Command Line

The command line interface is an alternate method of interacting with macOS and Mac OS X, relying on text based command entry to execute commands and perform tasks. It is accessed on the Mac by using the Terminal application. Generally, the command line is considered advanced, and thus it’s usage tends to be more complex than many standard procedures on a Mac.

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How to Access iCloud Drive from Command Line in Mac OS

Nov 16, 2017 - 6 Comments
Access iCloud Drive from Terminal in Mac OS

Some Mac users may need to access iCloud Drive from the Terminal in Mac OS. But if you have tried to access iCloud Drive via command line on your own, you may have noticed it does not appear in the user Home directory. This is because iCloud Drive is actually locate elsewhere in Mac OS, … Read More

How to Skip Converting to APFS When Installing macOS High Sierra

Oct 17, 2017 - 17 Comments
How to skip APFS when installing macOS High Sierra

MacOS High Sierra includes the all new APFS file system, which is arguably one of the most significant new features introduced in the new Mac operating system update. Nonetheless it’s possible that some Mac owners with SSD volumes will want to not convert the existing HFS+ file system to APFS file system when installing macOS … Read More

How to Determine File Encoding in Mac OS by Command Line

Sep 2, 2017 - 3 Comments

You can determine a files encoding and character set through the command line in Mac OS (and linux) by using the “file” command, which helps to retrieve general and specific information about a file type.

How to Disable MultiTouch on Magic Mouse for Mac

Aug 17, 2017 - 5 Comments

The Mac Magic Mouse with multi-touch is fantastic for many users, allowing you to swipe and scroll around through documents by touch alone, but some people may find that they accidentally trigger touch gestures or other scrolling behavior they don’t want. This happens more often than you might think, particularly for people who have come … Read More

How to Shutdown a Mac from Terminal

Aug 13, 2017 - 11 Comments
Shutdown a Mac from Command Line

Advanced Mac users may wish to shut down a computer from the command line. This can be helpful for remote administration with ssh, in situations where a Mac is booted into Single User Mode, or many other circumstances of troubleshooting and systems administration. There are several ways to shut down a Mac from the command … Read More

Access Maps from the Command Line Rendered in ASCII with Mapscii

Jun 23, 2017 - 5 Comments
Ascii maps command line

Have you ever wished you could access a mapping application from the command line? Now you can with Mapscii, which is sort of like Google Maps or Apple Maps but for the Terminal, with all of the mapping data rendered in ASCII text and characters.

How to Exit the MAN Command and Quit Man Pages Properly

Jun 2, 2017 - 8 Comments
How to exit MAN command

The “man” command is short for manual, and with it you can summon detailed manual page and information on nearly any other command or command line utility that is available, including using an extensive man document search to find related manual pages. While man pages are frequently used and referenced, many users don’t know how … Read More

How to Access Terminal via Recovery Mode for Mac

May 18, 2017 - Leave a Comment
Terminal in macOS

Some more advanced Mac troubleshooting and diagnostics techniques require a user to access the Terminal from Mac OS Recovery Mode. We’ll show you how to quickly access the command line while a Mac is booted into Recovery Mode.

How to Change File Extensions of Files via Command Line in Mac OS

May 12, 2017 - 4 Comments
Moving cursor by word at command line of Mac Terminal

Command line users may find it helpful to change and rename the file extension of a group of files in a directory. For example, let’s say you have a batch of files with the file extension “.txt” but you want all of those the file extensions to be “.py” instead. That’s what we’re going to … Read More

How to Check XProtect Version in Mac OS

May 1, 2017 - 15 Comments
Check XProtect Version on Mac

GateKeeper, MRT (Malware Removal Tool), and XProtect are all built-in features of Mac OS designed to prevent malware threats and other nefarious software from being installed or used on a Mac. These security features exist in the background and are updated with regular system software updates to Mac OS, but Apple will also push quiet … Read More

How to SSH on Mac with the Native SSH Client

Apr 28, 2017 - 13 Comments
Using SSH on a Mac

Did you know the Mac has a native SSH client built directly into the command line? This ssh client allows for secured connections and remote logins into other machines. Unlike Windows, you won’t need a third party app to utilize SSH for connections into remote computers and devices, because ssh is built directly into Mac … Read More

How to Get the Size of a Directory from Command Line

Mar 9, 2017 - 5 Comments
Get the size of a directory by command line

Want to see the size of a directory from the command line? You may have noticed that using the traditional ls command to list the contents of a a directory won’t necessarily show the total size of a directory. Instead, to see what the disk usage is for a specific directory you’ll want to use … Read More

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