Need to open a website quickly on a Mac? You’re in luck, because you can open a website URL from just about anywhere on a Mac by using Spotlight. This is arguably the fastest way to get to a website by URL, aside from launching a website bookmark from the Mac Dock anyway.
You need a somewhat modern version of Mac OS on the Mac for this Spotlight trick to work as intended. It appears that Spotlight in High Sierra, El Capitan, Sierra, and onward all support this capability, but share with us in the comments below what your experience is.
You can open a domain (i.e. sydneycbd.repair) or a full link with a longer URL (i.e. https://sydneycbd.repair/how-to-open-website-urls-from-anywhere-on-mac-with-spotlight/), we’ll show you how each works separately.
How to Open a Website URL from Spotlight on Mac
This is a super simple Spotlight trick which makes it all the better:
From just about anywhere in Mac OS (Finder, another app, etc), hit Command+Spacebar to bring up Spotlight
Type the URL you want to open, for example:
Hit Return to immediately open the webpage URL you just typed
The webpage URL will open and load in your default web browser on the Mac (which is Safari unless otherwise specified). For example, if your default browser is set to Safari and you type “sydneycbd.repair” into Spotlight and hit Return, it would load your favorite website, sydneycbd.repair (why thank you, we’re flattered!) into Safari in a new tab or window.
Also noteworthy is if you type a URL into Spotlight but just hover over the entry in Spotlight, you can see a little preview of the webpage.
How to Open Any Long Link or URL from Spotlight on a Mac
Let’s say you have a longer link that you’d like to open instead, you can do that with Spotlight too. The process is just slightly different:
Copy the full link / URL to your clipboard on the Mac, for example here is a URL you could select and copy with Command+C to try this with:
Now hit Command + Spacebar to summon Spotlight as usual
Hit Command+V to Paste the full copied link into the Spotlight search, then hit Return key to open the URL in your default web browser
For many users these tricks may be faster than opening a web browser first, and then typing in a new link, or pasting a Url directly into the URL bar to load.
And remember, this will use your Mac default web browser which you can change to whatever browser you prefer. In the screenshot examples it is using Safari Tech Preview but you can use Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or your browser of choice as long as it is the default set.
Give these little Spotlight URL tricks a try and see how you like them with your own Mac workflow! It’s fast and easy!
Did you know that you can delete any specific Safari history item from the web browsers history stored on a Mac? While many Mac Safari users likely already know they can clear Safari history for the past hour, day, two days, or clear all history from the browser, far fewer users know that it’s possible to selectively delete specific browser history items from Safari on the Mac.
Removing items from Safari history is useful for many obvious reasons, whether you’d like to remove a secret from browser history, delete an embarrassing webpage visit or browsing session, or even if you want to correct an
The ability to delete specific items and history from Safari History is fairly easy, and is largely version agnostic, so as long as the Mac is vaguely new and running anything other than an ultra antiquated version of software, the version of Safari and Mac OS or Mac OS X should support specific history removal.
Do note deleting an item from Safari history on the Mac is permanent, at least until that site(s) or webpage(s) have either been visited again, or unless a backup of the Mac has been restored to the computer. You can not undo removal of Safari history items.
How to Delete Specific History from Safari on Mac
You can selectively remove any item found within Safari history on a Mac by following these instructions:
Open the Safari web browser if you haven’t already
Pull down the “History” menu, then select “Show All History”
Locate the specific Safari browser history item you want to remove (either through the list view or by searching Safari history for word matches)
Select the item you want to delete from Safari history
Hit the “Delete” key on the Mac keyboard, or right-click and choose “Delete” from the pop-up menu
Repeat with other items you want to remove from Safari history on the Mac
You can delete any individual search history from Safari this way.
This tip is particularly useful when combined with the Safari History Search feature, since you can find specific keywords, terms, webpages, websites, and topics within History if you want to selectively delete the history within the browser for any found occurrences.
You can also go for the drastic option of clearing all web history data in Safari from the Mac, though obviously wiping everything clean isn’t going to be targeted in the same way that deleting particular items from Safari History would be.
