emails – all offline. When you do connect to the Internet, Offline Google Mail synchronizes with your... Read More . 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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  1. Krystal
    December 26, 2016 at 11:00 am

    For the EOS 7D I tried this but there was no SDI.bundle in the resources folder...
    Thanks anyway, just thought you might like to know...

  2. Parker
    December 4, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Want a much easier way?

    Plug camera into computer using a USB cable compatible with your camera

    Open Image Capture. Click on Camera in upper left corner. The images and video files on the card will appear as thumbnails on the right of the application. Click on the ones you want to import. Create a folder for where you want to store the media. Click import. Done.

    You don't need to install any software or additional drivers and it's disturbing a person taking the time and expertise to construct this web thread doesn't know this.

    • jackson
      December 7, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      eos utility has additional functionality such as naming files a certain way which can be very convenient

  3. AJ
    May 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm


    I have a Canon 60D, Macbook Pro late 2013 running OSX 10.11.4 El Capitan. You will need you camera serial number located under your camera as the canon website asks you for it when you download the file I’m going to mention.

    i figured this out by not being able to find the .datx file during the other method.

    1. Go to the website where you download the drivers etc and under the Drivers & Downloads heading, select Operating System: OS X Lion v10.7. (if you can’t see anything when you select the OSX click on the button that says Software.

    2. Find and select EOS Digital Solution Disk Software 29.0a for Mac OS X (for users who cannot use the bundled CD). Accept the terms and download. ( this is were you are prompted to enter your cameral serial number thats located under your camera.
    Back to the Operating System header, select OSX El Capitan v10.11 (assuming you’re on v10.11). Select EOS Utility 2.14.20a Updater for Mac OS X. Agree the terms and download.

    3. The fun part. Unzip and uninstall both downloads and put them on your desktop or you can leave them in the downloads folder after you unzip them.

    4. Open the EOS Solution Disk 29.0A. select your country and select custom installation. un-tick everything else except for EOS Utility 2. (You can install the other ones if you want them, I didn’t)

    5. After Install Completes, Install eum2.14.20a updater .
    You are done! Any questions or if you’re stuck contact me on Twitter @WhoAj

    • sharae
      May 14, 2016 at 9:40 am

      they don't ask me to enter a serial number so when I download and try to install its say enter the cd

    • Parker
      December 4, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Why not just use the Image Capture application native to the Mac OS?

  4. Kyrre
    February 27, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I have an EOS 60D, a MacBook Pro 15 inch (mid 2012) and OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

    Here is how I installed the utility updater without the original CD:

    - download the utility updater for 10.7 Lion «»

    - unzip the file and mount the .dmg file

    - drag the EU2.14.0X_updater file to the desktop

    - right-click on the app and “Show Package Contents”

    - open folder “Contents”

    - open folder “Resources”

    - delete the file “Info.datx”

    - close all folders

    - Install the EU2.14.0X_updater from the desktop

    - download the latest utility updater (for El Capitan it’s

    - unzip the file and mount the .dmg file

    - install without altering the package

    You are good to go!

    • Nich
      March 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you a lot! Worked as a Charm! I've instaled the ''70D'' version, although I suppose all of them are the same thing! Thank you mate!

    • Do
      April 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks!, worked like a charm after I realized you specifically said to download the Lion version first!

    • AJ
      May 3, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      i couldnt find the info datx file in the file i downloaded

    • Luke
      June 2, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Ahhhhhhhhh this is awesome! It's the only thing that worked for me, thanks. I don't have the CD, the sticker that had my serial number sticker came off, so couldn't work out other ways. Big thanks!

    • Chase
      August 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      It won't let me delete the info.datx file?

    • Linda
      September 30, 2016 at 3:57 am

      THANK YOU SO MUCH! I did the same thing OS X El Capitan. And it worked! I'm not a techie person at all and I was going nuts looking for that CD.

    • Parker
      December 4, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Why not just use Image Capture native to the Mac OS?

  5. Ashley
    February 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm
  6. sam
    January 31, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Sorry to disappoint, but your link to Canon no longer exists in their directory.

  7. Jim
    January 25, 2016 at 5:23 am

    update list cannot be deleted

  8. Kenji
    December 19, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Can´t manage to do it on El Capitan 10.11, anyone manage to fix this problem? Thank you.

