Restart Mac audio, without restarting your Mac

Occasionally my Mac will stop detecting the headphone jack. The only way to fix it, is to reboot, or it was until now.

In a terminal run these commands


sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext
sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext

This unloads the audio system and reloads it.

If it still doesn’t work, you can try killing the audio service

sudo kill -9 `ps ax|grep 'coreaudio[a-z]' |awk '{print $1}'`

After about 10-20 seconds the service should automatically start again