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List of voices available by the `say` command on OS X
Agnes en_US # Isn't it nice to have a computer that will talk to you?
Albert en_US # I have a frog in my throat. No, I mean a real frog!
Alex en_US # Most people recognize me by my voice.
Alice it_IT # Salve, mi chiamo Alice e sono una voce italiana.
Alva sv_SE # Hej, jag heter Alva. Jag är en svensk röst.
Amelie fr_CA # Bonjour, je m’appelle Amelie. Je suis une voix canadienne.
Anna de_DE # Hallo, ich heiße Anna und ich bin eine deutsche Stimme.
Bad News en_US # The light you see at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of a fast approaching train.
Bahh en_US # Do not pull the wool over my eyes.
Bells en_US # Time flies when you are having fun.
Boing en_US # Spring has sprung, fall has fell, winter's here and it's colder than usual.
Bruce en_US # I sure like being inside this fancy computer
Bubbles en_US # Pull the plug! I'm drowning!
Carmit he_IL # שלום. קוראים לי כרמית, ואני קול בשפה העברית.
Cellos en_US # Doo da doo da dum dee dee doodly doo dum dum dum doo da doo da doo da doo da doo da doo da doo
Damayanti id_ID # Halo, nama saya Damayanti. Saya berbahasa Indonesia.
Daniel en_GB # Hello, my name is Daniel. I am a British-English voice.
Deranged en_US # I need to go on a really long vacation.
Diego es_AR # Hola, me llamo Diego y soy una voz española.
Ellen nl_BE # Hallo, mijn naam is Ellen. Ik ben een Belgische stem.
Fiona en-scotland # Hello, my name is Fiona. I am a Scottish-English voice.
Fred en_US # I sure like being inside this fancy computer
Good News en_US # Congratulations you just won the sweepstakes and you don't have to pay income tax again.
Hysterical en_US # Please stop tickling me!
Ioana ro_RO # Bună, mă cheamă Ioana . Sunt o voce românească.
Joana pt_PT # Olá, chamo-me Joana e dou voz ao português falado em Portugal.
Junior en_US # My favorite food is pizza.
Kanya th_TH # สวัสดีค่ะ ดิฉันชื่อKanya
Karen en_AU # Hello, my name is Karen. I am an Australian-English voice.
Kathy en_US # Isn't it nice to have a computer that will talk to you?
Kyoko ja_JP # こんにちは、私の名前はKyokoです。日本語の音声をお届けします。
Laura sk_SK # Ahoj. Volám sa Laura . Som hlas v slovenskom jazyku.
Lekha hi_IN # नमस्कार, मेरा नाम लेखा है.Lekha[[FEMALE_NAME]]मै हिंदी मे बोलने वाली आवाज़ हूँ.
Luciana pt_BR # Olá, o meu nome é Luciana e a minha voz corresponde ao português que é falado no Brasil
Mariska hu_HU # Üdvözlöm! Mariska vagyok. Én vagyok a magyar hang.
Mei-Jia zh_TW # 您好,我叫美佳。我說國語。
Melina el_GR # Γεια σας, ονομάζομαι Melina. Είμαι μια ελληνική φωνή.
Milena ru_RU # Здравствуйте, меня зовут Milena. Я – русский голос системы.
Moira en_IE # Hello, my name is Moira. I am an Irish-English voice.
Monica es_ES # Hola, me llamo Monica y soy una voz española.
Nora nb_NO # Hei, jeg heter Nora. Jeg er en norsk stemme.
Paulina es_MX # Hola, me llamo Paulina y soy una voz mexicana.
Pipe Organ en_US # We must rejoice in this morbid voice.
Princess en_US # When I grow up I'm going to be a scientist.
Ralph en_US # The sum of the squares of the legs of a right triangle is equal to the square of the hypotenuse.
Samantha en_US # Hello, my name is Samantha. I am an American-English voice.
Sara da_DK # Hej, jeg hedder Sara. Jeg er en dansk stemme.
Satu fi_FI # Hei, minun nimeni on Satu. Olen suomalainen ääni.
Sin-ji zh_HK # 您好,我叫 Sin-ji。我講廣東話。
Tarik ar_SA # مرحبًا اسمي Tarik. أنا عربي من السعودية.
Tessa en_ZA # Hello, my name is Tessa. I am a South African-English voice.
Thomas fr_FR # Bonjour, je m’appelle Thomas. Je suis une voix française.
Ting-Ting zh_CN # 您好,我叫Ting-Ting。我讲中文普通话。
Trinoids en_US # We cannot communicate with these carbon units.
Veena en_IN # Hello, my name is Veena. I am an Indian-English voice.
Vicki en_US # Isn't it nice to have a computer that will talk to you?
Victoria en_US # Isn't it nice to have a computer that will talk to you?
Whisper en_US # Pssssst, hey you, Yeah you, Who do ya think I'm talking to, the mouse?
Xander nl_NL # Hallo, mijn naam is Xander. Ik ben een Nederlandse stem.
Yelda tr_TR # Merhaba, benim adım Yelda. Ben Türkçe bir sesim.
Yuna ko_KR # 안녕하세요. 제 이름은 Yuna입니다. 저는 한국어 음성입니다.
Zarvox en_US # That looks like a peaceful planet.
Zosia pl_PL # Witaj. Mam na imię Zosia, jestem głosem kobiecym dla języka polskiego.
Zuzana cs_CZ # Dobrý den, jmenuji se Zuzana. Jsem český hlas.
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@PeterPerhac PeterPerhac commented Nov 13, 2017

the manual (man say) mentions the say -v ? command. This can be used to list the entire list of currently available voices on your version of the OS.

