Apple's software system for simple and intuitive recognition and configuration of certain networked computer devices, including computers and printers.

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Do I really need Bonjour on Windows?

One of my least favorite things that Apple does to every Windows computer during an installation of iTunes is that it installs Bonjour. On almost every Windows machine I've installed iTunes on, ...
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How to find IP address of my other Mac?

I have two Macs on the same network, both plugged into my internet router. I have screen-sharing set up on one of them, so I can connect to it using command-K in the Finder with a vnc:// URL, and ...
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How to regain features from Safari 5 that are not found in Safari 6?

I upgraded to Mountain Lion, there are a lot of differences in Safari 6. Have the four features below been relocated? If not relocated, are there fixes? Activity window (previously: Window -> ...
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Can I log employees' working hours through Bonjour availability?

We have a small office network with a Mac server, and all employees have their own Mac laptop they take home at the end of the day. I am looking for a way to automatically log the employees' time at ...
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Can I list all the Bonjour-enabled services that are running?

I would be interested in knowing which programs advertise themselves using Bonjour on my machine. Is there a way to do that?
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What is the preferred method of command line domain name lookup (DNS)?

What command line command do I use to lookup a domain address? When looking at the man pages for nslookup and dig I can see a section saying that these utilities do not use the Mac OS methods of ...
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Any way to send messages to Mavericks Notification Center from another machine on the local network?

I need a way to have a Linux-based machine send a message that can be received and displayed by the Mavericks Notification Center. I used to do this on an older version of OS X by running Growl, and ...
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How to limit any devices to appear on any Bonjour/Airplay capable devices close by?

This is an issue at my school district where I work as a network admin. Right now, I could see around the list of at least 15-20 Apple TVs that is located across school buildings when I press on ...
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How do I launch Bonjour?

I'm a complete Apple newbie - just bought my first mbp two days ago. I'm trying to connect to my WD my book live NAS (working fine under my existing Linux set-up). The set-up instructions from WD ...
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How secure is Apple File Protocol from Airport Extreme

How secure is the file sharing feature for use over WAN on an Airport Extreme? i.e. Are the content and/or passwords encrypted when accessed over the Internet?
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Prevent Bonjour Announcements Over OpenVPN

We have an OpenVPN server at work, which I use frequently to access private work resources. When I do, the "Shared" listed in Finder populates with all the automatically announced servers/resources at ...
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Disable Airplay on Mac because of too many Airplay devices

I'd like to find a solution to my problem. I recently moved to a dorm of around 1100 students, and each one of these students has a mediabox that is also an Airplay device. Because of this, the ...
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How do I read the output of dns-sd?

When I run the dns-sd command, for example as dns-sd -B _services._dns-sd._udp. to list all the service types on my local network, I get a table that looks like: $ dns-sd -B _services._dns-sd._udp. ...
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Can an AppleTV wake a Snow Leopard Mac for playing back iTunes content?

Is it possible to have an Apple TV wake a WiFi connected iMac running Snow Leopard for playback of iTunes content? I vaguely remember a new revision of the AirPort routers supporting this through ...
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Number in brackets appended to Apple TV Bonjour name

I recently set up a 3rd-generation Apple TV in my living room. I have noticed that on my OS X 10.10 MacBook Pro an iPad and two iPhones (all iOS 7), the usual name of "Living Room Apple TV" appears ...
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What is the Bonjour option in iMessage for?

iMessage has a Bonjour option but there isn't any explanation on what this all is about. So what can I do with this?
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Bonjour/Airplay in restricted College Network

I am trying to connect my iPad (running 4.3.3) with my Macbook (running Lion) in my college dorm room using my college's Wifi. It uses 802.1X Authentication. I can't ping my iPad from my Macbook. Is ...
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How do I disable Bonjour visibility after Yosemite install?

Since upgrading to Yosemite (from Mavericks) my MacBook Pro (Retina mid-2014) advertises itself on Bonjour (with "whats-my-name"). It was not visible in this way prior to Yosemite, and I have no ...
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What can I use for multi-person, single conversation, instant messaging in a serverless local network?

We have a number of Mac's in a small, simple local network at the office (all running Snow Leopard or later) that I'd like to use for instant messaging with multiple participants. The trouble is, at ...
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AppleTV 3 wakes iMac every 10 minutes

Until recently, I left my iMac (27" late 2009) on all the time. I now want to sleep it when not in use, but also wake it remotely via my AirPort Extreme. All this is working fine. The iMac is set to ...
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Can't connect Mac to Mac via Finder over LAN

I'm having trouble getting one Mac on my home LAN to talk to another - let's call them Red and Blue. Red can't connect via Finder (under Shared) to Blue. But Red can open a Screen Sharing session to ...
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Local hostname changes every few seconds when NOT connected to a network

When ever I wake my laptop, but before I am connected to a network, I receive messages similar to the following: This computer's local hostname "sojourner-896.local" is already in use on this ...
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Bonjour visibility dropping over ethernet only

I'm using a recently purchased 2012 Mac Mini and installed the latest Yosemite. So far, it's being used headless as an iTunes server and I also have OS X Server 4 running on it for some basic home ...
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What features will I lose if I disable Bonjour's 'whats-my-name' service?

Upgrading to Yosemite (from Mavericks) enabled Bonjour's "whats-my-name" service on my Mac; I would like to disable this (for security policy reasons) but wonder if some feature (perhaps something new ...
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What side effects, if any, are there from issuing scutil --set HostName 'Fred'?

I have read that you can change all of the three "computer names" associated with a Mac using the scutil utility. The three names in question are ComputerName (the "friendly" name), LocalHostName ...
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bonjour/mdns repeater?

