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How to Reset MacOS Password with Terminal

May 11, 2021 - 8 Comments
How to Reset MacOS Password with Terminal

Can’t log in to your Mac because you forgot or lost your user password? That can be stressful, but don’t freak out quite yet. Whether it’s your primary admin password or password to a standard user account on someone else’s mac, you can reset it in a couple of minutes.

Make an Intel Mac Boot Directly to Startup Manager

Feb 26, 2021 - 10 Comments
Terminal in macOS

If you have an Intel Mac, you can make it boot directly into the boot disk options startup manager by issuing an nvram terminal command. This could be helpful for advanced users in particular whether they’re troubleshooting, have dual boot situations with multiple versions of macOS, macOS and Windows 10 in Boot Camp, macOS and … Read More

How to Update Homebrew on Mac

Feb 13, 2021 - 1 Comment
Homebrew for Mac

Want to update Homebrew and your packages? Of course you do! Homebrew is a popular package manager for Mac that easily allows users to install and manage command line tools, apps, and utilities, typically familiar with the Linux and Unix world. Because it’s a package manager, you won’t need to manually build anything from source … Read More

Installing HomeBrew on Apple Silicon Macs Natively Supported

Feb 6, 2021 - Leave a Comment
Install Homebrew on Mac

If you’re a Homebrew fan and an Apple Silicon Mac user, you’ll be happy to discover the latest versions of Homebrew (3.0.0 and beyond) now natively support Apple Silicon architecture. You’ll still need Rosetta 2 to have some packages and formulae to work, but many are already native supported by the command line package manager.

How to Make a MacOS Big Sur ISO File

Dec 14, 2020 - 15 Comments
How to make MacOS Big Sur ISO File

Some advanced users may wish to create an ISO file of the macOS Big Sur installer file (or MacOS Catalina installer, or MacOS Mojave installers for that matter). These can be useful for installing MacOS into virtual machines like VirtualBox and VMWare, and because the resulting installer is an ISO file it can be helpful … Read More

How to Run Homebrew & x86 Terminal Apps on M1 Macs

Nov 18, 2020 - 2 Comments
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If you’re one of the early adopters who acquired an M1 Apple Silicon Mac and find that Homebrew and many other x86 terminal apps don’t yet have support for the new Arm architecture, you’ll be happy to know there’s a fairly simple workaround. The trick is to run a parallel Terminal application through Rosetta. And … Read More

How to Copy at Command Line Showing Progress & Speed Indicator

Nov 9, 2020 - 7 Comments
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Ever wished you could see the transfer progress and speed of copying files at the command line? If you’re familiar with the command line of Mac OS, Linux, or any other Unix operating system, you likely use the ‘cp’ or ditto commands to copy files, directories, and other data. The ditto and cp command is … Read More

How to Create macOS Big Sur Beta Bootable USB Install Drive

Aug 14, 2020 - 5 Comments
How to make a macOS Big Sur beta boot installer drive

Advanced Mac users often want to make a boot disk installer for macOS Big Sur beta, allowing for something like a USB flash drive to be used to boot and install macOS Big Sur onto any compatible Mac. Bootable MacOS installer USB drives provide for the ability to clean install macOS Big Sur, update to … Read More

How to Convert a MacOS Installer to ISO

Jul 20, 2020 - 16 Comments
macOS installer ISO

Advanced Mac users may wish to convert a MacOS Installer application into an ISO file. Typically the resulting installer ISO files are used for installing macOS into virtual machines like VMWare or VirtualBox, but they can also be used to burn the ISO to media to create a boot disk. This offers an alternative to … Read More

What Are Relocated Items in macOS Big Sur / Catalina & Can I Delete Them?

Jun 15, 2020 - 5 Comments
Relocated Items folder

If you have updated to macOS Big Sur 11 or macOS 10.15 Catalina or later from an older version of Mac OS, you might find a new folder on your Desktop called “Relocated Items”. The Relocated Items folder can be confusing and look scary, especially if you aren’t expecting to see it. But you needn’t … Read More

How to List All Cron Jobs on a Mac or Linux PC

Jun 5, 2020 - 7 Comments
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Need to quickly see a list of all cron jobs on a computer? You can easily see all scheduled cron jobs by using the crontab command, and seeing cron data works the same on Mac as well as Linux and most other unix environments too. Perhaps you have a script or task running and you’re … Read More

How to Enable Startup Boot Sound Chime on Newer Macs

Apr 29, 2020 - 12 Comments
How to enable boot chime sound on newer Macs

Want to re-enable the startup boot chime sound effect on a new Mac? You can do that with a command line string entered into the Macs Terminal. As you may know, new Macs default to not making a startup boot chime sound effect, this is in contrast to every prior Mac model which included a … Read More

How to Fix Cron Permission Issues in macOS Big Sur, Catalina, & Mojave

Apr 27, 2020 - 6 Comments
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Some advanced Mac users may have noticed that certain shell scripts with cron, cron jobs, and crontab are either not working at all, or not able to function properly in the newest versions of MacOS, notably Mojave 10.14, Catalina 10.15, macOS Big Sur 11, and later. Depending on the situation, this may be accompanied by … Read More

How to Download Full MacOS Installers from Command Line

Apr 13, 2020 - 49 Comments
How to download full macOS Installer applications from Terminal

Mac users can download full complete MacOS installers directly from the command line. This is an incredibly useful feature particularly if you want to build USB boot drive installers, you manage multiple Macs, or you simply want to have full access to a complete installer application of MacOS for any other purpose. With this particular … Read More

How to Adjust Screen Brightness on Mac from Command Line

Aug 14, 2019 - 2 Comments
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Want to change the screen brightness on Mac from the command line? You can use the Terminal to adjust screen brightness to be brighter or dimmer with a few different methods, as we’ll demonstrate here. First we’ll show you a handy way to increase or decrease Mac screen brightness using osascript at the command line, … Read More

How to Fix Unzip Error “End-of-central-directory signature not found”

May 12, 2019 - 4 Comments
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Rarely, you may attempt to unzip a zip archive and come across an error that states “End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on the last disk(s) of this … Read More

How to Log Off Another Users ssh Connection by Command Line in Mac OS or Linux

Apr 3, 2019 - 4 Comments
How to log off an ssh user

Using SSH, or Secure Shell, is a very common way to establish remote connections to Mac and Linux machines from the command line. If you’re a systems administrator, or if you have SSH enabled on a Mac for another reason, you may eventually need to log off another users ssh connection. There are several ways … Read More

How to Use zsh as Default in Terminal for Mac OS

Dec 29, 2018 - 5 Comments
Terminal in macOS

Zsh, or z shell, is a popular shell alternative to bash and tcsh, complete with many improvements and customization options offered through the Oh-My-ZSH project. If you’d like to use zsh as the default shell in Terminal for Mac OS rather than bash, you can do so rather easily with taking the following steps:

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