How to Identify the Mac Model and Serial Number

Far from being a piece of information of little value, knowing your Mac computer model and its serial number can be essential for many things. Either to check compatibility with software or access a repair, as well as report its loss or theft. In this article we show you the ways you have to know exactly what Mac you have, regardless of whether it is a laptop or desktop.

Mac models

First of all, is it portable or desktop?

If you are not very involved in the Apple computer ecosystem and have been given away or have found a Mac and want to identify it, the first thing you should know is that there are variants in the range. In the laptop we find the following:

  • Macbook
  • MacBook Air
  • Macbook pro

If your computer has a CPU and screen integrated into a desktop, it can be:

  • iMac
  • iMac Pro

There is also the possibility that it is a separate CPU without accessories such as the screen:

  • Mac mini
  • Mac Pro

Once you have identified which one it is, you will be a little closer to knowing which Mac in particular you have. In the following sections we will see how to determine the year and version of the equipment, also knowing what its serial number is.

Exactly identify the model

Despite having a commercial name, Apple computers carry an alphanumeric name common to all models in that range. Below we show you a list with which to identify each one of them, which may have various nomenclatures depending on the color or specific specifications such as the number of ports.

Mac mini models

Apple Mac mini

  • Mac mini (early 2009):
    • MB464xx / A
    • MB463xx / A
  • Mac mini (late 2009):
    • MC238xx / A
    • MC239xx / A
    • MC408xx / A
  • Mac mini (mid 2010):
    • MC438xx / A
    • MC270xx / A
  • Mac mini (mid 2011):
    • MC815xx / A
    • MC816xx / A
    • MC936xx / A
  • Mac mini (Late 2012):
    • MD387xx / A
    • MD388xx / A
    • MD389xx / A
  • Mac mini (Late 2014):
    • MGEM2xx / A
    • MGEN2xx / A
    • MGEQ2xx / A
  • Mac mini (2018):
    • MRTR2xx / A
    • MRTT2xx / A
    • MXNF2xx / A
    • MXNG2xx / A
  • Mac mini (M1 from 2020):
    • MGNR3xx / A
    • MGNT3xx / A

Mac Pro Models

Apple Mac Pro

  • Mac Pro (early 2009):
    • MB871xx / A
    • MB535xx / A
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010):
    • MC915xx / A
    • MC250xx / A
    • MC560xx / A
    • MC561xx / A
  • Mac Pro (mid 2012):
    • ‌MD772xx / A
    • MD770xx / A
    • MD771xx / A
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013):
    • ME253xx / A
    • MD878xx / A
  • Mac Pro (2019):
    • No public data on the model («MacPro7,1)

IMac Models

Apple iMac

  • iMac (20-inch Early 2009):
    • MB417xx / A
    • MC019xx / A
  • iMac (24-inch early 2009):
    • MB418xx / A
    • MB419xx / A
  • iMac (24-inch Late 2009):
    • MB950xx / A
    • MC413xx / A
  • iMac (27-inch Late 2009):
    • MB952xx / A
    • MB953xx / A
  • iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2010):
    • MC508xx / A
    • MC509xx / A
  • iMac (27-inch Mid 2010):
    • MC510xx / A
    • MC511xx / A
  • iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011):
    • MC309xx / A
    • MC812xx / A
  • iMac (27 inch inches mid 2011):
    • MC813xx / A
    • MC814xx / A
  • iMac (21.5-inch Late 2012):
    • MD093xx / A
    • MD094xx / A
  • iMac (27-inch Late 2012):
    • MD095xx / A
    • MD096xx / A
  • iMac (21.5-inch Late 2013):
    • ME086xx / A
    • ME087xx / A
  • iMac (27-inch Late 2013):
    • ME086xx / A
    • ME088xx / A
  • iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2014):
    • MF883xx / A
    • MG022xx / A
  • iMac (Late 2014 27-inch Retina 5K): ‌MF886xx / A
  • iMac (Mid-2015 27-inch Retina 5K): ‌MF885xx / A
  • iMac (21.5-inch Late 2015):
    • MK142xx / A
    • MK442xx / A
  • iMac (Late 2015 21.5-inch Retina 4K):
    • MK452xx / A
  • iMac (Late 2015 27-inch Retina 5K):
    • MK462xx / A
    • MK472xx / A
    • MK482xx / A
  • iMac (21.5-inch from 2017):
    • MMQA2xx / A
    • MHK03xx / a
  • iMac (2017 21.5-inch Retina 4K):
    • MNDY2xx / A
    • MNE02xx / A
  • iMac (2017 27-inch Retina 5K):
    • MNE92xx / A
    • MNEA2xx / A
    • MNED2xx / A
  • iMac (2019 21.5-inch Retina 4K):
    • MRT3xx / A
    • MRT4xx / A
    • MHK23xx / a
  • iMac (2019 27-inch Retina 5K):
    • MRQYxx / A
    • MRR0xx / A
    • MRR1xx / A
  • iMac (2020 27-inch Retina 5K):
    • MXWT2xx / A
    • MXWU2xx / A
    • MXWV2xx / A

