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# Based on https://github.com/webpro/dotfiles/blob/master/macos/defaults.sh
# I commented what I don't need
# COMPUTER_NAME="MacLeozeraAir"
# osascript -e 'tell application "System Preferences" to quit'
# Ask for the administrator password upfront
# sudo -v
# Keep-alive: update existing `sudo` time stamp until `.macos` has finished
# while true; do sudo -n true; sleep 60; kill -0 "$$" || exit; done 2>/dev/null &
###############################################################################
# General UI/UX #
###############################################################################
# Set computer name (as done via System Preferences → Sharing)
# sudo scutil --set ComputerName "$COMPUTER_NAME"
# sudo scutil --set HostName "$COMPUTER_NAME"
# sudo scutil --set LocalHostName "$COMPUTER_NAME"
# sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.smb.server NetBIOSName -string "$COMPUTER_NAME"
# Set standby delay to 24 hours (default is 1 hour)
# sudo pmset -a standbydelay 86400
# Disable audio feedback when volume is changed
# defaults write com.apple.sound.beep.feedback -bool false
# Disable the sound effects on boot
# sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=" "
# Menu bar: disable transparency
# defaults write com.apple.universalaccess reduceTransparency -bool true
# Menu bar: show battery percentage
defaults write com.apple.menuextra.battery ShowPercent YES
# Disable opening and closing window animations
# defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false
# Increase window resize speed for Cocoa applications
# defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime -float 0.001
# Expand save panel by default
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode2 -bool true
# Expand print panel by default
defaults write NSGlobalDomain PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool true
defaults write NSGlobalDomain PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint2 -bool true
# Save to disk (not to iCloud) by default
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false
# Automatically quit printer app once the print jobs complete
defaults write com.apple.print.PrintingPrefs "Quit When Finished" -bool true
# Disable the “Are you sure you want to open this application?” dialog
defaults write com.apple.LaunchServices LSQuarantine -bool false
# Disable Resume system-wide
# defaults write com.apple.systempreferences NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false
# Disable the crash reporter
# defaults write com.apple.CrashReporter DialogType -string "none"
# Restart automatically if the computer freezes
sudo systemsetup -setrestartfreeze on
# Disable Notification Center and remove the menu bar icon
# launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist 2> /dev/null
# Disable smart quotes and dashes as they’re annoying when typing code
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticQuoteSubstitutionEnabled -bool false
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticDashSubstitutionEnabled -bool false
###############################################################################
# Trackpad, mouse, keyboard, Bluetooth accessories, and input #
###############################################################################
# Trackpad: enable tap to click for this user and for the login screen
defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad Clicking -bool true
defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1
defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1
# Trackpad: map bottom right corner to right-click
# defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad TrackpadCornerSecondaryClick -int 2
# defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad TrackpadRightClick -bool true
# defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.trackpad.trackpadCornerClickBehavior -int 1
# defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.trackpad.enableSecondaryClick -bool true
# Trackpad: swipe between pages with three fingers
# defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool true
# defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.trackpad.threeFingerHorizSwipeGesture -int 1
# defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad TrackpadThreeFingerHorizSwipeGesture -int 1
# Increase sound quality for Bluetooth headphones/headsets
defaults write com.apple.BluetoothAudioAgent "Apple Bitpool Min (editable)" -int 40
# Enable full keyboard access for all controls
# (e.g. enable Tab in modal dialogs)
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleKeyboardUIMode -int 3
# Enable access for assistive devices
# echo -n 'a' | sudo tee /private/var/db/.AccessibilityAPIEnabled > /dev/null 2>&1
# sudo chmod 444 /private/var/db/.AccessibilityAPIEnabled
# TODO: avoid GUI password prompt somehow (http://apple.stackexchange.com/q/60476/4408)
#sudo osascript -e 'tell application "System Events" to set UI elements enabled to true'
