I have a MacBook Pro that's in bad shape. It was dropped on its corner.

The internal display is totally dead, and even connecting to an external monitor produces a distorted and unusable image.

The MacBook Pro is still file sharing though and I can connect to it from my iMac.

Any way to run System Profiler over the LAN?

1 Answer 1


If you can ssh into the Mac, you can run system_profiler from the command line.

system_profiler SPSoftwareDataType SPHardwareDataType will get you general information. You can get all sorts of information by using different switches.

For more info, type man system_profiler.

  • Thank you. I figured as much. The "Remote Login" option in System Preferences > Sharing must be disabled, unfortunately. Commented Jan 23, 2023 at 21:39

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .