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I'm using High Sierra. I often have to copy & paste system information in a email or in a forum message. For this reason, I'd like a simple and easy way to get info on my operating system and my hardware at the command line. Currently I use

$ system_profiler > foo.txt

and then I search into foo.txt for the information I need. However, the process is incredibly slow, and not very automatic. Is there a better way? I only need OS, SDD/RAM & chipset info - I couldn't care less about sound or Firewalls, for example.

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    You can check data types by listing them with system_profiler -listDataTypes and then use them to get specific info. For example to get info about SDD, you run system_profiler SPSerialATADataType – Mateusz Szlosek Feb 5 at 21:14
  • very interesting, but system_profiler SPSerialATADataType doesn't return anything on my Mac. Are you sure this is the SDD info? – DeltaIV Feb 5 at 21:18
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    It works on mine. Please check other data types to find what you need. – Mateusz Szlosek Feb 5 at 21:20
  • system_profiler SPHardwareDataType gives me chipset & RAM info, and system_profiler SPSoftwareDataType gives me OS info. It's weird I can't get SDD info, but that's the least important of the three. If you write an answer like system_profiler SPHardwareDataType SPSoftwareDataType > foo.txt I'll accept it, otherwise I'll write one myself and accept my answer. – DeltaIV Feb 5 at 21:25
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You can check data types by listing them with system_profiler -listDataTypes and then use them to get specific info. For example to get info about chipset & RAM run system_profiler SPHardwareDataType.

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