GetFileInfo executeable - possible to get it without Xcode?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by topceres, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. topceres macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2014
    Dear all

    For a terminal project/script I need the features of getting the file creator from the files on a mac. The executeable that comes with Xcode (free) "GetFileInfo" will do that as I have understood. However, I need only that and not the rest of Xcode (2,5GB download) - and I'm presently on a very limited 3G connection. Does anyone know ... would it in any way be possible to get/download only the GetFileInfo executeable (can anyone grab it from their installation and put it somewhere for me :) )? OR would there be any other way to do this from Terminal without installing GetFileInfo?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    mdls command will read the file's metadata, but the output is a bit messier to read than GetFileInfo. mils is built into OS X it's available in terminal .

    Here's a link:

    The key that equates to GetFileInfo Creator code is: kMDItemFSCreatorCode

    To get just the creator code use:
    mdls -name kMDItemFSCreatorCode <filename>
    to see the usage for the command just use:
  3. topceres thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2014

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