A fun article today on how to use OSX speech command with the command line.


You can have your system say a sentence by using:

$ say Hello World. My Name is Jonathan.

Specify a voice

Your mac ships with a few voices, use -v to specify a voice.


$ say -v Karen Hello World

List of voices: Alex, Bruce, Fred, Kathy, Vicky, Victoria, Daniel, Tessa, Fiona, Moira, Veena, Karen.

Specify a file

You can use -f to specify the path to a file to read.

$ say -f ~/testvoice.txt

You can also pipe the content of the file into the say command:

$ cat ~/testvoice.txt | say 

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Output the speech to a file

Use the -o flag to output the

say -o /Users/klugjo/outputvoice.m4a Hello World

Combine it all together

$ say -v Fiona -f ~/testvoice.txt -o outputvoice.m4a

Hope you had fun, not the most useful command but I had quite a bit of fun with it.

Check out more OS X commands here.