I would like to put my wifi network and my wired network (in a small office) on separate vlans to cut down on broadcasts/multicasts on the wifi. (right now it's all in one big vlan, and it's getting ...
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How can I remove or disable Bonjour on OSX Lion, is it safe?

I have the only one computer with OSX (wife hates OSX) so I have no other computer to bonjour with. I never needed neither network zero-configuration nor printer sharing or whatever it does. Windows ...
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Can't use machine name to login using SSH anymore on Yosemite, how to fix?

from yesterday I have noticed that I can't connect via SSH to my OS X's SSH server anymore using the following command: User-MBP:~ user$ ssh user@user-mbp user is the user on the server, user-mbp is ...
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How do I disable “iTunes Home Sharing”?

Whenever I launch iTunes, I see my computer appears listed among those offering Bonjour services (e.g., by iStumbler), with an entry for "iTunes Home Sharing" even though I have unchecked "Share my ...
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Two drobo NAS on one network causes premature 'Server has closed down' events.

We have a Drobo setup with a fixed IP on ethernet which we've named BoxA. It shows up in the finder list, everyone can connect to it and share files. We brought a second Drobo to backup the first, ...
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Multiple .local hostname on one computer

Is possible setup multiple .local hostname on one physical computer? Background: home network (behind the DSL/NAT router) (192.168.1.*) have a mac-mini, called as "tango.local". (set in the ...
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mDNSResponder missing

I am on Yosemite since today and am trying to connect to network printers, but System Preferences doesn't show any. The printers use Bonjour and I read that the associated process is mDNSresponder. ...
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How can I configure OS X server to advertise SMB over bonjour?

We have an OS X mac mini server that stores/shares our files and our Time Machine backups (which is why AFP needs to be enabled). We were having issues with AFP and network files being held open ...
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Get current client from Airfoil

At work we use a Mac mini running Airfoil as an endpoint to stream music through the speakers. Ideally, I'd like to query that machine to ascertain the name or address of the current client streaming ...
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Using a dyn.com dynamic host name with an AirPort device

I have an AirPort Extreme base station with firmware 7.6.1 and would like to access it remotely using a dynamic hostname registered with dyn.com (e.g. example.dyndns.org). An explanation is given by ...
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Remote Bonjour Connection

I currently use a code editor called Coda. It uses Bonjour to offer collaborative code editing over a local network. I am going to be travelling for the next two months and need to occasionally ...
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Inconsistent access to Bonjour services on sleeping devices

This may turn out to be two different questions/answers, but I suspect they're somewhat related. Let's see... Among other things on my home network, I have a MacBook Pro (mid-2010) and a Macbook ...
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How do I get my computer name to show correctly in the finder?

I recently upgraded to Yosemite and following that upgraded to an SSD drive. Life is good and I am happy with everything except that since the upgrades I am seeing a silly variety of names for my ...
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How can I run iTunes without installing Bonjour in Windows 7?

I just checked my Windows error logs and Bonjour has caused a ton of errors. After reading about Bonjour and not needing the networking services it provides, I deleted it. Now when I open iTunes, an ...
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Bonjour (Printing service) run on Sleep

I currently use Bonjour for my home wireless printing. It works flawlessly, but I have one gripe with software. If my iMac (pc connected to the printer) goes to sleep, the wireless print stops. Is ...
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Windows: Why does Bonjour's mdnsNSP.dll inject itself into every process?

In Windows, why does Bonjour's mdnsNSP.dll inject itself into every process?
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Is is possible to fake a bonjour service identity?

I'm using Arq4 for backing up my data to a ubuntu server with ssh-access. Since Version 4 Arq supports SFTP storing. To speed up the inital backup process I attached my HDD to my Macintosh so Arq ...
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How to turn off Bonjour?

My iMac (late 2009 with Mavericks) can only start up in safe mode. I have read that it might be related to a mdns responder issue. The log comes back with 2 kinds of lines which look suspect (but I ...
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Wake for network access without Bonjour Sleep Proxy?

Is there a way to set some kind of "wake for network access" behaviour on my Mac without using a Bonjour Sleep Proxy? I have a Mac with OS X 10.8.5, but no Apple TV nor Time Capsule or other stuff. I ...
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Strange OSX 10.6.8 Networking Issues

I have a Mac Mini running OS X Server 10.6.8 in a small business environment running Windows and Macs. Late last week there was a strange problem that occurred in that the machine wouldn't boot. I was ...
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iMessage conversations changed to Bonjour; how do I change them back?

Within the iMessages app on OS X 10.8.2 all of my iMessage conversations have switched to Bonjour. So instead of showing the usual blue bubble it's red and people's phone numbers are shown instead of ...
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AppleTV and other Apple devices connecting by wifi but not by LAN

I have an AppleTV in a local network that is connected by WiFi but it cannot find the iTunes library in my Mac that is connected via LAN to the router. If I connect my Mac via WiFi, voilá, AppleTV is ...
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Mountain Lion printer not found on bonjour, can't install by IP

My networked HP6310 suddenly stopped working today from my MBPro running Mountain Lion. Other laptops in the house (MB running Snow Leopard, MBP running Lion) can still print. I can connect via USB ...
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mdns works different on snow leopard and lion

I have a few linux machines on my local network. Using avahi, they expose their name over mdns. This enables me to access them by doing ping green.local or other commands (but by using the hostname). ...
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Apache bonjour module and Sites folder template

I just upgraded to Lion and because I do web design, first thing I did was turning on Web Sharing to get Apache running. While checking the logs I found that the Bonjour module can't find a file and ...