What the project is for
The script called osxapp_vers finds the product name, the complete product version and build version in a
Install*OS X*.app package, in a
Install macOS*.app package or in a mounted CD/DVD image called
Mac OS X Install * and prints the info out like the macOS's /usr/bin/sw_vers does for an installed macOS product.
The idea for this has been described at my blog.
What are the system requirements
Install macOS Mojave.app,
Install macOS High Sierra.app,
Install macOS Sierra.app,
Install OS X El Capitan.app,
Install OS X Yosemite.app,
Install OS X Mavericks.app,
Install OS X Mountain Lion.app, or
Install Mac OS X Lion.appfrom the Apple App Store (1st public version or any update release) or on a bootable macOS install media that has been created by Apple's
- Alternatively, a mounted Mac OS X Install CD/DVD image such as
Mac OS X Install DVD,
Mac OS X Install CDor
Mac OS X Install Disk
- At least Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) in order to run the script
How to configure and install it
Download the osxapp_vers file from GitHub to a folder of your choice and set execute permissions.
$ chmod +x ./osxapp_vers
In order to bypass a check that prevents the script from investigating an unknown macOS release, you can set the NOCHECK environment variable.
$ export NOCHECK=1
In order to see details from the mount actions and additional messages, you can enable debug output by exporting the DEBUG environment variable. Usually there is no need to do that.
$ export DEBUG=/dev/stdout
If you want to disable debug mode, enter
$ export DEBUG=
Examples of how to use it or get it running
By default, if you don't specify any program parameters, the script reads all
/Applications/Install*OS X*.app, all
/Applications/Install macOS X*.app and all
/Volumes/Mac OS X Install * and prints out product name, product version and build version for each OS X that those installers are loaded with.
$ ./osxapp_vers /Applications/Install Mac OS X Lion.app: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.7.5 BuildVersion: 11G63 /Applications/Install OS X Mavericks.app: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.9.4 BuildVersion: 13E28 /Applications/Install OS X Mountain Lion.app: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.8.5 BuildVersion: 12F45 /Applications/Install OS X Yosemite.app: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.10.2 BuildVersion: 14C109 /Applications/Install OS X El Capitan.app: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.11.5 BuildVersion: 15F34 /Applications/Install macOS Sierra.app: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.12 BuildVersion: 16A323 /Applications/Install macOS High Sierra.app: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.13 BuildVersion: 17A365 /Applications/Install macOS Mojave.app: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.14 BuildVersion: 18A391 /Volumes/Mac OS X Install DVD: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.5 BuildVersion: 9A581
If you specify program parameters, the script prints out product name, product version and build version for each Install OS X .app folder that you have specified.
$ ./osxapp_vers '/Applications/Install OS X Mavericks.app' /Applications/Install OS X Mavericks.app: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.9.4 BuildVersion: 13E28
If you have created a bootable OS X install media with
createinstallmedia (that command line tool is provided by Apple as part of the OS X installer starting with Mavericks), you could also find out the version of OS X version that is on the install media by specifying the path to the .app folder.
./osxapp_vers '/Volumes/Install OS X Mavericks/Install OS X Mavericks.app/' /Volumes/Install OS X Mavericks/Install OS X Mavericks.app/: ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.9.2 BuildVersion: 13C64
The license that the project is offered under is the Apache 2.0 license.