IMac Pro Models

Apple iMac Pro

  • iMac Pro (2017):
    • MQ2Y2xx / A
    • MHLV3xx / A

MacBook Models

Apple MacBook

  • MacBook (13-inch Early 2009): MB881xx / A
  • MacBook (13-inch Mid 2009): MC240xx / A
  • MacBook (13-inch Late 2009): MC240xx / A
  • MacBook (13-inch Mid 2010): MC516xx / A
  • MacBook (Early 2015 12-inch Retina):
    • MF855x / A
    • MF865xx / A
    • MJY32xx / A
    • MJY42xx / A
    • MK4M2xx / A
    • MK4N2xx / A
  • MacBook (Early 2016 12-inch Retina):
    • MLH72xx / A
    • MLH82xx / A
    • MLHA2xx / A
    • MLHC2xx / A
    • MLHE2xx / A
    • MLHF2xx / A
    • MMGL2xx / A
    • MMGM2xx / A
  • MacBook (Retina 12-inch 2017):
    • MNYF2XX / A
    • MNYG2XX / A
    • MNYH2XX / A
    • MNYJ2XX / A
    • MNYK2XX / A
    • MNYL2XX / A
    • MNYM2XX / A
    • MNYN2XX / A

MacBook Air Models

Apple MacBook Air

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2009:
    • MC505xx / A
    • MC233xx / A
    • MC234xx / A
  • MacBook Air (11-inch Late 2010):
    • MC505xx / A
    • MC506xx / A
  • MacBook Air (13-inch Late 2010):
    • MC503xx / A
    • MC504xx / A
  • MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2011):
    • MC968xx / A
    • MC969xx / A
  • MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2011):
    • MC965xx / A
    • MC966xx / A
  • MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2012):
    • MD223xx / A
    • MD224xx / A
  • MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2012):
    • MD231xx / A
    • MD232xx / A
  • MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2013):
    • MD711xx / A
    • MD712xx / A
  • MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2013):
    • ‌MD760xx / A
    • MD761xx / A
  • MacBook Air (11-inch early 2014):
    • MD711xx / B
    • MD712xx / B
  • MacBook Air (13-inch early 2014):
    • MD760xx / B
    • MD761xx / B
  • MacBook Air (11-inch early 2015):
    • MJVM2xx / A
    • MJVP2xx / A
  • MacBook Air (13-inch early 2015):
    • MJVE2xx / A
    • MJVG2xx / A
    • MMGF2xx / A
    • MMGG2xx / A
  • MacBook Air (13-inch from 2017):
    • MQD32xx / A
    • MQD42xx / A
    • MQD52xx / A
  • MacBook Air (Retina 13-inch 2018):
    • MRE82xx / A
    • MREA2xx / A
    • MREE2xx / A
    • MRE92xx / A
    • MREC2xx / A
    • MREF2xx / A
    • MUQT2xx / A
    • MUQU2xx / A
    • MUQV2xx / A
  • MacBook Air (Retina 13-inch 2019):
    • MVFH2xx / A
    • MVFJ2xx / A
    • MVFK2xx / A
    • MVFL2xx / A
    • MVFM2xx / A
    • MVFN2xx / A
    • MVH62xx / A
    • MVH82xx / A
  • MacBook Air (Retina 13-inch 2020):
    • MVH22xx / A
    • MVH42xx / A
    • MVH52xx / A
    • MWTJ2xx / A
    • MWTK2xx / A
    • MWTL2xx / A
  • MacBook Air (2020 M1):
    • MGN63xx / A
    • MGN93xx / A
    • MGND3xx / A
    • MGN73xx / A
    • MGNA3xx / A
    • MGNE3xx / A

