The following assumes that the Recovery HD has the same version of macOS installed on the Macintosh HD for the accuracy of OS version information.
If you boot the Mac to Recovery Mode, you can access System Information from Terminal using the following command, e.g.:
You might what to minimize the output and use and of the following options:
- -listDataTypes - Lists the available datatypes.
- -detailLevel level - Specifies the level of detail for the report:
- mini - Report with no personal information.
- basic - Basic hardware and network information.
- full - All available information.
To get just a Hardware: report, use:
/Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/usr/sbin/system_profiler SPHardwareDataType
On my system the outout of the above command was:
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro10,1
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 8 MB
Memory: 16 GB
Boot ROM Version: MBP101.00EE.B12
SMC Version (system): 2.3f36
Serial Number (system): <Information omitted for security reasons.>
Hardware UUID: <Information omitted for security reasons.>
To boot to the Recovery HD, press CommandR when booting the Mac. See also About macOS Recovery
Also, have a look at the manual page for
If you want to just get information for some of the
-listDataTypes listed, you can add each on the command line, e.g.:
/Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/usr/sbin/system_profiler SPHardwareDataType SPSoftwareDataType
system_profiler command can be run directly from single-user mode, by pressing CommandS when booting the Mac, without having to provide the fully qualified pathname, however depending on how much information you want from
system_profiler, you may need to pipe the output to
less, etc., as scrolling in single-user mode is not as easy as from Terminal when booted to the Recovery HD.
That said, if all you want is the basic output shown under Hardware: and Software: from using the
system_profiler command, then use the following command in single-user mode:
system_profiler SPHardwareDataType SPSoftwareDataType
Note that the software info from single-user mode is that which is install on the Macintosh HD, unlike from the Recovery HD it's that of the OS X Base System and while it should be the same, it may not. The hardware info is accurate in either case.