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OSX For Hackers
#!/bin/sh
##
# This is a script with usefull tips taken from:
# https://github.com/mathiasbynens/dotfiles/blob/master/.osx
#
# Run in interactive mode with:
# $ sh -c "$(curl -sL https://raw.github.com/gist/2108403/hack.sh)"
#
# or run it without prompt questions:
# $ sh -c "$(curl -sL https://raw.github.com/gist/2108403/hack.sh)" -s silent
#
# Please, share your tips commenting here:
# https://gist.github.com/2108403
#
# Author: @DAddYE
# Thanks to: @mathiasbynens
#
case $1 in
"-s" | "-y" | "--silent" | "silent" )
echo "Running in silent mode..."
auto=Y
shift 1
;;
*)
auto=N
if [ ! -t 0 ]; then
echo "Interactive mode needs terminal!" >&2
exit 1
fi
;;
esac
function ask {
while true; do
if [ "$2" == "Y" ]; then
prompt="\033[1;32mY\033[0m/n"
default=Y
elif [ "$2" == "N" ]; then
prompt="y/\033[1;32mN\033[0m"
default=N
else
prompt="y/n"
default=
fi
printf "$1 [$prompt] "
if [ "$auto" == "Y" ]; then
echo
else
read yn
fi
if [ -z "$yz" ]; then
yn=$default
fi
case $yn in
[Yy]*) return 0 ;;
[Nn]*) return 1 ;;
esac
done
}
if ask "Enable subpixel font rendering on non-Apple LCDs (1 light, 2 medium, 3 big)" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 1
fi
if ask "Minimum font size for antialiasing" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleAntiAliasingThreshold -int 2
fi
if ask "Sidebar icon size Small" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSTableViewDefaultSizeMode -int 1
fi
if ask "Disable menu bar transparency" N; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleEnableMenuBarTransparency -bool false
fi
if ask "Always show scrollbars" N; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowScrollBars -string "Always"
fi
if ask "Show all filename extensions in Finder" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowAllExtensions -bool true
fi
if ask "Remove slow animations when holding shift" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain FXEnableSlowAnimation -bool false
fi
if ask "Expand save panel by default" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true
fi
if ask "Expand print panel by default" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool true
fi
if ask "Enable full keyboard access for all controls (e.g. enable Tab in modal dialogs)" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleKeyboardUIMode -int 3
fi
if ask "Display ASCII control characters using caret notation in standard text views" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSTextShowsControlCharacters -bool true
fi
if ask "Disable press-and-hold for keys in favor of key repeat" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false
fi
if ask "Set a blazingly fast keyboard repeat rate" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -int 0
fi
if ask "Set a shorter Delay until key repeat" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain InitialKeyRepeat -int 18
fi
if ask "Disable auto-correct" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false
fi
if ask "Disable opening and closing window animations" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false
fi
if ask "Disable Resume system-wide" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false
fi
if ask "Add a context menu item for showing the Web Inspector in web views" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true
fi
if ask "Increase window resize speed for Cocoa applications" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime -float 0.001
fi
if ask "Show remaining battery time; hide percentage" N; then
defaults write com.apple.menuextra.battery ShowPercent -string "NO"
defaults write com.apple.menuextra.battery ShowTime -string "YES"
fi
if ask "Allow quitting Finder via ⌘ +Q; doing so will also hide desktop icons" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool true
fi
if ask "Disable window animations and Get Info animations in Finder" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.finder DisableAllAnimations -bool true
fi
if ask "Use current directory as default search scope in Finder" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.finder FXDefaultSearchScope -string "SCcf"
fi
if ask "Show Path bar in Finder" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.finder ShowPathbar -bool true
fi
if ask "Show Status bar in Finder" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.finder ShowStatusBar -bool true
fi
if ask "Allow text selection in Quick Look" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool true
fi
if ask "Automatically open a new Finder window when a volume is mounted" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages auto-open-ro-root -bool true
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages auto-open-rw-root -bool true
defaults write com.apple.finder OpenWindowForNewRemovableDisk -bool true
fi
if ask "Display full POSIX path as Finder window title" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true
fi
if ask "Disable the warning when changing a file extension" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false
fi
if ask "Remove Dropbox’s green checkmark icons in Finder" Y; then
file=/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/check.icns
[ -e "$file" ] && mv -f "$file" "$file.bak"
unset file
fi
if ask "Show item info below desktop icons" Y; then
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:showItemInfo true" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
fi
if ask "Enable snap-to-grid for desktop icons" Y; then
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set :DesktopViewSettings:IconViewSettings:arrangeBy grid" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
fi
if ask "Disable the warning before emptying the Trash" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.finder WarnOnEmptyTrash -bool false
fi
if ask "Disable shadow in screenshots" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true
fi
if ask "Enable the 2D Dock" N; then
defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -bool true
fi
if ask "Automatically hide and show the Dock" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide -bool true
fi
if ask "Minimize effect Suck" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock mineffect -string "suck"
fi
if ask "Make Dock icons of hidden applications translucent" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock showhidden -bool true
fi
if ask "Enable iTunes track notifications in the Dock" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool true
fi
if ask "Enable highlight hover effect for the grid view of a stack (Dock)" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilte-stack -bool true
fi
if ask "Enable spring loading for all Dock items" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock enable-spring-load-actions-on-all-items -bool true
fi
if ask "Show indicator lights for open applications in the Dock" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock show-process-indicators -bool true
fi
if ask "Don't animate opening applications from the Dock" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock launchanim -bool false
fi
if ask "Set the icon size of the Dock to 36 pixels" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock tilesize -int 36
fi
if ask "Make the animation for showing Dock faster and reduce the delay before it starts" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0.6
fi
if ask "Remove the delay for showing the Dock in full screen" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-fullscreen-delayed -bool false
fi
if ask "Minimize in application" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock minimize-to-application -bool true
fi
if ask "Move Dock on the Right" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dock orientation -string "right"
fi
if ask "Enable AirDrop over Ethernet and on unsupported Macs running Lion" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces -bool true
fi
if ask "Disable disk image verification" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages skip-verify -bool true
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages skip-verify-locked -bool true
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages skip-verify-remote -bool true
fi
if ask "Avoid creating .DS_Store files on network volumes" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool true
fi
if ask "Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.screensaver askForPassword -int 1
defaults write com.apple.screensaver askForPasswordDelay -int 0
fi
if ask "Enable tap to click on Trackpad and login screen" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad Clicking -bool true
defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1
defaults write com.apple.mouse.tapBehaviour -int 1
fi
if ask "Disable Natural Scroll Direction" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.swipescrolldirection -bool false
fi
if ask "A bit faster Trackpad" Y; then
defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.trackpad.scaling -float 2
fi
if ask "Disable Safari’s thumbnail cache for History and Top Sites" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSnapshotsUpdatePolicy -int 2
fi
if ask "Make Safari’s search banners default to Contains instead of Starts With" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.Safari FindOnPageMatchesWordStartsOnly -bool false
fi
if ask "Remove useless icons from Safari's bookmarks bar" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.Safari ProxiesInBookmarksBar "()"
fi
if ask "Enable only Safari resume" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.Safari NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool true
fi
if ask "Only use UTF-8 in Terminal.app" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.terminal StringEncodings -array 4
fi
if ask "Disable the Ping sidebar in iTunes" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.iTunes disablePingSidebar -bool true
fi
if ask "Disable all the other Ping stuff in iTunes" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.iTunes disablePing -bool true
fi
if ask "Make ⌘ +F focus the search input in iTunes" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.iTunes NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Target Search Field" "@F"
fi
if ask "Disable send and reply animations in Mail.app" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.Mail DisableReplyAnimations -bool true
defaults write com.apple.Mail DisableSendAnimations -bool true
fi
if ask "Copy email address without brackets" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.mail AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false
fi
if ask "Disable the 'reopen windows when logging back in' option" Y; then
# This works, although the checkbox will still appear to be checked.
defaults write com.apple.loginwindow TALLogoutSavesState -bool false
defaults write com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowLaunchesRelaunchApps -bool false
fi
if ask "Enable Dashboard dev mode (allows keeping widgets on the desktop)" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode -bool true
fi
if ask "Reset Launchpad" Y; then
find ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock -name "*.db" -maxdepth 1 -delete
fi
if ask "Show the ~/Library folder" Y; then
chflags nohidden ~/Library
fi
if ask "Hide the /opt folder" Y; then
sudo chflags hidden /opt
fi
if ask "Disable local Time Machine backups" Y; then
hash tmutil &> /dev/null && sudo tmutil disablelocal
fi
if ask "Prevent Time Machine from prompting to use new hard drives as backup volume" Y; then
defaults write com.apple.TimeMachine DoNotOfferNewDisksForBackup -bool true
fi
if ask "Kill affected applications" Y; then
for app in Safari Finder Dock Mail SystemUIServer; do
killall "$app" >/dev/null 2>&1
done
echo
echo "** \033[33mSome changes needs a reboot to take effect\033[0m **"
echo
fi
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radiospiel commented Mar 19, 2012

