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Thu, Mar 06, 2014 10:43 pm

Using sw_vers to obtain OS X version

On a MAC OS X system, you can obtain information on the operating system version from a command line interface, e.g. from a terminal session, which you can get by running the Terminal program in Applications/Utilities, by using the sw_vers command.
$ sw_vers
ProductName:	Mac OS X
ProductVersion:	10.8.3
BuildVersion:	12D78

If you are only interested in the ProductName, ProductVersion , or BuildVersion, you can specify arguments that will restrict the output to just that informaton.

$ sw_vers -productName
Mac OS X
$ sw_vers -productVersion
10.8.3
$ sw_vers -buildVersion
12D78

You can also get the OS X version number using the system_profiler command.

$ system_profiler SPSoftwareDataType | grep "System Version"
      System Version: OS X 10.8.3 (12D78)

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