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View Available Software Updates in the Mac App Store

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You can use the macappstore:// scheme to open the Mac App Store to view the currently available software updates:

/usr/bin/open macappstore://showUpdatesPage

To do this on behalf of the currently logged in user account:

su - `stat -f '%Su' /dev/console` -c "/usr/bin/open macappstore://showUpdatesPage"

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Originally published on by Lucas Cantor