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macOS - Check for updates from Terminal and how to install these updates

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Sometimes (rarely) you'd like to see if there are any updates available for your Mac from Terminal, but how can you do this from Terminal?

Well this should do the trick to list pending updates (the "-l" is a lowercae "L"):

softwareupdate -l


You can install by listed name, but this can be quite cumbersome:

softwareupdate --install 'macOS some long named Supplemental Update-'

But you can also have it check for updates, have the updates downloaded and the installed with:

softwareupdate -i -a


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