OS X Mavericks: Share your Mac with others on your network

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You can set up your Mac to share files, folders, and other services with users on your network. You can also share your screen, or share a printer connected to your Mac.

Use the information on this page to help you choose which services to share, and whom to share with.

DVD or CD sharing

If you install the DVD or CD Sharing Setup software, users of other computers should be able to access your DVD or CD drive. This can be helpful if the other computer doesn’t have an optical drive, or if you want to provide access to your optical drive to other computers on your Ethernet or wireless network.

Screen sharing

Let others share your screen. The other user sees what’s on your screen and can open, move, and close files and windows, open apps, and even restart your Mac.

File sharing

Share your Mac with everyone, or restrict the sharing service to allow specific users access to only certain folders. You can share files using Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), or Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

Printer sharing

If you have a printer connected to your Mac, you can let others on your network use it.

Remote login

If you allow remote login, you can use Secure Shell (SSH) to log in to your Mac from another location.

Remote Management

If your Mac is remotely managed using Apple Remote Desktop, turn on remote managment in Sharing preferences.

Remote Apple events

Set your Mac to respond to events sent from other computers on a network.

Internet sharing

Share your Internet connection with other computers on your local network.

Bluetooth sharing

If your Mac is Bluetooth enabled or you have a Bluetooth USB adapter connected to your Mac, you can share files with other Bluetooth enabled computers and devices.

Last Modified: Oct 20, 2015

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