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How can I get the current display resolution from the command line in OS X?

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system_profiler SPDisplaysDataType | grep Resolution
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On a Macbook pro (10.8.3) this only returns the LCD's max resolution, not the current/selected display resolution. –  studgeek Jun 3 '13 at 16:12
On my Air running 10.8.4 with an external display, this shows both the Air's resolution and the external display's resolution, on separate lines. –  Jim Stewart Jul 9 '13 at 21:59
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For a quick reading on the current virtual resolution of a single retina display:

$ osascript -e 'tell application "Finder" to get bounds of window of desktop'
0, 0, 2048, 1280

Results for multi-monitor setups vary based on which display is primary and how they are arranged. Read more here

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