How can I find out more about the hardware inside my Mac?
While there’s the classic
Apple menu -> About This Mac -> System Report, a terminal based alternative is the
You can use a list of queryable types like so:
> system_profiler -listDataTypes Available Datatypes: SPParallelATADataType SPUniversalAccessDataType [...]
Once you’ve found one or more types, you’re interested in then just append it after the command like so:
system_profiler <type1> <type2>
Let’s see how it looks in action:
> system_profiler SPPowerDataType Power: Battery Information: Model Information: Manufacturer: DSY Device Name: bq20z451 Pack Lot Code: 0 PCB Lot Code: 0 Firmware Version: 1002 Hardware Revision: 1 Cell Revision: 2400 Charge Information: Fully Charged: No Charging: Yes Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 4569 State of Charge (%): 74 Health Information: Cycle Count: 81 Condition: Normal
This is just an excerpt of what is otherwise a whole bunch of information.
Particularly interesting is the
SPAirPortDataType which can be queried to see a list of SSIDs in the environment.