List Available macOS Updates

Quick Description This automation policy obtains the list of currently available updates that could be installed on macOS devices.
Applies To N-central 9.5.x
Last Revised April 10, 2014


As part of running an assessment or diagnostics on a macOS device, understanding the software updates that are available can be important information. This automation policy produces a list of currently available updates for macOS devices. By using the softwareupdate command with the –list argument, all available updates will be listed. Any listed updates prefixed with an asterisk (*) character are denoted as recommended updates.

This automation policy requires admin authentication to successfully install software updates. For more information on the macOS commands used in this automation policy, see

When configuring the running of this automation policy in N-able N-central, the best practice is to take advantage of Asset Variables for Network Address, Device UserName, and Device Password.

Input parameters

MAC IP Address: <String Value> - or use the Network Address Asset Variable

MAC User Name: <String Value> - admin

MAC Password: <Password Value> - Password!@# or use the Device Credentials Password Asset Variable

Automation policy


A list of all available updates for macOS devices are displayed.