    • Kenji
      December 19, 2015 at 5:26 am

      It is for the EOS Rebel T3i if that matters.


      • NKM
        January 1, 2016 at 2:22 am

        Hello there - I struggled the same with T5. Finally found out that
        - EOS Digital Solution Disk Software 29.1A for Mac OS X (For users who cannot use the bundled CD) option is available under the same website where you download the EOS updater files..Just do a custom installation and just select EOS Utility. Thats good enough and with my Yosemite 10.10 and canon Rebel T5..i am good.

        • adrianna
          January 4, 2016 at 4:57 am

          Where did you find the custom installation? Do you have a link? Thanks

        • AJ
          May 3, 2016 at 1:08 pm

          hey did you manage to do it ?

    • Parker
      December 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Just use the Image Capture application native to the MAC OS.

  9. Anonymous
    November 3, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Hey all.... I have tried every which way to get this to work for me, but no avail. I have a MacBook Pro with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. I have a Canon 20D. Have tried downloading the files the way @paulrmc suggested (from Canon, under Software for the 70D), modified them, and had no luck.

    Any thoughts? My brother gave me the camera and no CD.....


    • Parker
      December 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Just capture your images using Image Capture, an application native to the MAC OS.

  10. Anonymous
    October 19, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Following the steps... Can't seem to find the SDI.bundle file. Any ideas on how to fix this?

  11. Anonymous
    September 18, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    (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!

    • Anonymous
      October 8, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      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).

  12. Anonymous
    June 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    @Byrn Forbes. It worked. Thanks!!

  13. Petri
    April 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    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 :?

    • Anonymous
      June 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      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!

      • Anonymous
        June 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm

        it worked

      • Anonymous
        September 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm

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

      • Fred
        December 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

        Still works in 2018 Windows 10.

    • tatum
      November 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Thaaaaaaaaank you.

  14. bobby circle
    April 2, 2015 at 1:16 am

    @paulrmc: i love you. thank you.

  15. paulrmc
    March 27, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    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
      April 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      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
      June 2, 2015 at 1:41 am

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

      • Anonymous
        August 11, 2015 at 3:05 am

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

    • Anonymous
      June 10, 2015 at 8:29 am

      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 :)

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2015 at 9:07 am

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

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      this worked perfectly!

    • Anonymous
      September 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      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?

      • Anonymous
        September 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm

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

    • Diego Fitti
      November 23, 2015 at 12:20 am

      Hello, Paul!

      You helped a lot but there's one thing I can't do: delete the folder or the file.
      When I tried to do it there was a error message "The item can't be moved to the trash because it can't be deleted".

      Could you tell me how did you delete the file?


      • Anonymous
        November 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

        Hi Diego!

        Did you drag the package file to the desktop (or other writable location)? That's necessary in order to modify it. Inside of the mounted image file is is read only, just like a mounted CD. Just tell me, we'll find an answer!

        • Diego Fitti
          November 23, 2015 at 11:32 am

          That's perfect!
          I didn't drag the package to the desktop. I was so dumb. Heheheh

          thanks for help me.
          Best regards.

    • Jess
      January 21, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      yay thank you this worked!! :) :)

  16. rob
    January 6, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    You sir, are a legend! :)


  17. Anonymous
    January 3, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    This helped me a lot for the future. Thank you very much!

  18. gabriel
    November 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

    This was so helpful. Thank you.

  19. Maddox
    November 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Many thanks, I think all the people who say it won't let you delete the file did what i did initially and moved the folder not the file to desktop. When i did this it let me delete the file. I should learn to read. ;)

  20. Simo
    November 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    thx a lot brother

  21. Michael
    October 27, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I was having trouble as the new versions of the EOS software aren't setup the same way. So, I downloaded the 10.5 version, followed the instructions (including dragging to the desktop) then installed the newest version. It is working perfectly for me on a rMBP with 10.8.

    Thanks for the tip!

  22. J
    October 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for the tip on updating the Canon EOS Utility: the disc that I just received was over one year old and would not run on my iMac. There was a difference btwn your directions and the updater--once Canon's updater was on the desktop, I just had to run it and not delve into the other processes in order for it to run on my OS.

    Thanks again!

  23. MonkeyMB
    October 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    IT WORKS! Just did this for a Mac OS Snow Leopard and was successful.
    Two tricks:
    Download the older update (2011)
    Newer updates don't have the SDI.bundle folder
    Drag the update installer directly onto the desk top
    This allows you to delete the “update.plist”

    • KP
      November 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      THIS IS KEY!

