How to Find Build Number and Version of Mac OS X

Apple allots a unique build number to each copy of its OS X. Though average users will never need to know the build number of their framework, pro users and developers may require it for various purposes. For example, the build number speaks to the changes made in system software.

If that’s the case with you, here we have a couple of snappy approaches to find the build number of OS X system software installed on any Mac.

How to Find Build Number and Version of Mac OS XFind OS X Build Number from About This Mac

This is the least difficult and most recommended way to get a build version number of OS X. Follow the steps listed in the rundown below.

Step #1. From the Apple menu, click on About This Mac.

Click on About This MacStep #2. Under the major Mac release name is the system software version number.

Click on OS X VersionStep #3. Click on it to reveal the build number.

View OS X Build Number on MacAs soon as you click the version number, you’ll see the build number of your system software enclosed in parenthesis. In the About This Mac panel, you can get further details that you might need to know. Have a go at exploring!

Find Build Number of OS X from Command Line

The command line offers quite a few ways to get the build number. Today we’re going to use the simplest command which is called “software version.” Upon utilization, it will reveal the essential system information and the build number version as well. Here it is.


Type sw_vers Mac OS X Command LineAfter you use the above command, you’ll get these three details: the product name, the product version and the build number. Your output may look similar to the one displayed below.

ProductName: Mac OS X
ProductVersion: 10.10.4
BuildVersion: XXXXXX

View OS X Build Number on Mac from Command LineAlternately, you can go for a variation of the system_profiler command. Here we’ll be using SPSoftwareDataType for the proper string. In this case the syntax would look as below.

system_profiler SPSoftwareDataType

Type System Profiler Command in Mac OS XThis time your output will look like this.

System Version: OS X 10.10.2 (XXXXXX)
Kernel Version: Darwin 14.1.0
Boot Volume: Macintosh HD
Boot Mode: Normal
Computer Name: JIGNESH’s Mac
User Name: JIGNESH PADHIYAR (jigneshpadhiyar)
Secure Virtual Memory: Enabled
Time since boot: 2:13

System Profiler Command in Mac OS XThe command line is not for kids, and you know it! So take the approach that suits you, and you’ll ultimately end up with the build number. Have confusions? Shout off in the comments.

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