Usage

Introduction

Particulars displays system information about your Mac. It shows computer name, model name, serial number, CPU/SoC, RAM, GPU, OS version, Server version, current user, uptime, disk space, and network configuration. It can be used in 3 modes: on your desktop, as a Today Extension, or at the command line.

Particulars provides up-to-date information and dynamically changes when your system changes. For instance, if you switch Wi-Fi networks, Particulars shows the new network configuration immediately.

Particulars runs on macOS Mojave 10.14 or later.

On the desktop

Running the Particulars application will show system information on your desktop. Particulars does not replace your desktop background image and is responsive to changes in your screen or space layout.

First run

On first run, Particulars presents a welcome window. Clicking Continue in this window hides your other apps to show you Particulars on your desktop. Particulars' preferences are then displayed.

Typical usage

In typical usage, after Particulars is launched, it will display system information on the desktop and simply wait for you to refer to it when necessary. The quickest way to see Particulars in typical usage is to use the Show Desktop feature of Mission Control.

Copying system information

Particulars can copy system information, either all information or individual pieces, to the clipboard. Copying can be found either in the Particulars application menu, the Dock icon menu, the menu bar item, or in the utility menu of the Preferences window if the Dock icon is hidden.

Preferences

When the Hide dock icon preference is set, the standard means of displaying preferences (Particulars menu->Preferences) is not available.

To display preferences while the Dock icon is hidden, either:

Today Extension (Widget)

Particulars provides a today extension, otherwise known as a widget, which is shown in Notification Center.

To install:

  1. Open Notification Center
  2. Click Today at the top
  3. Click Edit at the bottom
  4. Drag Particulars from the list of Items on the right, to the desired position in the widgets on the left.
  5. Click Done

Preferences

Preferences for the Today Extension are revealed by clicking the Info button in the top right of the widget. They are dismissed by clicking Done. See the Preferences documentation for more information on the settings available.

Compatibility Note

macOS Big Sur 11 does not support Today Extensions.

Command-line interface

Particulars provides a command-line interface (CLI) for use in terminal applications and scripts. To learn more, read the command-line help.

Differences between Intel and Apple Silicon

In 2020, Apple started transitioning the Mac from Intel CPUs to Apple Silicon. Apple Silicon chips have CPU, GPU, and RAM in one chip package. When running on Apple Silicon versus Intel, Particulars has the following differences:

Currently, Particulars has the following limitations when running on Apple Silicon:

These limitations are expected to be addressed in future releases of Particulars.


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