sharing - macOS


The sharing command in macOS allows users to manage file and screen sharing settings, configure permissions, and control discoverability on the local network. It provides a simple and comprehensive interface for modifying sharing preferences.


sharing [options] [command]


  • -a, –all: Display all sharing options.
  • -f, –folder: Manage file sharing settings.
  • -s, –screen: Manage screen sharing settings.
  • -d, –discoverable: Set the Discoverable on Network status.
  • -n, –name: Set the computer name for network sharing.
  • -t, –type: Specify the sharing type (e.g., AFP, SMB, NFS).


Enable File Sharing:

sharing -f on

Set Computer Name for Network Sharing:

sharing -n MyMac

Disable Remote Desktop Connection (screen sharing):

sharing -s off

Display All Sharing Options:

sharing -a

Common Issues

  • Permissions Errors: Ensure that the user has sufficient permissions to modify sharing settings.
  • Firewall Blocking: Check if the firewall is blocking incoming connections for the desired sharing protocols.
  • Network Configuration: Verify that the computer is properly connected to the network and has a valid IP address.


The sharing command can be used in conjunction with:

  • dscl: Manage network users and groups.
  • launchctl: Control services, including sharing services.
  • networksetup: Configure network settings.
  • sudo: Execute commands with elevated privileges.
  • System Preferences: Manage sharing settings graphically.
  • Apple Remote Desktop: Control remote Macs from a central location.