MacBook Pro Models

Apple MacBook Pro

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2008):
    • MB133xx / A
    • MB134xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2008): MB166xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008):
    • MB470xx / A
    • MB471xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2009): MB604xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2009):
    • MB991xx / A
    • MB990xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.53GHz Mid 2009): 2.53GHz ‌MC118xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009):
    • MB985xx / A
    • MB986xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2009):
    • MC226xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010):
    • MC375xx / A
    • MC374xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010):
    • MC373xx / A
    • MC372xx / A
    • MC371xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2010): ‌MC024xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011):
    • MC724xx / A
    • MC700xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011):
    • MC723xx / A
    • MC721xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011): MC725xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011):
    • MD314xx / A
    • MD313xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011):
    • MD322xx / A
    • MD318xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2011): ‌MD311xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2012):
    • MD101xx / A
    • MD102xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2012):
    • MD103xx / A
    • MD104xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Mid 2012):
    • No public data on the model («MacBookPro10,1)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina 13-inch Late 2012):
    • MD212xx / A
    • MD213xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2013 13-inch Retina):
    • MD212xx / A
    • ME662xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2013 15-inch Retina):
    • ME664xx / A
    • ME665xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (Retina 13-inch Late 2013):
    • ME864xx / A
    • ME865xx / A
    • ME866xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (Retina 15-inch Late 2013):
    • ME293xx / A
    • ME294xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (Retina 13-inch Mid 2014):
    • MGX72xx / A
    • MGX82xx / A
    • MGX92xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (Retina 15-inch Mid 2014):
    • MGXC2xx / A
    • MGXA2xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2015 13-inch Retina):
    • MF839xx / A
    • MF840xx / A
    • MF841xx / A
    • MF843xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2015 15-inch Retina):
    • MJLQ2xx / A
    • MJLT2xx / A
    • MJLU2xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch with two Thunderbolt 3s from 2016):
    • MLL42xx / A
    • MLUQ2xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch with four Thunderbolt 3s from 2016):
    • MLH12xx / A
    • MLVP2xx / A
    • MNQF2xx / A
    • MNQG2xx / A
    • MPDK2xx / A
    • MPDL2xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2016):
    • MLH32xx / A
    • MLH42xx / A
    • MLH52xx / A
    • MLW72xx / A
    • MLW82xx / A
    • MLW92xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch with two Thunderbolt 3 from 2017):
    • MPXQ2xx / A
    • MPXR2xx / A
    • MPXT2xx / A
    • MPXU2xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch with four Thunderbolt 3 from 2017):
    • MPXV2xx / A
    • MPXW2xx / A
    • MPXX2xx / A
    • MPXY2xx / A
    • MQ002xx / A
    • MQ012xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2017):
    • MPTR2xx / A
    • MPTT2xx / A
    • MPTU2xx / A
    • MPTV2xx / A
    • MPTW2xx / A
    • MPTX2xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch with four Thunderbolt 3s from 2018):
    • MR9Q2xx / A
    • MR9R2xx / A
    • MR9T2xx / A
    • MR9U2xx / A
    • MR9V2xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2018):
    • MR932xx / A
    • MR942xx / A
    • MR952xx / A
    • MR962xx / A
    • MR972xx / A
    • MUQH2xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch with four Thunderbolt 3s from 2019):
    • MV962xx / A
    • MV972xx / A
    • MV982xx / A
    • MV992xx / A
    • MV9A2xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2019):
    • MV902xx / A
    • MV912xx / A
    • MV922xx / A
    • MV932xx / A
    • MV942xx / A
    • MV952xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch with two Thunderbolt 3s from 2019):
    • MUHN2xx / A
    • MUHP2xx / a
    • MUHQ2xx / A
    • MUHR2xx / A
    • MUHR2xx / B
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch 2019):
    • MVVJ2xx / A
    • MVVK2xx / A
    • MVVL2xx / A
    • MVVM2xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch with two Thunderbolt 3s from 2020):
    • MXK32xx / A
    • MXK52xx / A
    • MXK62xx / A
    • MXK72xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch with four Thunderbolt 3s from 2020):
    • MWP42xx / A
    • MWP52xx / A
    • MWP62xx / A
    • MWP72xx / A
    • MWP82xx / A
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch M1 from 2020)
    • MYD83xx / A
    • MYD92xx / A
    • MYDA2xx / A
    • MYDC2xx / A

Find the serial number

Once you know which Mac model you have, you should know that it will not be unique and there will be thousands of users who have one just like yours. The serial number is what will make your computer unique and will differentiate it from the rest. This number can also be key to knowing your warranty or accessing a repair, as well as to report it if it is stolen.

Mac box can be key

If you still keep the original Mac box, you can find its serial number on the back or on one of its sides. Generally, it usually appears near a barcode identified as Serial Number or similar.

On the device chassis

Apple places the serial number printed on the chassis of its computers. Although its location may vary depending on the model, as a general rule it is usually found at the bottom of laptops and desktops, while in iMac it is at the back of the screen.

From “About this Mac”

Mac serial number

If the Mac works correctly and you can access the operating system, you can find the serial number information in the same section that you found the exact Mac model. To do this you must go to the Apple menu and click on «About this Mac» and, Once there, go to the general tab and note that the serial number is the one that appears as the last information. If your Mac is old and has a version of OS X installed instead of macOS, you will find a window like the one on the right of the previous image. In that case you must double click on the version number to display the serial number.

Other macOS options

There is another section where you can find the serial number accompanied by other relevant information. For that you must open the System Information application (if you press cmd + space, a search box opens that will allow you to find it). Once this window opens, you must click on “Hardware” and you will see that all the information about the Mac model appears, including the one you are looking for.

Mac Information

From another Apple device

If you don’t have access to the Mac you want to consult and you don’t even have the box nearby, you can check its serial number from another computer that has internet access. Regardless of whether it is a Mac, Windows computer or an iOS or Android mobile, you must open the browser and go to the Apple ID website . Once you are in this section, you must go to the “Devices” section, select your Mac and the information related to it will appear.