  24. Nico
    October 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Hey Josh

    I dragged the software on my desktop, but when I try to launch it, I get (translated from french) something like : impossible to find the software to update. Insert the CD rom supplied with the canon product then click "launch the search on the CD"

    My first thought was that Canon found a way to prevent your finding, but I don't know much about all this stuff. Anyway so I'm in a bit of a deadlock here... Couldn't find any similar case in the comments... Thanks for your help

    (5d mark II - OS 10. 6. 8)

  25. arne
    October 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I get to first resources folder, but then i do not see the SDI.bundle. searching with spotlight also doesn't find it, nor setting the hidden files to visible.
    what to do? i have brand new mbp retina mountain lion & canon 5d mark ii and no prev. installed canon software.

  26. Thomas
    October 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks a lot Joshua and Jules ! :D
    Your methods combined do work perfectly for me (Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 7D)

  27. Sam
    October 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you!!!!, worked amazing with the walk through, thanks for taking your time to do this. peace.

  28. Fredrik
    October 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I have Canon EOS 600D but it's not listed on that site. Should I just download for 60D?

  29. Daniele Barsanti
    September 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    THANK YOUUUUUUUU!!!!! You are my hero!!!!

    • Jay
      October 31, 2012 at 3:30 am

      also my hero - thought we were doomed to viewing the camera images on the teeny tiny camera lcd ><


  30. REAL6
    September 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Canon is such a pain in the ass not offering the software for it's customers online.

    I followed this but one problem. I don't have the SDI.bundle icon. What would be the next step?

    I'm running 2.0.3 on the canon 7D and on a macbook pro 10.6 osx.

    Also from EU2.11.4X_updater.

    Thanks :)

    • REAL6
      September 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Haaaaha nevermind. Found an old method in the comments. Thanks anyway :)

  31. doug
    September 26, 2012 at 2:47 am

    dude this is fantasmic orgasmic superbmic. thank you soooo much!!!

  32. Natália
    September 23, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Tkssssss great

  33. MJ
    September 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Followed your steps but cant find the "SDI.bundle." on the resources folder.
    I am using a MAC OX10.7 and D50 camera


    • MJ
      September 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      After reading all posts found a solution. MUCH APPRECIATED FOR SHARING.

  34. Israel Brewster
    September 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Looks like this only works with the 2.10.x series of updates. The 2.11.x updaters have a different file structure lacking the update plist file mentioned.

  35. Finn
    September 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Amazing! Thank you.

    • Peter
      September 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you, Joshua!
      I was going crazy trying to reinstall the utility and the Canon site is just useless.
      Btw, I use a Canon 5D and run OSX 10.5.8, and your method worked perfectly.

  36. Andrew Smith
    September 8, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I was having tons of problems with this. I have OS X 10.5.8, and a 450D/XSi. Finally figured it out. Instead of downloading the version specific to OS 10.5, I just went with the generic OS X, and downloaded about the third most recent version of the installer. Worked without a hitch! Thanks so much!

  37. Mick
    September 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Cheers! & Thanks for the others that expanded on how to do it if you are on lion. Lion users delete the Info.datx, its the update.plist equivalent.

  38. Juls
    September 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I cant believe its so easy. Im gonna try, and i tell you how it works with my 7d

  39. Per
    September 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    There is not "update.plist" in the Resources folder for EOS Utility 2.11.4 updater (Mac 10.7.4)

  40. Michael
    August 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm


  41. Clay Beach
    August 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Ok I have the 5D MKII and Canon has updated the installer package so if you use the 211.4x version follow the same instructions as listed except just open resources and find the info.datx file and then you are good to go!

  42. Tulaga Whitcombe
    August 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    For those of you who don't have the update.plist file, delete the file called Info.datx it should work after that. Lion MBP Retina

    • Steven McDougall
      September 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Thanks that worked with Rebel XSi EOS 450D and latest software

    • Steven McDougall
      September 1, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Both methods work with all available software

  43. Bernard Wood
    August 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Matt with the link to the older software you are a legend been looking for that all day couldn't find it anywhere thanks champ.

    Just did it with that file and then updated to the latest version on OS Mountain lion thanks again.

