In this post, I will show you how to switch audio output via command line on MacOS.
To switch audio output, we will install and use the switchaudio-osx utility.
To install the utility, use Homebrew for the job.
$ brew install switchaudio-osx
Make sure to reload the shell (bash/zsh/fish…) after that.
SwitchAudioSource will be available in the
$ SwitchAudioSource Please specify audio device. Usage: /opt/homebrew/Cellar/switchaudio-osx/1.1.0/SwitchAudioSource [-a] [-c] [-t type] [-n] -s device_name | -i device_id | -u device_uid -a : shows all devices -c : shows current device -f format : output format (cli/human/json). Defaults to human. -t type : device type (input/output/system). Defaults to output. -n : cycles the audio device to the next one -i device_id : sets the audio device to the given device by id -u device_uid : sets the audio device to the given device by uid or a substring of the uid -s device_name : sets the audio device to the given device by name
To show current audio device:
$ SwitchAudioSource -c Pete Houston’s AirPods
To show all audio devices:
$ SwitchAudioSource -a HD Pro Webcam C920 Pete Houston’s AirPods External Microphone MacBook Pro Microphone LG HDR 4K
To set audio device:
$ SwitchAudioSource -s "MacBook Pro Speakers" output audio device set to "MacBook Pro Speakers"
That’s it! Now you know how to switch audio output via command line on MacOS.