I'm not using Grab, but the screenshot shortcuts Command ⌘Shift3 and Command ⌘Shift4

A loud snapshot sound plays whenever I screengrab.

How can I turn off this sound, and is there any way other than disabling all system sound effects? Perhaps with a Terminal command?

I'm looking specifically for 10.8+, if it matters.


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    i don't know if you know this, but a quick tap on the mute button before taking the picture will do the trick
    – Macmaniman
    Sep 4, 2013 at 23:21

2 Answers 2


In short: replace the Grab.aif file with a blank audio file.

  1. Go to /System/Library/Components

  2. Right click on CoreAudio.Component & select Show Package Content

Apple Component Library

  1. Go under Contents/SharedSupport/SystemSounds/system

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  1. Make a back up of Grab.aif (duplicate it)

  2. Replace Grab.aif by an empty audio file



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    How to generate an empty aif audio file?
    – minseong
    Mar 31, 2020 at 10:53
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    I can't put anything into the folder Contents/SharedSupport/SystemSounds/system, even when using sudo
    – minseong
    Mar 31, 2020 at 10:56
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    does this still work under SIP?
    – pkamb
    Aug 13, 2020 at 3:07
  • @theonlygusti touch ~/Desktop/Grab.aif will generate an empty aif file on your desktop
    – Fed
    Mar 30, 2023 at 10:56

The easy version: Disable all the sound effects

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences…”

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  1. Click on the option that says “Sound”

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  1. Click on “Sound Effects”

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  • 2
    This was way easier and worked great.
    – NateW
    Jan 15, 2019 at 21:29
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    funny enough the question explicitly stated "and is there any way other than disabling all system sound effects" :)
    – skwisgaar
    Jan 31, 2022 at 17:58
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    this doesn't work in OS Venutra. As in.. it works but will disable all your notifications sounds too such as slack notifications. not sure why apple makes simple things notoriously difficult.
    – Fed
    Mar 30, 2023 at 10:44

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