  44. ko
    August 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Simply Amazing . Thanks sooo much!

  45. lisa
    August 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    when I get into Resources folder there is no file called update.plist ..
    also 60d.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      August 10, 2012 at 4:54 am

      Hi Lisa,

      I have looked, but I am just not sure what to tell you. It seems to be a variable issue that may not have anything to do with the software itself – just the computer. I would recommend using Answers. I really wish I could help.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      August 10, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Correction! Try what Matt did, and maybe an older version will work.

      • Tabitha
        August 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        I have a Rebel Xti. I tried all the things mentioned, none work. In The utility is not an option unless you go back to OSx, and even then it doesn't work. (It doesn't allow me to throw away the update.plist--it says it can't be thrown away). 'Digital photo professional' has the utility stuff but when downloaded it doesn't let you into it to find the folder you mentioned. Any ideas?

  46. Jason Stewart
    August 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Thanks! I have a 450D and it didn't have it on the list so I used the 60D one and took the older update of the two on there (As the latest one didn't have the corresponding folders..) and it worked.

  47. Chuck
    August 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I attempted this on an older MB running Snow Leopard, for my Rebel t3i.

    I could NOT find a file titled "update.plist". There was only an "info.plist" and a "region.plist". I even tried to download the older version of the updater, still no "update.plist".

    When I tried to delete "info.plist", of course it would not let me open the installer. And yes, I first moved the installer onto my desktop. Please advise


    • Mark
      August 10, 2012 at 2:43 am

      Exact same situation here.

      • Joshua Lockhart
        August 10, 2012 at 4:55 am

        Try an older version.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      August 10, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Try using an older version, Chuck. We had a commenter who may have figured it out.

  48. Matt
    July 27, 2012 at 2:26 am

    This just worked for me but there is a ne utility updater which does not work with these directions. You have to download an older one that he used here:

    Worked like a charm for me

    • Joshua Lockhart
      August 10, 2012 at 4:56 am

      Thanks, Matt!

  49. Jules
    July 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    if you have any problems with lion/mountain lion its because they deleted the sdi bundle resource in the newer versions. instead, say that your os is 10.5, follow this process and have the old eos utility installed. then download the recent updater and have it update the older version you've just installed. worked perfectly for me :D

    • Nick
      August 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Tried doing this, have to an older version installed, but it's insistant that I have the CD in order to update it. :(

    • Joshua Lockhart
      August 10, 2012 at 4:56 am

      Thanks, Jules! I've been racking my brain. Just couldn't figure it out.

  50. B6431
    July 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This is genius. Thanks.

  51. ed_cw
    July 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I'm not seeing the SDI.bundle in my resources folder. I'm a Rebel T1i. Any ideas?

  52. Kevin
    July 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    YOU ROCK!!!! Thank you soooo much for this. I lost my 20d CD and am trying to tether to my Mac running Lion. I have no idea why Canon would make it so hard to get the utility, or even just the drivers to make it connect.

  53. Keith
    July 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    trying this on a mbp 2012, running lion, I do not see the sdi.bundle I'm using the 7D updater. this is crazy you can't download the file directly from Canon, my disk is cracked (physically lol) Grrrr! and yes its on the desktop ;o)

  54. Darren
    July 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    You, sir, are a legend. Thanks so much!!!

    • Rob
      July 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      any word on the windows/pc version the installer cannot be broken up even with winrar.

      • Joshua Lockhart
        August 10, 2012 at 4:57 am

        No idea on the Windows, version. I'm a Mac, so I'm not entirely sure. Good luck, though.

      • Joshua Lockhart
        August 10, 2012 at 4:58 am

        Comma splices are amazing. As a matter of fact, I get paid to make them.

        (Sorry. I can't edit the above comment and delete the unnecessary comment... Woops.)

      • Joshua Lockhart
        August 10, 2012 at 4:59 am

        Comma. Wow.

  55. Ray
    July 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    thank you sosososo much!

  56. Dana
    July 12, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I was so happy to find your article, but sad now as the EOS utility updater doesn't seem to be in the list on the canon site. aargh I have a new computer and misplaced the disk. ( The put 10.6 on the old computer just to shoot)

  57. Kay
    July 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks so much for this. Didn't bring the disk on vacay but want to shoot some birds at the feeder. This is perfect. Picked up a cable at Dollar Tree and am good to go!

