I am having trouble with my High Sierra OS X Server's file sharing volumes. Sometimes the connection is very slow. Other times I can't connect. Then I sometimes have multiple mounted volumes of the same share, but I can't write to any of them.

I don't have any hard drives converted to APFS, so my question was, is there a way to activate AFP from Terminal?

sudo serveradmin fullstatus afp shows that there is something still there and I can start the afp demon without any error message with serveradmin start afp.

My only question is where do I configure the settings?

Thanks for any suggestions. ;-)

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The item "File Sharing" is entirely removed from Server 5.4. You can still configure the settings in System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing though.

If you you want to manage file sharing from the command line use:

sudo serveradmin ...

to enable or stop AFP and

sudo sharing ...

to manage shares.


Enter sudo sharing -a /Volumes/Share/Users -A Users to share the folder /Volumes/Share/Users via AFP and the share name Users.

Check man sharing for further options and flags.

Shares on APFS volumes can't be shared via AFP!

  • how would I allow users (not groups) to then access the share? and do I set the permissions on the folder? Thanks!
    – Joseph
    Commented Jan 13, 2018 at 17:28
  • @Joseph Access permissions directly depend on the folder permissions/ACLs of the shared folder! This is done via chmod/chown or in the GUI: System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing.
    – klanomath
    Commented Jan 13, 2018 at 17:36
  • oh - I can still edit those in SysPref. for my AFP shares too despite HSierra? - great. Thanks.
    – Joseph
    Commented Jan 13, 2018 at 17:42
  • @Joseph Yes, as written in the 2nd sentence of my answer, System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing GUI ~ serveradmin (regarding file sharing) + sharing + chmod/chown.
    – klanomath
    Commented Jan 13, 2018 at 18:01

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