If you find yourself frequently wanting to delete specific Safari history items, you may be better off preemptively using Private Browsing mode in Safari for Mac, which does not leave any browser history when active.
It’s worth mentioning that whether you delete Safari history or use private browsing mode or not, your browsing sessions are not going to be truly anonymous or private because of the nature of how browsers, DNS, ISPs, and the internet in general work. While removing local history will remove traces of a website visit from a particular computer and perhaps hide the visit from yourself or another person, that local data removal has no impact on the various remote servers or the underlying infrastructure used to access websites or the internet in the first place, which separately will track all internet data like website visits and browsing sessions (and they may sell that data too). If you do want to attempt a more anonymized web browsing experience, you’d need to turn to anonymous web browsing apps like TOR or a privacy-conscious VPN service, though even those are not infallible nor perfect.
As usual, iOS users are not left out either, as you can delete specific history items from Safari on iPhone and iPad too using a similar method. And it’s worth mentioning these browser history tricks apply to most other browsers like Chrome and Firefox too, though we’re obviously focused on Safari here.
CloudFlare now has a consumer DNS service that is very fast and also centered around privacy. CloudFlare DNS says they won’t log IP addresses or sell your data, which in the modern era is perhaps more important than ever for users who value the vague concept of internet privacy.
This article will show you how to setup and use CloudFlare DNS on a Mac.
For some quick background, DNS is what links an IP address to an easy to read domain name, and it’s sort of like an internet directory service. The faster the DNS requests are, the faster your general internet performance will be because there is less time spent performing lookups to associate an IP address to a domain name. No, it won’t increase the actual transfer speeds, but using faster DNS may increase the response time of accessing various internet services and websites. But as mentioned above, it’s not just speed that makes Cloudflare DNS enticing, it’s the privacy-centric nature of the service, if you’re interested in learning more you can read more here from Cloudflare.
How to Setup Cloudflare DNS on Mac OS
If you’re already familiar with changing DNS servers on Mac OS then this process should be familiar to you, the main difference then is the addition of the Cloudflare DNS IP of 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. Here are the full steps:
Go to the Apple menu and then select “System Preferences”
Choose the “Network” control panel
Select “Wi-Fi” from the sidebar and then click on the “Advanced” button
Choose the “DNS” tab
Now click the “+” plus button to add a new DNS server, and enter: 220.127.116.11
Click the “+” plus button again and add another new DNS server: 18.104.22.168
If other DNS entries exist, click and drag the “22.214.171.124” and “126.96.36.199” entries above them in the list, or for maximum privacy and to rely entirely on Cloudflare DNS, delete the other DNS entries (it is recommended to make a note of any pre-configured DNS IP addresses just in case)
Click the “OK” button and then click “Apply”
When you apply the network setting changes your internet connection will likely temporarily disconnect and reconnect again.
You should not need to quit and relaunch any networking apps for the change to take effect, but to be thorough you may want to anyway. Or you can reboot your computer.
Likewise it shouldn’t be necessary to flush DNS caches but you’re welcome to clear DNS cache anyway, you can learn how to reset DNS cache in MacOS High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, and other Mac OS X versions if need be.
If you have multiple Macs and decide you want to use CloudFlare DNS on all of them, you’ll want to repeat the same DNS configuring setup process on each of them, and you could also change DNS servers on iPhone or iPad if you want to set those to use the service as well.
How do I know if Cloudflare DNS is faster for me?
This is a great question, since every user and every ISP will likely have different performance for different DNS providers. Fortunately there are multiple ways to check DNS performance:
Use a DNS comparison test, like DNSPerfTest (discussed below) or NameBench
If you want to run a DNS comparison speed test yourself from your own Mac, and you’re savvy with the command line, you can save this bash script as dnstest.sh (via cleanbrowsing) to your local directory, and then run the following command:
In each of my own personal tests, Cloudflare DNS was the fastest, but individual results may vary per location, ISP, and other variables.
If this interests you then try it out yourself and see if it’s faster for you, but even if it’s not, some people may opt to use CloudFlare DNS for the purported privacy benefit. That’s a personal decision, so whether you want to use CloudFlare DNS, your ISP provided DNS, or any other DNS.