# Use scroll gesture with the Ctrl (^) modifier key to zoom
defaults write com.apple.universalaccess closeViewScrollWheelToggle -bool true
defaults write com.apple.universalaccess HIDScrollZoomModifierMask -int 262144
# Follow the keyboard focus while zoomed in
defaults write com.apple.universalaccess closeViewZoomFollowsFocus -bool true
# Disable press-and-hold for keys in favor of key repeat
# defaults write NSGlobalDomain ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false
# Set a blazingly fast keyboard repeat rate
defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -int 1
defaults write NSGlobalDomain InitialKeyRepeat -int 15
# Automatically illuminate built-in MacBook keyboard in low light
defaults write com.apple.BezelServices kDim -bool true
# Turn off keyboard illumination when computer is not used for 5 minutes
defaults write com.apple.BezelServices kDimTime -int 300
# Set language and text formats
# Note: if you’re in the US, replace `EUR` with `USD`, `Centimeters` with
# `Inches`, `en_GB` with `en_US`, and `true` with `false`.
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleLanguages -array "en"
# defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleLocale -string "en_US@currency=EUR"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleMeasurementUnits -string "Centimeters"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleMetricUnits -bool true
# Set the timezone; see `sudo systemsetup -listtimezones` for other values
# sudo systemsetup -settimezone "Europe/Amsterdam" > /dev/null
# Disable auto-correct
# defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false
# Stop iTunes from responding to the keyboard media keys
# launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.rcd.plist 2> /dev/null
###############################################################################
# Screen #
###############################################################################
# Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins
defaults write com.apple.screensaver askForPassword -int 1
defaults write com.apple.screensaver askForPasswordDelay -int 0
# Save screenshots to the desktop
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location -string "${HOME}/Desktop"
# Save screenshots in PNG format (other options: BMP, GIF, JPG, PDF, TIFF)
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type -string "jpg"
# Disable shadow in screenshots
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true
# Enable subpixel font rendering on non-Apple LCDs
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2
###############################################################################
# Finder #
###############################################################################
# Finder: allow quitting via ⌘ + Q; doing so will also hide desktop icons
# defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool true
# Finder: disable window animations and Get Info animations
# defaults write com.apple.finder DisableAllAnimations -bool true
# Finder: show hidden files by default
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true
# Finder: show all filename extensions
defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleShowAllExtensions -bool true
# Finder: show status bar
defaults write com.apple.finder ShowStatusBar -bool true
# Finder: show path bar
defaults write com.apple.finder ShowPathbar -bool true
# Finder: allow text selection in Quick Look
defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool true
# Display full POSIX path as Finder window title
defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true
# Keep folders on top when sorting by name
defaults write com.apple.finder _FXSortFoldersFirst -bool true
# When performing a search, search the current folder by default
defaults write com.apple.finder FXDefaultSearchScope -string "SCcf"
# Disable the warning when changing a file extension
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false
# Avoid creating .DS_Store files on network or USB volumes
defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool true
defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteUSBStores -bool true
# Disable disk image verification
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
# Use AirDrop over every interface.
defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces -bool true
# Always open everything in Finder's list view.
# Use list view in all Finder windows by default
# Four-letter codes for the other view modes: `icnv`, `clmv`, `Flwv`
defaults write com.apple.finder FXPreferredViewStyle -string "Nlsv"
# Disable the warning before emptying the Trash
defaults write com.apple.finder WarnOnEmptyTrash -bool false
# Enable the MacBook Air SuperDrive on any Mac
# sudo nvram boot-args="mbasd=1"
# Expand the following File Info panes:
# “General”, “Open with”, and “Sharing & Permissions”
defaults write com.apple.finder FXInfoPanesExpanded -dict General -bool true OpenWith -bool true Privileges -bool true
###############################################################################
# Dock #
###############################################################################
# Show indicator lights for open applications in the Dock
defaults write com.apple.dock show-process-indicators -bool true
# Don’t animate opening applications from the Dock
# defaults write com.apple.dock launchanim -bool false
# Automatically hide and show the Dock
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide -bool true
# Make Dock icons of hidden applications translucent
defaults write com.apple.dock showhidden -bool true
# No bouncing icons
# defaults write com.apple.dock no-bouncing -bool true
###############################################################################
# Dashboard #
###############################################################################
# Speed up Mission Control animations
defaults write com.apple.dock expose-animation-duration -float 0.1
# Disable Dashboard
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -bool true
# Don’t show Dashboard as a Space
defaults write com.apple.dock dashboard-in-overlay -bool true
###############################################################################
# Hot corners #
###############################################################################
# Possible values:
# 0: no-op
# 2: Mission Control
# 3: Show application windows
# 4: Desktop
# 5: Start screen saver
# 6: Disable screen saver
# 7: Dashboard
# 10: Put display to sleep
# 11: Launchpad
# 12: Notification Center
# Top left screen corner
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tl-corner -int 0
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tl-modifier -int 0
# Top right screen corner
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tr-corner -int 0
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-tr-modifier -int 0
# Bottom left screen corner → Display to sleep
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-bl-corner -int 10
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-bl-modifier -int 0
# Bottom right screen corner
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-br-corner -int 0
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-br-modifier -int 0
###############################################################################
# Safari & WebKit #
###############################################################################
# Privacy: don’t send search queries to Apple
defaults write com.apple.Safari UniversalSearchEnabled -bool false
defaults write com.apple.Safari SuppressSearchSuggestions -bool true
# Press Tab to highlight each item on a web page
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitTabToLinksPreferenceKey -bool true
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2TabsToLinks -bool true
