How tell if your Mac Supports Support Intel® Virtualization Technology

I was trying to see if my MacBook Air support HAXM for Android emulation and could not find a good resource to tell me how to find out what the processor number of my Mac was. So here you go!

Open a Terminal

  • Go to Finder and press Command + Shift + U
  • Select Terminal
  • Type the following:   sysctl machdep.cpu.brand_string

This returns something like this: machdep.cpu.brand_string: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5650U CPU @ 2.20GHz

The BOLD part is the processor number so continue to follow the instructions starting at step 2 below: Does My Processor Support Intel® Virtualization Technology?

In my case, yes this process does!

As a short cut (don’t have to look up the processor number) simply type: sysctl machdep.cpu.features

and see if it contains VMX