Some Mac users may encounter a weird issue where they attempt to single click their mouse or trackpad but a double-click is registered instead of the intended single click. This is obviously frustrating since a double-click in the wrong place can perform actions you may not want to perform, like full screening a window or opening an app, folder, or document, or even something more annoying.
If you have noticed that a Mac is erroneously registering double-clicks instead of single clicks of the mouse or trackpad, read on to learn a few ways to troubleshoot the issue and potentially resolve the problem.
Check the Mouse / Trackpad Hardware
Sometimes erroneous click behavior can be due to an actual hardware problem with the mouse or trackpad, as well.
The first thing if you suspect this is the case is to insure the Mouse is clean. A grimy mouse stuffed full of gunk, dust, and whatever else can cause clicks to register incorrectly or not register at all. Thus, cleaning the mouse or trackpad surface is a good place to start.
Rarely, the mouse accessory may be damaged and in such a situation, replacing the accessory can be necessary. I’ve experienced a mouse go haywire after they have been damaged from water contact, so if you have ever spilled coffee on a mouse, thrown it out the window, or used it as a mace to ward off an alien invasion, it may have an actual physical issue that makes the clicking activity not work properly. This is particularly relevant if you’re experiencing more than just improper click registry, but also other unusual behavior with a mouse or trackpad, like errant or missing cursor movements. If you’re periodically experiencing improper click registrations along with random inability to click a mouse or trackpad at all, you’ll also want to do a thorough check of the hardware condition and battery (if applicable).
The physical condition of the mouse or trackpad can also make a difference though that alone is not always an indicator of a problem. For example, I have a faulty Logitech mouse that routinely registers improper clicking activity despite being in pristine condition, and I have another beat up Logitech mouse that works great. Trying out another external USB mouse is a fairly simple way to determine if the issue is a hardware problem or not, if you don’t have one handy you can always get a new USB mouse as they are quite cheap.
How to Stop Single Clicks Registering as Double-Clicks on Mac
A common software reason that single-clicks are registered as double-clicks, or at least perceived as so, are mouse settings on the individual Mac OS installation. One setting in particular may be helpful to adjust:
Go to the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”
Look for the “Double-Click Speed” setting, and adjust the Slow-Fast dial further towards “Fast” (or all the way)
Some users who are unable to rapidly double-click may not be able to use the most aggressive “Fast” setting approach to resolve this issue unfortunately, but by experimenting with the various double-click speed settings for the Mouse hopefully users will be able to find a solution which works for them.
Sometimes this setting is tucked into Accessibility options, depending on what version of Mac OS you are using, in which case you’d look for it in System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad
The double-click speed setting has been to blame (and blamed) for this issue for quite some time and it can impact almost any version of Mac OS or Mac OS X (as you’ll notice on Apple Discussion boards: 1, 2). From the software side of things, it’s one of the first settings to adjusting see if it makes an impact.
Going further, if you’re still experiencing issues with erroneous double-clicks coming from single-clicks, you may want to follow these instructions to troubleshoot weird mouse and trackpad behavior on a Mac.
Advanced Mac users, administrators, and developers who wish to test Mac OS in 64-bit mode can do so with the help of a terminal command. Essentially this will only allow 64-bit applications and processes to run on the Mac, which can be helpful for discovering what (if any) apps, tasks, components, processes, and items may need updating, or could be problematic in future Mac OS releases that no longer offer full 32-bit compatibility. While 64-bit only mode is active, no 32-bit processes will execute at all.
Testing out MacOS in 64-bit only mode requires Mac OS 10.13.4 or later to be installed on the computer, earlier versions of system do not support this capability. And obviously the Mac itself must be 64-bit as well, which nearly all modern Macs (post-Intel switch) are, so if it’s running a modern Mac OS release that is covered.
This is truly intended for advanced Mac users who are testing compatibility for a particular reason, novice users will likely find that enabling 64-bit only mode is going to lead to problems with existing software, and thus it is not recommended for most people to test out 64-bit only mode. For the majority of Mac users, simply finding 32-bit apps on their Mac, updating those apps when possible, and understanding the implications of future Mac OS releases not supporting 32-bit apps is sufficient.
