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Archived - MacBook: How to find the serial number

Learn how to find the serial number of your MacBook computer.

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You can find your serial number in several places:


In Mac OS X

On most computers with Mac OS X, you can find the serial number in the About This Mac window.

On the surface of the computer

Depending on your MacBook model, you can find the serial number either on the bottom case or in the battery bay:

MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009)

Shut down your computer and turn it over. The serial number is on the bottom case, as shown below.
Back of the MacBook, with serial number location

MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)

Shut down your computer, turn it over, and remove the battery. The serial number and Ethernet ID (MAC address) are located on the front wall of the battery bay, as shown below.

Front wall of battery bay
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2008)
MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008)
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2007)
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2007)
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2006)
MacBook (13-inch)

Shut down your computer, turn it over, and remove the battery. The serial number and Ethernet ID (MAC address) are located in the battery bay, as shown below.

Underneath the battery


On the original product packaging

If you still have the original packaging for your MacBook, you can find the serial number on the barcode label that is affixed to the packaging.

On the original receipt (or invoice)

Some retailers may include the serial number of your MacBook on the receipt.

Additional Information

Learn how to find the serial number of other Apple hardware products.

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