We currently have parental controls configured on our company Macs that we deploy however it looks like the option for parental control is greyed out and there is a website that is being blocked that shouldn't be

Is there a way of configuring whitelisted sites via the terminal as there isn't a way of using the GUI to do it right now


First, convert the com.apple.familycontrols.contentfilter.plist to xml.

 sudo plutil -convert xml1 /Library/Managed\ Perferences/yourUsername/com.apple.familcontrols.contentfilter.plist

Then, edit the xml file and remove the site that you want to remove

sudo nano /Library/Managed\ Perferences/yourUsername/com.apple.familcontrols.contentfilter.plist

This should help you.

  • What if i want to add a site to whitelist? rather than remove from a blacklist?
    – Tomsta
    Sep 26 '19 at 11:15
  • It has both options for FilterWhitelist and FilterBlacklist. You can modify as per your need.
    – Udhy
    Sep 26 '19 at 11:16
  • When prompted for a password would i need the local admin or the users password in this instance?
    – Tomsta
    Oct 4 '19 at 9:38
  • you can go with your user password if it is admin of the machine. Else, local admin
    – Udhy
    Oct 4 '19 at 9:39

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