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Probably because OSX uses different naming conventions for devices files and because OSX uses Core Audio audio subsystem (not ALSA or OSS) there are no devices such as:


So, where are audio devices file in OSX?

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Can you give some examples of the kinds of audio device files you wish to locate? Are you asking about Audio Unit, VST, or LADSPA files, for example? – user9290 Apr 6 '12 at 8:28
Or are you asking about drivers for specific hardware or peripherals? – user9290 Apr 8 '12 at 12:36
I've asked about device files for audio devices in OSX. I ment device files as described here . Question was not about drives or some specific hardware. – Alex Bolotov Apr 8 '12 at 15:14
@OleksandrBolotov, What are you asking? The first sentence of the wikipedia article reads: In Unix-like operating systems, a device file or special file is an interface for a device driver that appears in a file system as if it were an ordinary file.. Then you state that your question is not about that; it's a complete contradiction. I realize that your English is not perfect, so maybe you can't exactly translate what you might be trying to say [?]. – l'L'l Apr 8 '12 at 22:45
I just wanted to know what does OSX have instead of /dev/dsp and I don't know how to ask it better. I don't know who down-voted your questions but that wasn't me. – Alex Bolotov Apr 9 '12 at 1:22
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According to the Mac OS X Developer Library:

The Audio family does not export device interfaces for applications to access audio hardware directly. However, it does provide a device interface that the Audio Hardware Abstraction Layer (Audio HAL) uses to access drivers derived from the Audio family.

So I guess you need to find more information on "Audio HAL"

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Here are some suggestions.

If you are talking about Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) devices, then the path is


By default there is one bundle there: on my Mac iSightAudio.driver, is the driver for the built-in webcam.

Other devices may use Kernel Extensions; bundles that end in .kext, are located in:

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OPs question is about the visibility of devices as streams in a hardware/driver independent way in /dev or /devices or similar. – David M W Powers Nov 8 '15 at 2:49

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