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OS X - Turn Bonjour off or on via the command line

04-06-2013 | Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article

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This little snippet switches off Bonjour on OS X via the command line or Apple Remote Desktop. This is useful when you want to disable iChat or Messages chatting on the local network.

Bonjour is Apple's implementation of Zero configuration networking (Zeroconf), a group of technologies that includes service discovery, address assignment, and hostname resolution. Bonjour locates devices such as printers, other computers, and the services that those devices offer on a local network using multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) service records.

To turn it off execute this command:

defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ ProgramArguments -array-add "-NoMulticastAdvertisements"

To turn it on again:

defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ ProgramArguments -array "/usr/sbin/mDNSResponder" "-launchd"

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