Thank you @herrbischoff for creating this A curated list of shell commands and tools specific to OS X and functions.

Here area a couple of my favorite commands:


Enable Develop Menu and Web Inspector. This is great because it's always a pain to figure out where to turn things on and off within Safari preferences.

defaults write IncludeInternalDebugMenu -bool true && \
defaults write IncludeDevelopMenu -bool true && \
defaults write WebKitDeveloperExtrasEnabledPreferenceKey -bool true && \
defaults write -bool true && \
defaults write -g WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true


Erase Spotlight Index and Rebuild. I do like Spotlight and this makes it easier to index an external drive or maybe something on a network.

mdutil -E /path/to/volume

Search via Spotlight

mdfind -name 'searchterm'


I can't stand .DS_Store but this little script makes my life super easy by recursively deleting .DS_Store files.

find . -type f -name '*.DS_Store' -ls -delete


Renew DHCP Lease is helpful when you're doing full-stack web development.

sudo ipconfig set en0 DHCP


This outputs all applications currently using port 80. Super helpful!

sudo lsof -i :80

Show External IP Address keeps me from having to open up a browser and visit

dig +short

Show Local IP Address keeps me from having to open up System Preferences > Network.

ipconfig getifaddr en0


Show Wi-Fi Connection History is really handy if you do lot of work at coffeeshops.

defaults read /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ | grep LastConnected -A 7


Convert audio file to iPhone ringtone is like the coolest thing ever!

afconvert input.mp3 ringtone.m4r -f m4af

Create Audiobook From Text is great for Podcast/Audible lovers like me.

say -v Alex -f file.txt -o "output.m4a"


List all hardware ports is helpful if you're doing work with Raspberry Pi or Arduino.

networksetup -listallhardwareports