Checking brightness?

Is there any way to check brightness? i’m used to having the screen turn off when i set brightness to the lowest setting, but ever since i got an iMac, that doesn’t work anymore. I’m trying to make something to check the current brightness, and if it is at it’s lowest setting, it’ll turn off the screen.

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Operating System: Mac OS X (10.10)


Then use something like

set theBrightness to (do shell script "brightness -l | awk 'FNR == 2 {print $4}'")
-- brightness -l | awk '/brightness/ {print $4}'

The docs say this is not compatible with OSX as of 10.9, however I just installed it via Macports.

It seems to work alright, although it produces a plist instead of plain text when using the verbose switch.


{ MacBookPro6,1 · 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 · 8GB RAM · OSX 10.11.1 }

You can store the plist in a var if you need to (no key for actual brightness though) and then read whatever you need from AppleScript.