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A system profiler is a program that can provide detailed information about the software installed and hardware attached to a computer. In Apple Computer's classic Mac OS, this was done by an application called ''Apple System Profiler'', and now macOS' profiler is simply called ''System Information''. This tag should be use whenever the question is regarding information about the ''System Information'' software or the "system_profiler" command line.

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Using system_profiler with English output on German macOS

For a macOS software that works with fonts on the bash shell I need information about the installed fonts. To get the font information I use system_profiler SPFontsDataType This works fine on an ...
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Does system_profiler have private information I shouldn't send?

A support website is asking me to run system_profiler and send them the resulting report. I looked at the output, and it is 62,654 lines long. It has a lot of information in it. Is any of it private ...
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From system_profile what does Kind mean

system_profiler SPApplicationsDataType provides a list of Applications that spotlight knows about. This is also available form the System Report in About this Mac One of the fields for each ...
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External Hard Drive is only recognized as a USB-device

When I plug in my WD Elements Hard Drive, it is only recognized as a USB3.0 connection (see image). I don't see any drive showing up in the Disk Utility, but I do see the USB showing up. Could this be ...
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Understanding the activity monitor of mac

I am trying to understand each field of activity monitor to understand my process usage. But I am not able to wrap my heads around few things. Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: ...
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macOS system report's installation does not list all software installations

I noticed not all my software installations appear in System report's installation history list. I understand any softwares install via homebrew won't be listed there but there were plenty of ...
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macOS 11: Get system information (GPU, resolution) programmatically (in C) [closed]

I need to access data about GPU and screen resolution in C, not using system_profiler, because it takes too long(.3s-.5s system_profiler SPDisplaysDataType), and needs greping and cutting, which is ...
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Activity Monitor and System Profiler won't report 32 bit apps

I'm trying to check which apps I am going to lose when I upgrade to Big Sur. According to numerous websites I should be able to do this via Activity Monitor or System Profiler. Activity monitor should ...
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Access 'About this Mac' before creating a user [duplicate]

I've wiped and reinstalled macOS in order to sell a 2017 MacBook Pro. Of course, I forgot to take a screenshot of 'About This Mac' to get all the specifics (all I need is the CPU variant). I've booted ...
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How can I remove duplicate and erroneous entries from System Profiler's list of "Installations"?

System Profiler ➞ Software ➞ Installations contains a list of every package you've installed on your machine. For various reasons, there is some software I've had to reinstall more than once, such as ...
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High System CPU on Sierra

I am seeing high system CPU on a Macbook Air and performance is hit but the list of processes does not show any obvious culprits. Can I get more details what is going on?
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In which macOS version was the -json flag/switch added in system_profiler?

Which version of macOS (OS X) first included -json switch in system_profiler?
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How to check originality of parts in a second hand Mac mini?

How can I check that all the parts in a Mac mini late 2014 are genuine or not? I have found that we can change the About this Mac details from system. How can I know that Details shown in About this ...
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Using the command-line / Terminal, is it possible to determine if this Mac has Touch ID or not?

I am trying to find a way, using the Terminal/command line, to determine if the Mac I am using has Touch ID or not. So far web searches have not turned up any answers. I would have thought that ...
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Different output for number of processors using system_profiler

When I'm executing the command system_profiler SPHardwareDataType, I'm getting the shell output below: Hardware: Hardware Overview: Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: ...
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How do I get readable system information at the command line?

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 ...
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Get System Profiler Information without a macOS Installation [duplicate]

I have a bunch of factory reset MacBooks. I want to know the CPU, memory and storage configuration for each of these machines. What is the fastest way to get this information without to go through the ...
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What data counts as "photos" or "movies"

When looking up how much data is left on my tiny MacBooks SSD (under "about this mac"/"storage" 1.74 GB are marked as photos, and 429.9 MB as movies, which is odd, considering that I intentionally ...
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Mac Pro Nvidia Graphics Displays Incorrect Resolution

I have a Mac Pro 5,1* with an Nvidia Quadro K1200 graphics card. Note that while this card is not officially supported by Apple, it works perfectly with Nvidia's graphics driver. The K1200 powers two ...
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Applescript Validating USB Stick - Matching serial and mount point

I want to be sure that the USB stick at 'usbMountPoint' is also the one with the matching 'usbSerialNumber' -- Get Mount Point of script's USB host tell application "Finder" try set ...
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Serial Number from Terminal

I am trying to find the serial number on my Mac through terminal, but am getting the error seen in the image below. If anyone can help me, that would be great, but I understand if you've never seen ...
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