Under "Sharing" in System Preferences, I do not have anything shared. However, I have a "Shared" folder under "Users". Is there a way to remove this folder?

Shared Folder

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    From time to time software will depend upon that folder existing. Is it causing you a problem worse than debugging future software issues? – bmike Aug 18 '14 at 20:56

Yes, it's possible, but that doesn't mean you should do it.

Finder/etc doesn't stop you deleting it, and it's not a 'system' directory (despite being created by the system), but is it causing a problem, enough that you want to delete it? Apps can depend on that directory and deleting it could cause problems, now or in the future. I don't have any examples of such applications, but that's not to say they don't exist or may exist in the future.

  • It's also a fairly easy way to share data between users on the same computer--not necessarily sharing over a network. I agree, no good reason to delete. – samh Aug 18 '14 at 21:24

You should follow what George said, it's not going to cause any problems by just being there.

However, if it's bothering you simply being there then hide the folder using chflags hidden /Users/Shared in the terminal.

It will still exist, applications can still use it, and you won't see it anymore.

  • I tried this and got chflags: /Users/Shared: Permission denied – rainbowsorbet Aug 16 '16 at 20:19
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    @rainbowsorbet run it using sudo, the folder is normally not flag writable by other users. – Brian Graham Aug 17 '16 at 1:38

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