Wow! Thanks!

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sxua commented Mar 26, 2012

defaults write com.apple.LaunchServices LSQuarantine -bool false

This config throws for every new app:

LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -10810 for the file /Application/Some.app.
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DAddYE commented Mar 31, 2012

Thanks @sxua

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gregorynicholas commented Apr 1, 2012

how's this one to make Terminal on OSX a better experience? https://gist.github.com/1812027

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egeste commented Apr 5, 2012

This script should prompt for everything by default

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DAddYE commented Apr 19, 2012

@egeste yep! Done! Thanks!

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dserodio commented May 4, 2012

Are the default values for the prompts the OS X defaults or the values you suggest?

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DAddYE commented May 4, 2012

@dserodio, no, are the best, at least for me and the community

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DAddYE commented May 4, 2012

@egeste yep is it right now.

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dserodio commented May 4, 2012

Thanks; so if I want to reset something to its OS X default, I should "defaults delete some.property"?

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DAddYE commented May 4, 2012

Yup

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fcamblor commented Jul 9, 2012

When I selected "n" on the option "Move Dock on the right", after reboot, the dock was to the right side.
Maybe could you provide a much implicit message for the "natural scrolling" question, I had to google it to know what was the behaviour (the old or the new one). Maybe saying something like "(when you go down on your mouse/touchpad scroll, the scrolling goes up, and vice versa)"

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gee-forr commented Dec 30, 2012

Found a small bug. All questions are evaluating to true regardless of the answer. To fix it, line 56 (https://gist.github.com/2108403#file-hack-sh-L56) needs to change from this:

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to this:

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egeste commented Jan 10, 2013

Hey, just got a new macbook and looked this up. Thanks for adding the prompts. Cheers!

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joemsak commented Feb 25, 2013

Thanks, but this script literally did the opposite of everything I told it to do

For example, I told it not to speed up my mouse, told it not to enable 2d dock, and told it not to move my dock to the right side of the screen

All of those things actually happened

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dbeuchler commented Feb 26, 2013

Thank You!! Really nice, but the opposite of everything would be great!

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