Is there a built-in way to find out the temperature of my Macbook Pro?

  • I don't know about built-in, but iStat Menus is a menu bar app that includes that info. iStat Nano and iStat Pro are dashboard widgets that also include this information.
    – Arc676
    Jan 25 '15 at 2:00
  • 3rd party is the only way to go in this situation
    – soulshined
    Jan 25 '15 at 2:56
  • here is a Terminal + app combo apple.stackexchange.com/a/54332/46541
    – Ruskes
    Jan 25 '15 at 3:42

OS X does not offer this functionality. smcFanControl and the iStat widgets are the typical go-to choices for this issue. I personally use smcFanControl. It gives me both the temperature and the ability to monitor fan operation.

  • NOTE: iStat Pro isn't available from Bjango any more, but this MacRumors thread has download links for patched versions. You may have to scroll around a bit to find the most recent version, but it's free (always has been, no piracy here) and IMO is overall better than Menus even though it's not supported.
    – JMY1000
    Feb 19 '16 at 19:41


This one on python has auto-update && colors built-in and can be installed with a simple curl or wget command if requirements are already met.


  • python >= 2.6 or >= 3.3 (tested with version 2.6, 2.7, 3.3, 3.4)
  • psutil >= 2.0.0
  • setuptools

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