Report system hardware and software configuration.
Syntax system_profiler [-usage] system_profiler [-listDataTypes] system_profiler [-xml] dataType1 ... dataTypeN system_profiler [-xml] [-detailLevel level] Key: -xml Generate a report in XML format. If the XML report is redirected to a file with a ".spx" suffix that file can be opened with System Profiler.app. -listDataTypes List the available datatypes. -detailLevel level The level of detail for the report: mini report with no personal information basic basic hardware and network information full all available information -usage Print usage info and examples.
system_profiler is a replacement for /usr/sbin/AppleSystemProfiler.
Generate a text report with the standard detail level.
Generate a report of all 32 bit software and save to a text file on the desktop:
$ system_profiler SPApplicationsDataType | grep -B 6 -A 2 "(Intel): No" > ~/Desktop/non64bit.txt
Generate a short report containing no personal information.
$ system_profiler -detailLevel mini
Show a list of the available data types.
$ system_profiler -listDataTypes
Generate a text report containing only software and network data.
$ system_profiler SPSoftwareDataType SPNetworkDataType
Create an XML file which can be opened by System Profiler.app
$ system_profiler -xml > MyReport.spx
“Why a four-year-old child could understand this report...
Run out and find me a four-year-old child. I can't make head nor tail out of it” - Groucho Marx
Related macOS commands:
serverinfo - Server information.
uname - Print the Darwin OS Kernel version / release / machine name.
w_vers - Print macOS operating system version.
who - Print who is currently logged in.