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 Clear Icon Cache on Mac

May 23, 2022 - 8 Comments
Clear icon cache on the Mac

Occasionally, Mac users may notice that icons in the Finder of MacOS or the Dock of MacOS either display as generic icons, or the icons do not align with what they should (for example, seeing a generic document icon instead of a PDF thumbnail, or seeing a VLC icon instead of a zip archive icon, … Read More

How to Check SHA512 Checksum on Mac

May 8, 2022 - 2 Comments
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SHA512 hashes are often used to determine data integrity, whether for matching a downloaded file to an original on a server, or for command output, or to make sure a file transfer was successful, or not tampered with. Checking a SHA512 hash is pretty easy on a Mac, thanks to bundled command line tools that … Read More

Easily Bulk Download & Install Mac Apps with

May 2, 2022 - 3 Comments
Download and install a bunch of Mac apps at once via the command line

Ready to automate Mac app downloads and installs? If you’re setting up a new Mac, you probably know how tedious it is to manually navigate to a bunch of different developer websites, and to individually download and install all the Mac apps you may want. This is a necessary but time consuming procedure for setting … Read More

How to Change or Remove Font Smoothing on MacOS Monterey & Big Sur

Apr 6, 2022 - 6 Comments
How to Change or Remove Font Smoothing on Mac

Are you noticing blurry text on your Mac’s display while navigating through the menu and across apps? More specifically, has this been an issue ever since you updated to macOS Monterey or Big Sur, and on a non-retina display? If so, chances are, font smoothing is enabled by default, and for some users they feel … Read More

Enable Low Power Mode on Mac via Command Line

Mar 30, 2022 - 2 Comments
Enable Low Power Mode on Mac Laptop from the command line

If you are a Mac laptop user and you spend a lot of time at the command line, you may appreciate knowing that you can enable Low Power Mode on a Mac laptop through a terminal command. Enabling Low Power Mode through the command line on a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook is the … Read More

How to Install nano Text Editor on Mac Again

Mar 27, 2022 - 9 Comments
Get nano on macOS again instead of pico

If you have attempted to use nano at the command line on MacOS recently, you may have noticed that the pico text editor is launched instead, via a symlink for /usr/bin/nano to pico. This is because the latest versions of MacOS remove the nano text editor from the command line for whatever reason, and instead … Read More

Run Shortcuts from the Command Line on Mac

Feb 28, 2022 - Leave a Comment

The Mac includes a command line interface to run and interact with Shortcuts app. This could be potentially useful to some macOS users who rely on the Shortcuts app for scripting and automation, and who spend a lot of time in the Terminal The currently available shortcuts command line flags include ‘run’, ‘list’, ‘view’, and … Read More

Merge Multiple Terminal Windows into Tabs on Mac

Feb 17, 2022 - Leave a Comment
Merge all windows into terminal tabs

Have a bunch of Terminal windows open on your Mac that’d you like to merge into a single tabbed window? No problem, you can stop juggling several different terminal windows and get them all sorted out into a nice and easy to manage single tabbed window, thanks to a handy feature built into the Terminal … Read More

Making Python 3 Default in MacOS

Feb 15, 2022 - 7 Comments
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Python users on the Mac are likely aware that Python is being deprecated from macOS 12.3 onward, and will no longer be preinstalled on the Mac. But Python remains an incredibly popular programming language, and if you rely on Python you’ll likely want to continue to have Python available in macOS. It’s easy to get … Read More

How to Get a Split Terminal on Mac

Feb 9, 2022 - 1 Comment
Get Split Screen Terminal windows on Mac

Want a vertically split set of Terminals on the Mac, so that you can have two concurrent terminals running side by side for executing their own commands? Of course you do, this is a staple feature of many terminal apps for linux and unix command lines, so having this feature on the Mac is a … Read More

How to Find Comprehensive Mac System Info via Terminal

Feb 2, 2022 - Leave a Comment
Extensive Mac system info with system profiler command

If you’d like to find comprehensive system information about a Mac, you’ll find the Terminal is an excellent way to retrieve this data quickly. We’ll provide a handy command that reveals extensive system information about a Mac, including the current system software version and build number, kernel version, boot volume, boot mode, computer name, active … Read More

Run a New Terminal Command Directly from the Dock on Mac

Jan 24, 2022 - 2 Comments
Run new Terminal command from the Mac Dock

Need to run a Terminal command as fast as possible? You can do so right from the Dock with this neat trick for Mac.

Fix Oh My Zsh “Insecure completion-dependent directories detected”

Dec 29, 2021 - Leave a Comment
Oh My Zsh Insecure Completion Dependent Directories message

If you recently installed Oh My Zsh or updated a Mac running Oh My Zsh, you may encounter a large error message screen upon launching new terminal windows. The error usually states “Insecure completion-dependent directories detected”, and showing a series of /usr/local/share/zsh/ directories whose permissions zsh considers insecure. There are two choices to deal with … Read More

How to Save & Quit in VIM or VI

Dec 27, 2021 - 2 Comments
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If you’re new to VI or VIM, the command line text editors, you may be wondering some of the basics, like how to save files, or how to both save and quit in vim in one fell swoop.

How to Check sha256 Hash of a File on Mac

Dec 17, 2021 - 3 Comments
Terminal in macOS

Need to check the sha256 hash of a file? You can easily check the SHA 256 checksum of any file in macOS from the command line. We’ll cover two different command line tools to verify a sha256 checksum on the Mac, and both come preinstalled with all modern versions of MacOS.

How to Uninstall Oh My Zsh on Mac

Nov 28, 2021 - Leave a Comment
how to uninstall oh my zsh on Mac

If you had previously installed Oh My Zsh on a Mac and now have decided you no longer want it on the computer, you can remove and uninstall Oh My Zsh with a very simple command string.

Where the .zshrc File is Located on Mac

Nov 18, 2021 - 1 Comment
zshrc file on Mac

Wondering where the .zshrc file is located on a Mac? If you’re a Mac command line user who is interested in using and customizing the zsh shell, or using something like Oh My Zsh, you may be curious to know what and where the .zshrc file is located, and how to access it so that … Read More

How to Install Oh My Zsh on Mac

Nov 15, 2021 - Leave a Comment
Install Oh My Zsh on Mac

Want to try out Oh My Zsh in your Terminal? Oh My Zsh is a popular zsh configuration manager, offering tons of themes, functions, helpers, plugins, and other handy features for command line users. It’s used heavily by many who spend a lot of time in the command line, whether for development, administration, or just … Read More

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