  58. Michael Graf
    July 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Sweet! nice easy to follow instructions

  59. Neil
    July 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I struggled momentarily with this until I realised you have to drag the CD/arrow icon out of the mounted image onto the desktop, then follow the instructions. The main image above is a bit misleading as it shows the mounted image folder before the installer is dragged to desktop....

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

      "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."

      First thing I wrote!

  60. Olga
    June 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Man, you're my hero. I have a Macbook Air so the Canon CD is useless for me.

    Thank you very very much.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 4, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Totally didn't even think about the Macbook Air not letting this happen... Kind of ridiculous, eh?

      • sophie
        November 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        i have a macbook air 2012 11 inch running 10.8.2 and a canon EOS 20d. This did not work for me. When I drag the installer to my desktop and than try to open it - it says that it cannot find a bunch of software or original cd and to insert a new cd rom. Help ...please !~

  61. laura
    June 27, 2012 at 12:18 am

    this just saved my life, THANK YOU

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 4, 2012 at 8:55 am

      : )

  62. Charles
    June 26, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Thank you for these instructions. :D

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 4, 2012 at 8:56 am

      Sure thing, Charles.

  63. bb
    June 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    camera: 5d mark ii
    os: snow leopard
    downloaded eos utility updater.
    can't find update.plist. even searched manually in all the folders.

    what to do?

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      I'm not entirely sure. It should definitely be there. I didn't have a single problem with Snow Leopard.

      • bb
        June 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        well, iphoto will have to do for now, then :)

        tnx anyway.

        • Joshua Lockhart
          July 4, 2012 at 8:56 am

          Did you open the dmg file on your desktop?

    • Tulaga Whitcombe
      August 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      For those of you who don't have the update.plist file, delete the file called Info.datx it should work after that.

      Lion MBP Retina

      • John
        August 15, 2012 at 3:35 am

        worked for me! lion mbp rebel xti

      • Hannu
        August 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        Thank you!!!

      • Liz B
        August 22, 2012 at 3:47 am

        I worried for a second but this solved it for me thank you! I dropped my laptop a few months ago and today realized my cd rom bit the dust

      • Ivan
        August 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        Thank you so much! This had been killing me! So helpful. Lion IMac, Rebel t3i

      • Nate
        August 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        This tip saved the day for me w/ Lion. Muchas gracias.

      • Andy
        September 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

        info.datx did the trick for me, thanks save me load of time

        • dade
          September 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm

          thanks, that worked on a MBPR latest software as of date.

      • Gaurav Sharma
        September 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

        Thanks for sharing this!

  64. alexander
    June 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    this does not work for mac os lion if you do not already have the canon software installed. the downloaded updater will not run as it requires a detectable eos driver on hard drive or installed cd and there is no canon driver for Lion available for download that i can find.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Alexander.

    • Charles
      June 26, 2012 at 3:44 am

      this just work on my MBP with Lion OSX.

  65. Steve
    May 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I tried to install the Canon EOS Utility but it will not let me delete the "update.plist" so I could not finish your instructions and the install. I am trying to teather my Rebel T1i to my mac running 10.7

    • Mkaams
      June 26, 2012 at 4:42 am

      Same here. I have 10.5.8 and cannot delete the update.plist. Any additional help would be appreciated

      • Joshua Lockhart
        July 1, 2012 at 7:05 am

        Hi Mkaams. I've not been able to find a reason why it wouldn't work. It may be possible that in between now and later camera models that things have changed, but I would be lying if I said I knew the answer.

        Try posting on MUO answers. Maybe that will help.

      • Joshua Lockhart
        July 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

        Try dragging the UpdateInstaller to your desktop?

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Steve. Did you drag the UpdateInstaller to your desktop?

  66. rene duus
    May 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I can't throw the file away, ore change the name ore anything. the mac say it's "protected"(don't know what it's called in english)
    What to do?

    • J. Lockhart
      May 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Did you drag the installer to your desktop?

      • Steve
        May 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm


        • Joshua Lockhart
          May 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

          Hm... Rebel T1i... Try MakeUseOf answers, because this is the only way that I know to do it. Really odd.

  67. Joe
    May 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    thanks a ton

  68. Stacey
    May 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm


  69. Dan
    May 15, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Anyone know of a way to do this for the windows version?

    • J. Lockhart
      May 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

      No. But. I shall look.