Capturing Status on the Command Line

macOS ships with a tool called softwareupdate to scan, list, download, and install updates. If you're comfortable with typing in commands, you can see if recommended updates are available:

$ sudo softwareupdate -l

The message No updates are available. will print at the end.

Capturing Status from the App Store

You can check for updates from the App Store. From the Apple menu () click on App Store, followed by Updates on the top row. You should see the message No Updates Available.

MacOS Updates in App Store

Installing Updates on the Command Line

You can install updates from the command line using the softwareupdate tool. To install recommended updates with progress indication run:

$ sudo softwareupdate -ir --verbose

Installing Updates from the App Store

You can install updates from the App Store. From the Apple menu () click on App Store, followed by Updates on the top row. You can install individual updates by clicking Install or install all updates by clicking Install All.

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