# Show the full URL in the address bar (note: this still hides the scheme)
defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowFullURLInSmartSearchField -bool true
# Set Safari’s home page to `about:blank` for faster loading
defaults write com.apple.Safari HomePage -string "about:blank"
# Prevent Safari from opening ‘safe’ files automatically after downloading
defaults write com.apple.Safari AutoOpenSafeDownloads -bool false
# Allow hitting the Backspace key to go to the previous page in history
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2BackspaceKeyNavigationEnabled -bool true
# Hide Safari’s bookmarks bar by default
defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowFavoritesBar -bool false
# Disable Safari’s thumbnail cache for History and Top Sites
defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSnapshotsUpdatePolicy -int 2
# Hide Safari’s sidebar in Top Sites
defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowSidebarInTopSites -bool false
# Remove useless icons from Safari’s bookmarks bar
defaults write com.apple.Safari ProxiesInBookmarksBar "()"
# Allow hitting the Backspace key to go to the previous page in history
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2BackspaceKeyNavigationEnabled -bool true
# Enable the Develop menu, the Web Inspector, and the debug menu in Safari
defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu -bool true
defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDevelopMenu -bool true
defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitDeveloperExtrasEnabledPreferenceKey -bool true
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2DeveloperExtrasEnabled -bool true
# Add a context menu item for showing the Web Inspector in web views
defaults write NSGlobalDomain WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true
###############################################################################
# Mail #
###############################################################################
# Display emails in threaded mode
defaults write com.apple.mail DraftsViewerAttributes -dict-add "DisplayInThreadedMode" -string "yes"
# Disable send and reply animations in Mail.app
defaults write com.apple.mail DisableReplyAnimations -bool true
defaults write com.apple.mail DisableSendAnimations -bool true
# Copy email addresses as `foo@example.com` instead of `Foo Bar <foo@example.com>` in Mail.app
defaults write com.apple.mail AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false
# Disable inline attachments (just show the icons)
defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing -bool true
# Disable automatic spell checking
defaults write com.apple.mail SpellCheckingBehavior -string "NoSpellCheckingEnabled"
# Disable sound for incoming mail
defaults write com.apple.mail MailSound -string ""
# Disable sound for other mail actions
defaults write com.apple.mail PlayMailSounds -bool false
# Mark all messages as read when opening a conversation
defaults write com.apple.mail ConversationViewMarkAllAsRead -bool true
###############################################################################
# Spotlight #
###############################################################################
# Hide Spotlight tray-icon (and subsequent helper)
sudo chmod 600 /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Search
# Disable Spotlight indexing for any volume that gets mounted and has not yet
# been indexed before.
# Use `sudo mdutil -i off "/Volumes/foo"` to stop indexing any volume.
sudo defaults write /.Spotlight-V100/VolumeConfiguration Exclusions -array "/Volumes"
# Change indexing order and disable some file types
defaults write com.apple.spotlight orderedItems -array \
'{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "APPLICATIONS";}' \
'{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "SYSTEM_PREFS";}' \
'{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "DIRECTORIES";}' \
'{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "CONTACT";}' \
'{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "DOCUMENTS";}' \
'{"enabled" = 1;"name" = "PDF";}' \
'{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "FONTS";}' \
'{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MESSAGES";}' \
'{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "EVENT_TODO";}' \
'{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "IMAGES";}' \
'{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "BOOKMARKS";}' \
'{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MUSIC";}' \
'{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "MOVIES";}' \
'{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "PRESENTATIONS";}' \
'{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "SPREADSHEETS";}' \
'{"enabled" = 0;"name" = "SOURCE";}'
# Load new settings before rebuilding the index
killall mds > /dev/null 2>&1
# Make sure indexing is enabled for the main volume
sudo mdutil -i on / > /dev/null
# Rebuild the index from scratch
sudo mdutil -E / > /dev/null
###############################################################################
# Terminal #
###############################################################################
# Only use UTF-8 in Terminal.app
defaults write com.apple.terminal StringEncodings -array 4
# Use "Pro" theme (black background color)
defaults write com.apple.terminal "Default Window Settings" -string "Pro"
defaults write com.apple.terminal "Startup Window Settings" -string "Pro"
# Disable audible and visual bells
# defaults write com.apple.terminal "Bell" -bool false
# defaults write com.apple.terminal "VisualBell" -bool false
# Disable the annoying line marks
defaults write com.apple.Terminal ShowLineMarks -int 0
###############################################################################
# Activity Monitor #
###############################################################################
# Show the main window when launching Activity Monitor
defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor OpenMainWindow -bool true
# Visualize CPU usage in the Activity Monitor Dock icon
defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor IconType -int 5
# Show all processes in Activity Monitor
defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor ShowCategory -int 0
# Sort Activity Monitor results by CPU usage
defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor SortColumn -string "CPUUsage"
defaults write com.apple.ActivityMonitor SortDirection -int 0
###############################################################################
# Mac App Store #
###############################################################################
# Enable the WebKit Developer Tools in the Mac App Store
defaults write com.apple.appstore WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true
# Enable Debug Menu in the Mac App Store
defaults write com.apple.appstore ShowDebugMenu -bool true
# Enable the automatic update check
defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate AutomaticCheckEnabled -bool true
# Check for software updates daily, not just once per week
defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate ScheduleFrequency -int 1
# Download newly available updates in background
defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate AutomaticDownload -int 1
# Install System data files & security updates
defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CriticalUpdateInstall -int 1
# Turn on app auto-update
defaults write com.apple.commerce AutoUpdate -bool true
# Allow the App Store to reboot machine on macOS updates
defaults write com.apple.commerce AutoUpdateRestartRequired -bool true
###############################################################################
# Kill affected applications #
###############################################################################
for app in "Address Book" "Calendar" "Contacts" "Dock" "Finder" "Mail" "Safari" "SystemUIServer" "iCal"; do
killall "${app}" &> /dev/null
done