HowTo: Pronounce Mac OS X

by on August 25, 2013 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED August 25, 2013

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I am a new Apple Macbook pro user. Is Mac OS X pronounced as "Mac OS E-X" or "Mac OS Ten"? How do you pronounce the Apple Mac os X? How do I find out OS X version using command line tool?

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DifficultyEasy (rss)
Root privilegesNo
RequirementsOS X
Estimated completion time2m
Short answer - The Apple Mac OS X is pronounced as "Mac OS Ten".

How do I find out the current OS X version?

Visit Apple menu > select "About This Mac" to see the current version:

Fig.01 OS X version

Fig.01 OS X version

From the Fig.01 the current version of Mac OS is "Mac OS Ten" dot eight. Where,

  1. Mac OS name - Mac OS Ten
  2. Major version - 10.8
  3. Update to major version - .4
  4. Pronounced as - "Mac OS Ten dot eight dot four" or "Mac OS Ten point eight point four"

Finding Mac OS X version from command line

To display Mac OS X operating system version information use sw_vars command. Open the Terminal and type the following command:


Sample outputs:

Fig.02: Finding Mac OS X version using sw_vers command line tool

Fig.02: Finding Mac OS X version using sw_vers command line tool

Say hello to 'say' command line tool

say is command line tool. It uses the Speech Synthesis manager to convert input text to audible speech and either play it through the sound output device chosen in System Preferences or save it to an AIFF file. Open the Terminal and type the following command:

say "Mac OS X"
say "Mac OS X .8.4"

The following command uses sw_vers as bash command line substitute to find out the current version and pronounce it using the say command:

say $(sw_vers -productName && sw_vers -productVersion | sed 's/10//')
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1 Marco August 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I think on the last WWDC, Apple drop the word Mac from the name of their operational system. Now it is just called OS X.


2 snowkatt January 31, 2015 at 5:22 pm

i call it os Ecks

calling it os 10 10.9 is redundant


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