You are in command! ⌘

9th August 2017

This post will awaken the power beneath your fingertips by bestowing upon you the awesomeness that is Terminal.



With just a few terminal commands you can perform tasks on your Mac without a single mouse click and unlock hidden abilities within your operating system.

WARNING: INCORRECT USE OF TERMINAL COMMANDS CAN CAUSE MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM - USE WISELY - DON'T ATTEMPT THESE COMMANDS ON A MISSION-CRITICAL MAC.

Ok... Here are just a few...

Talking Mac

say hello world!

Read a txt file aloud (replace FILENAME.txt with the name of the file you want to be read
say -o audio.aiff -f FILENAME.txt

Enable Airdop on older Macs
defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces -bool TRUE

Show hidden files and folders
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool TRUE

Install software updates
sudo softwareupdate -l

Display a custom message at login
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText "Hey, Sticky Hands!"

Download a file without a web browser
curl -0 http://appldnld.apple.com/iTunes11/091-6058.20130605.Cw321/iTunes11.0.4.dmg
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