Mac OS X File Sharing
Learn about File Sharing.
File Sharing allows your Mac to share files and folders with other Macs and PCs on your network.
- Your file sharing settings may be overridden by your network router's firewall, the firewalls on other computers, or the firewall in Mac OS X v10.5 or later. Please see this article for details. Refer to your vendor's documentation about firewalls for third-party computers or routers.
- Before you begin, you might want to create all the user and group accounts you will need in Users & Groups preferences (in OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Lion) or Accounts preferences (in Mac OS X v10.5 or Mac OS X v10.6). See this article for details. You can set up your Mac to allow specific user and group accounts access to certain folders with appropriate access privileges.
Open Sharing preferences
- Log in with an administrator user account. To enable and configure file sharing you need to know the name and password of an administrator account on your Mac.
- From the Apple Key
- choose System Preferences.
- Type File Sharing in the System Preferences search field, and press Enter.
Select folders to share
Below the Shared Folders list, click the Add (+) button. Find the folder you want to share. To select multiple folders, press and hold the Shift key while selecting folders with the mouse.
In the example below, the folders named "Juan Chavez's Public Folder" and "Mac 101" (/Users/Mac 101) have been selected for sharing.
Repeat this process for all folders you wish to share.
Note: You can also directly select a folder in the Finder to share. Select the folder, choose Get Info from the File menu, and enable "Shared Folder" to share it (or deselect "Shared Folder" to stop sharing the folder).
Tip: When you open a shared folder, a "Shared Folder" banner appears in its Finder window, as well as any subfolder windows.