How to Enable 64-Bit Mode for Mac OS
Open the “Terminal” application, which is found within the /Applications/Utilities/ directory
Enter the following command string exactly:
sudo nvram boot-args="-no32exec"
Hit return and authenticate with sudo to execute the command properly
Restart the Mac
Note that once you’re in 64-bit mode, no 32-bit process will launch or work. That includes any 32-bit apps, software components, Dashboard widgets, web plugins, preference panels, background tasks and processes, and anything else that is 32-bit.
If you try to open a 32-bit app when in 64-bit mode, the app will fail to launch and show a message stating the app can not be opened.
Noteworthy is that in prior macOS 10.13.4 release notes, Apple has indicated that 64-bit only mode may eventually provide additional developer-centric information to help test apps and software, but that does not yet appear to be implemented.
How to Disable 64-bit Only Mode in Mac OS
Launch Terminal and enter the following command string:
sudo nvram boot-args=""
Hit return and then reboot the Mac for the change to take effect
Disabling 64-bit only mode just puts the Mac back where it was before, which is able to run 32-bit apps but with a warning about future compatibility and performance.
In the not too distant future, it’s likely that 32-bit apps will soon not work at all in upcoming Mac OS system software releases, which is why it’s important to either get necessary software updated to be 64-bit, or perhaps just avoid future MacOS software versions that do not offer full 32-bit support and compatibility.
If you’re concerned about software compatibility and 64-bit only versions of Mac OS, you can always avoid the MacOS High Sierra updates completely, along with any other future MacOS system software releases that are likely to lose 32-bit support, at least until you have replacement software or have another solution worked out for a particular environment.
Bloomberg reports that Apple is going to oust Intel from Macs in the next few years.
Apple Inc. is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel Corp., according to people familiar with the plans.
The initiative, code named Kalamata, is still in the early developmental stages, but comes as part of a larger strategy to make all of Apple’s devices — including Macs, iPhones, and iPads — work more similarly and seamlessly together, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The project, which executives have approved, will likely result in a multi-step transition.
The shift would be a blow to Intel, whose partnership helped revive Apple’s Mac success and linked the chipmaker to one of the leading brands in electronics. Apple provides Intel with about 5 percent of its annual revenue, according to Bloomberg supply chain analysis.
Intel shares dropped as much as 9.2 percent, the biggest intraday drop in more than two years, on the news. They were down 6.4 percent at $48.75 at 3:30 p.m. in New York.
Apple could still theoretically abandon or delay the switch. The company declined to comment. Intel said, “We don’t comment on speculation about our customers.”
For Apple, the change would be a defining moment. Intel chips remain some of the only major processor components designed by others inside Apple’s product portfolio. Currently, all iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs use main processors designed by Apple and based on technology from Arm Holdings Plc. Moving to its own chips inside Macs would let Apple release new models on its own timelines, instead of relying on Intel’s processor roadmap.
“We think that Apple is looking at ways to further integrate their hardware and software platforms, and they’ve clearly made some moves in this space, trying to integrate iOS and macOS,” said Shannon Cross, an analyst at Cross Research. “It makes sense that they’re going in this direction. If you look at incremental R&D spend, it’s gone into ways to try to vertically integrate their components so they can add more functionality for competitive differentiation.”
The shift would also allow Cupertino, California-based Apple to more quickly bring new features to all of its products and stand out from the competition. Using its own main chips would make Apple the only major PC maker to use its own processors. Dell Technologies Inc., HP Inc., Lenovo Group Ltd., and Asustek Computer Inc. use Intel chips.
By using its own chips, Apple would be able to more tightly integrate new hardware and software, potentially resulting in systems with better battery life — similar to iPads, which use Apple chips.
While the transition to Apple chips in hardware is planned to begin as early as 2020, the changes to the software side will begin even before that. Apple’s iPhones and iPads with custom chips use the iOS operating system, while Mac computers with Intel chips run on a different system called macOS. Apple has slowly been integrating user-facing features over the past several years, and more recently starting sharing lower-level features like a new file management system.
