Name

softwareupdate — system software update tool

Synopsis

softwareupdate command [args ...]

Description

Software Update checks for new and updated versions of your software based on information about your computer and current software.

Invoke softwareupdate by specifying a command followed by zero or more args.

softwareupdate requires admin authentication for all commands except --list. If you run softwareupdate as a normal admin user, you will be prompted for a password where required. Alternatively, you can run softwareupdate as root and avoid all further authentication prompts.

The following commands are available:

−l | −-list

List all available updates.

−i | −-install

Each update specified by args is downloaded and installed. args can be one of the following:

-r | --recommended

All updates that are recommended for your system. These are prefixed with a * character in the --list output.

-a | --all

All updates that are applicable to your system, including those non-recommended ones, which are prefixed with a - character in the --list output. (Non-recommended updates are uncommon in any case.)

item ...

One or more specified updates. The --list output shows the item names you can specify here, prefixed by the * or - characters. See EXAMPLES.

−d | −-download

Each update specified by args is downloaded but not installed. The values of args are the same as for the --install command. Updates downloaded with --download can be subsequently installed with --install, or through the App Store (as long as they remain applicable to your system). Updates are downloaded to /Library/Updates, but are not designed to be installed by double-clicking the packages in that directory: always use --install or the App Store to actually perform the install.

−-ignore identifier ...

Manages the per-machine list of ignored updates. The identifier is the first part of the item name (before the dash and version number) that is shown by --list. See EXAMPLES.

−-reset-ignored

Clears the per-machine list of ignored updates.

−-schedule on | off

Manages the per-machine automatic (background) check preference.

−h | −-help

Print command usage.

Examples

The following examples are shown as given to the shell:

softwareupdate --list

Software Update Tool
Copyright 2002-2012 Apple Inc.

Finding available software
Software Update found the following new or updated software:
* MacBookAirEFIUpdate2.4-2.4
MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update (2.4), 3817K [recommended] [restart]
* ProAppsQTCodecs-1.0
ProApps QuickTime codecs (1.0), 968K [recommended]
* JavaForOSX-1.0
Java for OS X 2012-005 (1.0), 65288K [recommended]

sudo softwareupdate --install JavaForOSX-1.0

Software Update Tool
Copyright 2002-2012 Apple Inc.

Finding available software

Downloading Java for OS X 2012-005
Downloaded Java for OS X 2012-005
Installing Java for OS X 2012-005
Done with Java for OS X 2012-005
Done.

sudo softwareupdate --ignore JavaForOSX

Ignored updates:
(JavaForOSX)

sudo softwareupdate --schedule

Automatic check is on

Mac OS September 11, 2012 Mac OS