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@anthonyshibitov anthonyshibitov commented Apr 12, 2018

they removed all the fun ones :(

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@cprecioso cprecioso commented Apr 16, 2018

@anthonyshibitov you can get the missing ones and more in Preferences > Accessibility > Speech, clicking the voice selector and in there Customize

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@d3vnu11 d3vnu11 commented May 7, 2018

So annoying now my ./allyourbase.sh doesn't work they took out Zarvox :/

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@kraftydevil kraftydevil commented Jul 15, 2018

Are these free to use on a platform like YouTube with ads enabled?

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@dgpokl dgpokl commented Sep 5, 2018

@kraftydevil I believe that voices can be used freely, just like you can use the fonts on your Mac to print a book or render text on a movie poster without paying Apple or the font maker. The reason for this is that using the voice isn't redistributing the software, just as using the font to render text doesn't distribute the font.

Using a voice to make your soundtrack on YouTube is exactly like producing a JPEG with some text rendered in it, so it's definitely not an infringement of copyright.

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@itslenny itslenny commented Sep 21, 2018

@dgpokl This is misinformation / not how licensing works.

@keraftydevil Much like each font has it's own license the voices have their own license. In this thread it seems to indicate that the voices are for personal use only (no commercial). So, you can probably use a recording of them in a video especially if it's just a personal video, but I'd advise contacting Apple to be sure. If it's commercial you should for sure have a lawyer review their SLA before proceeding.

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@s2t2 s2t2 commented Nov 22, 2018

... you can get the missing ones and more in Preferences > Accessibility > Speech, clicking the voice selector and in there Customize

🎉 👍 thanks!

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@knoxilla knoxilla commented Apr 25, 2019

... you can get the missing ones and more in Preferences > Accessibility > Speech, clicking the voice selector and in there Customize

Indeed, many thanks! 👍

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@TheRealGeek TheRealGeek commented Jul 18, 2019

@anthonyshibitov you can get the missing ones and more in Preferences > Accessibility > Speech, clicking the voice selector and in there Customize

Thanks!!!

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@mvaneijgen mvaneijgen commented Nov 28, 2019

Anyone know which of these voices are the Siri Female (United States) which I can select in Settings > Accessibility > Speech. I've tested them all, but none seem to sound like that voice.

I am asking because I need to convert some text to audio and I want to have it sound the same as when I select some text and have it speak with Option+ Esc.

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@jdbool jdbool commented Nov 28, 2019

Anyone know which of these voices are the Siri Female (United States) which I can select in Settings > Accessibility > Speech. I've tested them all, but none seem to sound like that voice.

I am asking because I need to convert some text to audio and I want to have it sound the same as when I select some text and have it speak with Option+ Esc.

Samantha

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@mvaneijgen mvaneijgen commented Nov 29, 2019

Anyone know which of these voices are the Siri Female (United States) which I can select in Settings > Accessibility > Speech. I've tested them all, but none seem to sound like that voice.
I am asking because I need to convert some text to audio and I want to have it sound the same as when I select some text and have it speak with Option+ Esc.

Samantha

I did some testing and Samantha is not really the same voice if you have a listen. These are Siri on iOS, Siri on macOS and Samantha compared.

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@FlipMuc FlipMuc commented Mar 5, 2020

I was able to download the German Siri voice through the accessibility tab.
When hovering over the entry "Siri Female (Germany)" it reveals, that the voice is actually called "Helena".

I was able to find a HelenaSiri.SpeechVoice folder in System/Library /Speech/Voices, however when trying to use this voice in the terminal, I always get the message "Voice 'Helena' not found.

All other alternatives like HelenaSiri, Helena Siri, etc. don't work either.

BTW for you Americans, your Siri voice is actually called NoraSiri. But same issue applies.

Any idea how to get it done?

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@mvaneijgen mvaneijgen commented Mar 10, 2020

@FlipMuc amazing research I've done some more digging and found this Alfred workflow which is not really the solution, but I'm researching it now an it seems a step in the right direction.