As part of the larger initiative to make Macs work more like iPhones, Apple is working on a new software platform, internally dubbed Marzipan, for release as early as this year that would allow users to run iPhone and iPad apps on Macs, Bloomberg News reported last year.
The company has also previously released Macs with ARM-based co-processors, which run an iOS-like operating system, for specific functions like security. The latest MacBook Pro and iMac Pro include the co-processors. Apple plans to add that chip to a new version of its Mac Pro, to be released by next year, and new Mac laptops this year, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Intel has dominated computing processors for more than a decade, taking market share from Advanced Micro Devices Inc., its only rival in the market. Intel also designs and builds modem chips for some iPhone models so that they can connect to cellular networks and make calls. While Apple is down the list of computer sellers by unit shipments, it’s third when measured by revenue last year, highlighting the premium status of its products.
Apple’s decision to switch away from Intel in PC’s wouldn’t have a major impact on the chipmaker’s earnings because sales to the iPhone maker only constitute a small amount of its total, said Kevin Cassidy, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. A bigger concern would be if this represents part of a wider trend of big customers moving to designing their own components, he said.
In 2005, Apple announced a move to Intel chips in its Macs, an initiative that put former Intel Chief Executive Officer Paul Ottelini on stage with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. It was a partnership that shook up the PC industry and saw Apple shift away from chips co-developed by IBM and Motorola.
Apple’s current chip designs made their name in thin and light mobile devices. That would indicate Apple will start the transition with laptops before moving the designs into more demanding desktop models. Apple has to walk the fine line of moving away from Intel chips without sacrificing the speed and capabilities of its Macs.
A decision to go with ARM technology in computers might lend it credibility where it has failed to gain a foothold so far. Qualcomm Inc., the biggest mobile phone chip provider, is working with PC makers to introduce new thin and light laptops based on its chips in another attempt to steal share from Intel. Microsoft Corp. is supporting that effort by providing a version of its Windows operating system for ARM technology-based chips.
Intel’s dominance of the market has been based on its ability to use leading manufacturing technology to produce processors that are more powerful than those of its competitors. Its would-be rivals haven’t yet produced designs that have displaced Intel’s products when it comes to crunching data quickly.
Apple’s custom processors have been recently manufactured principally by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. Its decision may signal confidence that TSMC and other suppliers such as Samsung Electronics Co. have closed the gap on Intel’s manufacturing lead and can produce processors that are just as powerful.
Intel is starving for a chunk of iPhone’s chip business.
A (very brief) report from Ian King and Mark Gurman at Bloomberg states that Apple will begin using its own chips in Macs, replacing processors from Intel, beginning in 2020. The report only cites “people familiar with the plans,” but Gurman has a very good track record for Apple rumors.
Of course, predicting the moves of any major tech company two years out is sketchy at best; even if you’re accurate at the time, plans can and do change.
The report is very brief and developing, but it says the initiative is code-named Kalamata and is part of a larger effort to get iOS devices and macOS devices to work together better. The plan has been approved by company executives, and the transition away from Intel chips will probably happen in multiple steps.
The impact on you at home: If this comes to pass, it’s an absolute bombshell. Apple is absolutely capable of producing some incredibly speedy chips—many have noted that the A11 in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X is already as fast as some Intel CPUs used in MacBooks. Creating chips for use in larger, more powerful Macs (iMacs and Mac Pros) is a bigger challenge, but one that Apple’s engineers seem up to.
This would herald a major shift on the software side, though. MacOS and the myriad of applications made for it are simply not compatible with the architecture of Apple’s current chips. Apple has three options: it can completely change macOS to only support its own ARM-compatible architecture (breaking compatibility with all current apps), it can prefer apps for its own architecture but emulate the x86 instruction set to run “legacy” applications (somewhat similar to the Qualcomm Snapdragon Windows 10 PCs), or it can produce its own x86-compatible chips (which seems unlikely if the goal is to make Macs and iPhones/iPads move closer together). The last two options may involve tricky licensing agreements that Intel may not want to agree to.
Apple has made major changes to its operating system in the past, requiring significant updates from developers, but the company is now much bigger with greater reach. Such a major shift in the way Macs operate and the way developers write applications for them will have to be managed very carefully.
