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get siri voiceWhether you’re creating audio clips for your own weekly technology podcast, or looking to write your own Siri spoof videos – having the Siri voice on your Mac is awesome. Let me show you how to get the voice, and then how to both make siri say anything, and how to record that to file.

Download The Siri Voice

First things first, let’s get the real Siri voice, though technically her name is Samantha. Voice recognition and text-to-speech – both of which are built into the core OSX – can all be found in System Preferences -> Voice.

get siri voice

On the text-to-speech tab, you’ll see that a voice is already selected – Victoria on mine. Click Play to preview that voice.

get siri voice

As you can tell, this isn’t Siri. To get the Siri (Samantha) voice – or even any number of other available voices – click on the System Voice selection box, and choose Customize. Scroll down to English (United States) – Female, and tick Samantha. If you click OK, it’ll prompt you to download the required files which are about 300-400MB per voice. I believe Daniel is the official Siri voice of the UK, but I must say the other language voices are quite impressive too, so I took the opportunity to grab Ting Ting and Kyoko too.


Wait for the download to complete, then choose Samantha from the drop down.

Get Her To Say What You Want

The Terminal / Command Line is the easiest way to do this. Find it under Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal. Type in the following command, replacing the text in quotes with whatever you want Siri to say!

say "Master, my name is Siri. I am here to serve your every desire"

Save The Output

To use the synthesised speech in our project, we need to output it to a file. To do this, add the -o switch the command, followed by a file name.

say -o "filenameGoesHere" "Master, my name is Siri"

Note that when you run this, it will not play the voice – only save to the file. It’s an .aiff file – and by default, it’s going to save in the root of your users’ home directory. To save to the desktop, just issue this command first:

cd Desktop

which will change the current directory to the desktop.

A few more tips – if you have a large amount of text you want to read, save it to the same directory as a plain text file, and instead of specifying the text to say, add the -f switch and the filename of your text file, like this:

say -o "outputFile" -f "inputFile"

To change the voice being used without having to go into System Preferences every time, use the -v switch:

say -v "Daniel" "I am Daniel, the voice of iPhone 4S in Britain"

So, how awesome is this? Very, is the response you’re looking for I believe. If you enjoyed this, please consider sharing the article using the buttons below. If you have any more tips or would like to show off your Siri project in the comments, then go ahead, I’m looking forward to checking them out. Don’t forget to check out all our other Siri related articles too.

  1. Chris
    January 5, 2017 at 11:33 am

    This is brilliant. Thank you!

  2. Johnson
    October 5, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Siri now comes with the new OS, you might wanna update that article

  3. Dion
    August 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Mantab gan

  4. Anonymous
    April 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Thank you so much! Needed this for a student film.

  5. Michael
    March 5, 2015 at 3:23 am

    That is awesome! Exactly what I needed.

  6. bhavik
    December 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    for some reason, i can't seem to run the commands properly, has it changed with yosemite?

    • James Bruce
      December 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Nope, just checked, works fine on my Yosemite installs. What error do you get?

  7. Jeff Ullman
    October 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Do you know where I can get the male voice over announcer for those Siri commercials?

    • James Bruce
      October 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      No, I 'm pretty sure that's a person...

  8. andres
    September 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    hey, thanks for the post. On my dropdown i do not get the customize option, just a few more voice options. any idea why?

    • muotechguy
      September 19, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Are you running an old version of OSX? I believe you need either lion or above.

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