Outlook.com / Hotmail IMAP setup on OSX Mail

Outlook.com (Hotmail) setup with IMAP in the Apple OSX Mail App.

By default if you want to access your Outlook.com / Hotmail or MSN email account in the OSX Mail app you had to do it with POP. Using POP is not ideal as it simply downloads the massage from the Outlook servers. You can not organise your email and sync changes back to Outlook, and between devices such as your desktop pc, laptop and mobile. Although not as good as Exchange Active Sync which is supported by most smartphone and Outlook 2013 on Windows, Mac OSX users can now use IMAP to sync mail to OSX.

Outlook.com IMAP settings:

Incoming IMAP
Server: imap-mail.outlook.com
Server port: 993
Encryption: SSL

Outgoing SMTP
Server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
Server port: 587
Encryption: TLS

Setting up OSX Mail using IMAP for Outlook.com:

Open Mac Mail, from the File menu, choose Add Account then enter your Hotmail, Outlook or MSN email address and password, finally clicking continue.

Hotmail / Outlook IMAP setup on OSX

The account type you need to select is IMAP, you can enter anything you like for the description.

The username is [email protected], your password is the password you usually use to sign in to outlook.com unless you have two factor authentication enabled. If you do have two factor authentication enabled you will need to create a unique password for the OSX Mailapp which i will show you how to do below.

Hotmail / Outlook IMAP setup on OSX

For users with two-step verification enabled you must log in to http://account.live.com/ and create a new app password. This app password is what you will use in the OSX Email client, not your actual password.

Hotmail / Outlook IMAP setup on OSX

For incoming mail security tick the Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and the authentication type is password:

Hotmail / Outlook IMAP setup on OSX

For outgoing mail security tick the Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and the authentication type is password:

Hotmail / Outlook IMAP setup on OSX

When you click continue your account should be setup and working in the OSX Mail app, as can be seen below:

Hotmail / Outlook IMAP setup on OSX

Any changes you make to your inbox will be reflected on other devices your email account is setup on.

That it, you should hopefully be able to access your Outlook.com email account on OSX using an actual email client and not the webmail interface.

Obtain OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion InstallESD.dmg From Macbook Air / Pro / Retina


I own a Macbook Air and wanted to extract an OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion InstallESD.dmg from the Air. However as OS X 0.8 Mountain Lion came installed on my Macbook Air i could not obtain the InstallESD.dmg from the App Store.

So i needed some way to obtain the InstallESD.dmg, this would allow me to burn it to disc (if my Air had a DVD drive) create an installable USB stick for OSX or simply create an ISO so i can burn the install DVD on Windows.

It turns out you can extract a full OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion install disc from your Macbook Air / Pro quite easily. I found some old instructions on Macworld aimed at doing the same for OSX Lion on a Macbook Pro also worked for OSX Mountain Lion on my Macbook Air.

Here is how i obtained my InstallESD.dmg From my Macbook Air:

1. Open the Terminal, and type this command to list all partitions on your hard drive or SSD:

diskutil list


2. Look for ‘Recovery HD’ in the list, and note its identifier. It will be something of the form diskXsY, where X and Y are numeric digits, for me the identifier was disk0s3

3. Type the following command to mount the recovery HD:

diskutil mount readOnly /dev/[identifier]

4. Replace [identifier] above with the identifier you obtained from step 2. So on my machine, I typed:

diskutil mount readOnly /dev/disk0s3


Your identifier could be different

5. The disk image inside the recovery HD is invisible, so use the Terminal to mount that too:

hdiutil attach “/Volumes/Recovery HD/com.apple.recovery.boot/BaseSystem.dmg”


6. Now, from the newly mounted Mac OS X Base System image, double-click the ‘Install Mac OS X Mountain Lion’ application at the root of the disk.


7. Go through the license agreement. Once it asks you for a disk to install on, choose the external drive or spare partition. For this i used a 16gb USB memory stick.


8. Enter your admin password when prompted, and the installer will start downloading.


When the download has finished the installer will re boot your Mac, so we need to stop it from doing this.

MacWorld had the following tip:

Open an old-style (non-autosaving) application that still uses the traditional Save, Save As…, etc. commands in the File menu (I used TextWrangler) and make a new unsaved document, and type a few things in it. This will give you a little insurance against the installer rebooting the system, since the app won’t let the system reboot until you respond to its message asking whether you want to save the document or not.

I just kept an eye on it and force closed it before the timer counted to 0.

9. Once the file finishes downloading, the installer will extract the InstallESD.dmg image from it and delete the package. This will be fine as long as you don’t let the app restart your machine. Once the installer finishes download and prompts you to restart your Mac, force-quit it. Do this quickly, as it may automatically reboot for you after a 30 timeout period (although if you’ve got an unsaved document open, you should be able to prevent that).

10. If we look at the USB drive we told OSX to save the data to you should see an OS X Install Data folder


11. Open the OS X Install Data folder and you will find an InstallESD.dmg


12. This is your full OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion install disc, you can burn it to a DVD, image it to a USB flash drive to create a USB installation disc or use dmg2iso to convert the DMG to an ISO which can be burned by a popular image burning application, such as ImgBurn on Windows. The ISO can be used on Esxi, VmWare and so on if you decide to convert the DMG to an ISO.

13. The end result is your choice of installation media for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, I wanted to obtain an ISO so i could install OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on my VmWare Esxi Server. As you can see OSX 10.8.3 was downloaded, as 10.8.4 was only released a few days ago i imagine eventually you should be able to get an up to date install dmg by doing this.