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An Apple System Management Controller (SMC) library & command line tool in Swift for Intel based Macs. The library works by talking to the AppleSMC.kext (kernel extension), the private driver for the SMC. Read temperature sensors, get and set fan speed (RPM), and more.
- For an example usage of this library, see dshb, a macOS system monitor in Swift
- For other system related statistics in Swift for macOS, see SystemKit
System Management Controller
"The System Management Controller (SMC) is an internal subsystem introduced by Apple Inc. with the introduction of their new Intel processor based machines in 2006. It takes over the functions of the SMU. The SMC manages thermal and power conditions to optimize the power and airflow while keeping audible noise to a minimum. Power consumption and temperature are monitored by the operating system, which communicates the necessary adjustments back to the SMC. The SMC makes the changes, slowing down or speeding up fans as necessary." -via Wikipedia
For more see:
- Xcode 9.0 (Swift 4.0)
- macOS 10.12 Sierra and above for development (due to Xcode)
- OS X 10.9 Mavericks and above for use (due to Swift)
Make sure to use the recursive option on clone to initialize all submodules.
git clone --recursive https://github.com/beltex/SMCKit
Incase you have already cloned the repository, run the following inside the project directory.
git submodule update --init
This will build SMCKitTool (
smckit(1)) from source and place the binary and
manual page in your path.
$ smckit -- Temperature -- AMBIENT_AIR_0 34.0°C CPU_0_DIE 48.0°C CPU_0_PROXIMITY 39.0°C ENCLOSURE_BASE_0 29.0°C ENCLOSURE_BASE_1 29.0°C ENCLOSURE_BASE_2 28.0°C HEATSINK_1 34.0°C MEM_SLOTS_PROXIMITY 36.0°C PALM_REST 27.0°C -- Fan -- [id 0] Right Side Min: 1299 RPM Max: 6199 RPM Current: 1292 RPM -- Power -- AC Present: true Battery Powered: false Charging: false Battery Ok: true Battery Count: 1 -- Misc -- Disc in ODD: false
Library Usage Notes
- The use of this library will almost certainly not be allowed in the Mac App Store as it is essentially using a private API
- If you are creating a macOS command line tool, you cannot use SMCKit as a
library as Swift does not currently support static libraries. In such a
SMC.swiftfile must simply be included in your project as another source file. See SwiftInFlux/Runtime Dynamic Libraries for more information and both SMCKitTool & dshb as examples of such a case.
There are many projects that interface with the SMC for one purpose or another. Credit is most certainly due to them for the reference. Such projects as:
Handy I/O Kit references:
- iOS Hacker's Handbook
- Mac OS X and iOS Internals: To the Apple's Core
- OS X and iOS Kernel Programming
This project is under the MIT License.
While the SMC driver is closed source, the call strucutre and definition of
certain structs needed to interact with it (see
SMCParamStruct) happened to
appear in the open source Apple PowerManagement project at around version
211, and soon after disappeared. They can be seen in the
pmconfigd. In the very same source file, the following snippet can be
// And simply AppleSMC with kCFBooleanTrue to let them know time is changed. // We don't pass any information down. IORegistryEntrySetCFProperty( _smc, CFSTR("TheTimesAreAChangin"), kCFBooleanTrue);
Almost certainly a reference to Bob Dylan's The Times They Are a-Changin' :)
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the SMCKit README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.