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@mcauser mcauser commented Jun 22, 2020

say -v '?' | awk '{print $1}' | while read voice; do printf "using $voice...\n"; say -v $voice "hello, this is me using the $voice voice"; sleep 1; done

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@Pysis868 Pysis868 commented Jun 24, 2020

set voiceNamesList (say -v \? | tr -s ' ' | sort -k2 | awk '{print $1,$2}' | tr '\n' ' ');
set voiceName (eval dialog --stdout --menu testy 25 40 15 $voiceNamesList); clear;
set voiceLine (say -v '?' | grep "$voiceName");

test -z "$voiceLine";
and echo "Error: No voice found for $voiceName.";
or begin;
  set voiceText (echo "$voiceLine" | tr -s ' '  | cut -d' ' -f3- | sed -r 's|^# ||');
  set command "say -v '$voiceName' '$voiceText'";
  echo "$voiceLine";
  eval "$command";
end
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@maustyle maustyle commented Jun 28, 2020

@mcauser, I like your command line, is there a way to feed the script with the voices.txt file or an XML file in order to make it say the file's commented text, which in their native correspondent language?

say -v '?' | awk '{print $1}' | while read voice; do printf "using $voice...\n"; say -v $voice "hello, this is me using the $voice voice"; sleep 1; done

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@Pysis868 Pysis868 commented Jun 29, 2020

@maustyle Isn't that what I just posted?

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@maustyle maustyle commented Jul 11, 2020

@maustyle Isn't that what I just posted?

The code part say -v $voice "hello, this is me using the $voice voice" only speaks English. How can you feed it your list to make it say "hello, this is me using.." in its own language, instead of always in English?

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@arturom arturom commented Jul 16, 2020

@maustyle

say -v '?' | while read line;
    do
        voice=$(echo $line | awk '{print $1}');
        phrase=$(echo $line | awk '{split($0,a,"#"); print a[2]}');
        echo "($voice) $phrase";
        say -v $voice "$voice: $phrase";
    done
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@chrischma chrischma commented Jul 16, 2020

Thank you a lot for this list. It is useful.

Which of these voices are available in high quality? Read Samantha a lot, but i am not convinced. ... ;)

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@maustyle maustyle commented Jul 17, 2020

say -v '?' | while read line;
    do
    voice=$(echo $line | awk '{print $1..
    ..
    done

@arturom

Now the code you wrote is more dynamic, great!

  1. How do I execute the command to make this file (voices.txt) work?
  2. Does the script need to be saved as a file in the same folder of this file (voices.txt) ?
  3. Are there any requirements for this script to work with this file (voices.txt)?

Thank you!

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@arturom arturom commented Jul 18, 2020

@maustyle

The file voices.txt isn't special in any way. You don't need to download it and there is not much you can do with it. You can recreate that file with a list of the voices installed in your own Mac by simply going to your terminal and typing this command:

say -v '?'

If your Mac has different voices installed, it will show those voices instead of the ones in this list.

  1. To execute the command I posted, you can simply copy/paste it into your terminal.
  2. You can also save it to a file named mycommand.sh in your desktop and executing it by typing sh ~/Desktop/mycommand.sh
  3. Again, voices.txt isn't special. If you want to install more voices, follow this guide

I split the script into many lines. Here is the same exact script I posted, but I deleted the new lines:

say -v '?' | while read line; do voice=$(echo $line | awk '{print $1}'); phrase=$(echo $line | awk '{split($0,a,"#"); print a[2]}'); echo "($voice) $phrase"; say -v $voice "$voice: $phrase"; done
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@tjwds tjwds commented Sep 5, 2020

Reading the manpage for say (as one does), I noticed an --interactive flag, so here's a modified version of @arturom's script above which highlights each word as it is read:

say -v '?' | while read line;
    do
        voice=$(echo $line | awk '{print $1}');
        phrase=$(echo $line | awk '{split($0,a,"#"); print a[2]}');
        say --interactive -v $voice "$voice: $phrase";
    done
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@Nastras Nastras commented Oct 8, 2020

Hello, can someone tell me what the language name for Siri is so I can read it out over the terminal with

cat text.txt | say -v anna -o vorgelesen.aiff

I have already tried Siri / siri for Anna but he tells me Siri does not exist.

cat text.txt | say -v siri -o vorgelesen.aiff
Voice `siri' not found.

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@mvaneijgen mvaneijgen commented Oct 8, 2020

@Nastras that is the same problem I'm having and you can't, the Siri voices are not part of any of the other speech tools on macOS. Here is more detail on the issue mklement0/speak.awf#1

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@Nastras Nastras commented Oct 8, 2020

Ok, I had already suspected something like that. I took the detour and let siri read the text and record it via soundflower and quick time to get an audio file without any loss.

Thanks for your hint.

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@mvaneijgen mvaneijgen commented Oct 8, 2020

@Nastras could you explain how that works, I would love to use something similar.

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@Nastras Nastras commented Oct 8, 2020

I have followed these instructions. It is unfortunately in German but you can certainly have it translated. The text to be read aloud I wrote in a text file and let Siri read it out over the voice output.

https://www.netzwelt.de/anleitung/159266-soundflower-so-zeichnet-interne-quellen.html

I hope it helps you?

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@sanjibnarzary sanjibnarzary commented Jan 2, 2021

Allison and Samanta are close to Siri voice. Both are downloadable from Speech content.

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@chestozo chestozo commented Aug 7, 2021

+1 for this topic
in browser if you select some text and choose "Speak" in contextual menu - you will here a nice Siri voice
and apparently this voice is not available in the list of voices speechSynthesis.getVoices() :/

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@upintheairsheep upintheairsheep commented Nov 28, 2021

say -v cello droid

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