a.k.a: How to check a Mac’s uptime and reboot history
If you’re like me and you never turn off your mac, this might be of interest to you.
In my opinion, Macs are quite stable and I like to be able to access my data remotely no matter where I am (and it’s too big to upload to the cloud) so I don’t turn off my mac every day. I need to be able to access both my documents and images from almost anywhere with an internet connection, and I use a combination of Logmein, Back to my mac and Remote Desktop
In fact the only time I restart it, is when I install updates or new software, or am messing (read; upgrading) with my hardware.
On the Server edition of Mac OS X – its a simple thing to look at Running for:
Whilst on a non server mac (I’m currently running 10.9) it’s not too difficult. Open Terminal (either search for it in spotlight or go to Utilities > Terminal) and just type in ‘uptime’ (without the quotes ‘ ‘)
19:38 up 8:33, 2 users, load averages: 2.06 1.58 1.51
The above example says it’s been running for 8 and a half hours (wondering why I restarted?)
Another interesting command is ‘last reboot’ which yields
Mac-Pro:~ user$ last reboot
reboot ~ Wed Jun 25 11:05
reboot ~ Mon Jun 23 19:56
reboot ~ Mon Jun 23 19:17
reboot ~ Mon Jun 23 17:25