Is there a way to lock macOS so that waking it up requires the user’s password? (Even If normally the password won’t be requested if it is waked up in, say, 1 hour)


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This should work on most versions



"/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/User.menu/Contents/Resources/CGSession" -suspend

sleep 5

pmset sleepnow

osascript -e 'tell application "System Events" to sleep'

exit 0

The -suspend line will switch to the login screen (which takes a few seconds, hence the sleep 5 before the next command).

The pmset line will sleep the display.

The osascript line will sleep the computer.

Only the -suspend line is necessary to require the password, so you can choose to include the other lines, or not, as you wish.


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