Posting in case someone else needs to know how to do this
So there are three terminal commands I’ve found that outputs your serial number of Mac OS X. One is SUPER slow and takes about 30+seconds to return a value which freezes your app. But found two that are instantaneous:
$ ioreg -l | grep IOPlatformSerialNumber
$ system_profiler SPHardwareDataType | grep Serial
Both return a value like so:
$ system_profiler SPHardwareDataType | grep Serial // returns " Serial Number (system): XX_YOUR_SERIAL#_XX"
So use ofSystem() to get this value and parse it:
string macSerial = ofSystem( "system_profiler SPHardwareDataType | grep Serial" ); int startIndex = macSerial.find_last_of( " " ) + 1; int endIndex = macSerial.size() - 1 - startIndex; macSerial = macSerial.substr( startIndex, endIndex ); cout << macSerial << endl; // XX_YOUR_SERIAL#_XX
I don’t have access to a PC right now but I’ll update this post with how to do this on PC unless someone else beats me to it. Thanks!