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Is there a command I can use just to get the hard disk temperature in the terminal?

Is this possible without a third party app?

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Unfortunately you won't be able to do this without a third party app. However, if you're happy to use a third party software it is possible to get the temperature in terminal.

You need to use temperature monitor, which is a free application and provides a command line option. The ins and outs of using the software may be a bit much to go into here, but you can find all the instructions here.

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Thanks, I appreciate it. –  Jack Stewart Aug 6 '12 at 3:08

You could try Smartmontools (S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring Tools) which has a command-line app. Most (if not all?) hard drives will report their temperature in the S.M.A.R.T. report.

There's also a native GUI SMARTReporter app which lets you perform certain actions based on temperature, if that's what you're after (and also happens to include the smartctl command-line binary — though if you're just after the binary you should, as a rule, get it from the "original" developers, just to be safe!).

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iStat Menus shows a lot of detailed information about the running state of the system, including all temperature sensors.

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He wants something without third party app. –  revolver Jul 7 '13 at 6:13

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