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There are a number of posts that talk about CPU temperature. Is there a utility built in to Mac OSX that I can use to determine the current temperature of the CPU?

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While iStat Menus @Mark mentioned are no longer freeware, the iStat nano and iStat Pro Dashboard widgets are free.

I personally use iStat nano for my system monitoring needs. Here it is showing the temps it can read on my iMac:

iStat nano temps

If you hover over the widget, you can change the view. I usually have it running in "Overview" mode, which shows CPU, RAM, HDD*, fan*, temperature*, network* and uptime info.

*) user-configurable, e.g. which temp sensor's readings are displayed

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There are APIs that code can call. Various utilities have been written touse them. Ones I have used are

Temperature Monitor - free - there is also a Dashboard widget
iStat Menus - which now has to be paid for the old version was free

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I use smcFanControl which can tell the internal temp of your computer as well control the speed of the fan (in case you need to increase/decrease the speed manually).

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