Want to play an mp3, m4a, or audio file on a Mac, but you don’t want to add that MP3 or audio file to your iTunes Library?
There are a few different ways to accomplish this task; one approach allows you to play an audio file in an iTunes playlist without copying it to the iTunes music library, and that works in iTunes for both Mac and Windows, and two other approaches will allow you to play audio files and mp3s on a Mac without using iTunes at all, instead utilizing either Quick Time or Quick Look, thereby never adding those audio files into iTunes or any playlist.
These tricks can be useful for one-off audio files that you just want to listen to but don’t want to permanently store on the computer. Maybe it’s a shared voice memo from an iPhone, maybe it’s a podcast you don’t want to store or listen to again, perhaps it’s a shared voicemail from an iPhone, or maybe it’s an audio file you need to hear but don’t want to save. There are many practical applications for this, as surely you can imagine.
In the examples below, we’ll be listening to a podcast mp3 file without adding the file itself to iTunes, the first method uses iTunes, the second option uses QuickTime, and the third option uses Quick Look.
How to Play Audio Files in iTunes Without Adding to iTunes Library
You can create a playlist for audio files without adding those audio files to the iTunes library itself. This is done by holding down a key while adding audio files to the iTunes app. Here’s how it works:
Launch iTunes on the Mac or Windows computer
From the file system of your Mac (or PC), locate the audio file you want to play in iTunes but not add to the library
Hold down the OPTION / ALT key and drag and drop the audio file into iTunes, this adds the audio file to iTunes playlist but will not copy the iTunes file to the iTunes media library
In the example screenshot below, four podcast files were added to iTunes in the general playlist, but without adding those podcast files to the audio library of iTunes itself.
This approach will add the audio file to the iTunes Library, but not copy the audio files to the iTunes media library on the computer, essentially using an alias or soft link from iTunes to the files original location on the computer.
You can later remove the audio file from iTunes playlist at any time if desired.
But what if you want to play an audio file without even adding it to the iTunes playlist or library? What if you just want to listen to an audio file without iTunes at all, perhaps for hearing a podcast once, listening to an iPhone recorded voice memo, or hearing a shared audio file just once? The next options can be useful for that scenario.
How to Play Audio Files on Mac Without iTunes by Using QuickTime
QuickTime also offers a simple way to play nearly any audio file on a Mac without having to use iTunes at all, thereby preventing the audio file from being added to either an iTunes Library or iTunes playlist. This is great for a one-off listening, and if you want to avoid iTunes in general for whatever reason.
Open QuickTime on the Mac (found in the /Applications folder)
Drag and drop the audio file into the QuickTime Dock icon, or into the QuickTime app directly to open that audio file and play it directly in QuickTime
An advantage to using Quick Time is that you can background the app while the audio file is playing, and continue to perform other functions on the Mac, similar to how iTunes plays in the background.
How to Play Audio Files with Quick Look on Mac
You an also play audio files directly in the Finder of the Mac by using Quick Look:
From the Finder of the Mac, locate the audio file you want to play
Select the audio file you want to play, then press the SPACE bar key on the Mac
The audio file will play automatically and will continue playing as long as the Quick Look preview window is open and in focus
The downside to Quick Look is that it Quick Look stops playing audio files when the Quick Look window is no longer in focus, or if another file is selected in the Finder.
Advanced Mac users may appreciate using the Homebrew package manager, which greatly simplifies the process of installing command line software and tools on a Mac.
For example, if you want to easily install favorite command line tools on a Mac like cask, htop, wget, nmap, tree, irssi, links, colordiff, or virtually any other familiar unix command line utility, you can do so with a simple command. Homebrew downloads and builds the package for you.
This is obviously aimed at more technically savvy Mac users who spend a lot of time at the command line. While there’s no particular issue for novice users installing Homebrew on their Mac, the odds of novices finding it useful are slim, unless they intend to embark on learning the command line environment. Contrast that to power users who practically live in a terminal environment, whether longtime Mac users or migrating to the platform from the Windows or Linux world, who will immediately see the value of Homebrew.
Requirements for Installing Homebrew on Mac OS
prerequisites to installing Homebrew on a Mac include the following:
A Mac running Mac OS X 10.10 or later, though earlier versions are sort of supported
Hit Return and you’ll see a series of lines about what the script will install and where, hit Return again to agree or hit Escape to cancel
Enter the administrator password (required by sudo execution) to begin installation
Installation of Homebrew will take a while depending on the speed of your Mac and internet connection, as each necessary package is downloaded and installed by the script.
When complete, you will see an “Installation successful!” message.
Now you’re ready to install software packages through Homebrew, or you can read the help documentation with the following command :
Installing Software Packages through Homebrew on Mac
Installing packages with Homebrew is super easy, just use the following syntax:
brew install [package name]
For example, to install wget through Homebrew you could use the following syntax:
brew install wget
Simple, easy. Once complete you can run wget as usual.
A quick side note; Homebrew is not the only way to install command line software, you can install command line tools on a Mac yourself and then compile and make software independently. For example, we discuss installing wget on Mac OS without Homebrew here and it uses the typical configure and make process. There’s nothing wrong with that approach (and arguably it might be preferable for users who want limited packages and a slimmer footprint) but if you’re accustomed to a package manager like dpkg, apt-get, or rpm you’ll almost certainly appreciate and prefer to use Homebrew.
How to Disable Hombebrew Analytics Tracking
Homebrew now defaults to using anonymized behavioral analytics tracking. If you do not want to participate in that or you’d just rather disable the feature to reduce network traffic or for privacy purposes, or whatever other reason, you can run the following command after successfully installing Homebrew on a Mac. This will opt out of Homebrew analytics :
brew analytics off
Hit return and after a moment or so the analytics tracking in Homebrew will be disabled.
How to Remove HomeBrew from a Mac
If you have installed Homebrew but later decide you want to remove Homebrew from a Mac for some reason or another, you can uninstall it with another ruby script run from the command line :
If you frequently use AirDrop on the Mac to send and receive files between Macs or to and from iOS devices, you may appreciate having ultra-fast access to AirDrop by having it readily available from the Dock of Mac OS.
By using a little file system trick, you can gain direct access to AirDrop through the Mac Dock, rather than having to use the Finder to navigate to the file sharing feature. This guide will walk through how to set that up on Mac.
Obviously the Mac must support AirDrop to be able to use the feature, let alone have access to it. Nearly every vaguely modern Mac supports AirDrop, and all modern MacOS operating systems support the feature, so as long as you’re reasonably up to date then compatibility shouldn’t be an issue. Adding an AirDrop icon into the Dock of the Mac is achieved by locating a shortcut to the AirDrop feature and then placing it into the Dock. This is hidden by default within a system folder, but it’s easy to retrieve with the following steps:
How to Add AirDrop to the Dock on Mac
Open the Finder of Mac OS
Pull down the “Go” menu and select “Go To Folder”
Enter the following directory path exactly, then hit Enter / Return to jump to that location in the file system:
Find the “AirDrop.app” application within the directory, then drag and drop Airdrop.app into the Dock of the Mac, arranging it for where you want the icon to be accessible
Close the /CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/ folder when finished
Now if you click on the AirDrop icon in the Mac Dock, an AirDrop window will open immediately in Finder to activate the feature, making AirDrop on the Mac ready to send and receive.
Remember, AirDrop can work to send data to and from Macs, as well as to and from iOS devices. If you’re unfamiliar with data transfer using AirDrop, the following walkthrough guides should be helpful to you:
It’s also helpful to recall that where AirDrop files go depends on the target recipients operating system, on the Mac that’s always the Downloads folder of the active user account, but in iOS it can be various places depending on the file type being sent.
Ultimately the AirDrop window accessed from the Dock this way will be the same AirDrop window you’d access in Finder when clicking on ‘AirDrop’ in the sidebar menu, or from the Go menu, or via the AirDrop keyboard shortcut, it’s just a matter of ease and speed that make adding the AirDrop icon to the Dock a helpful trick.
You may notice this is similar to how you go about adding iCloud Drive to the Mac Dock, and so while you’re performing either trick you could add another step to include that as well if it interests you.