How to access the files on your Mac from anywhere

“I take the ability to access the files on my Mac from anywhere for granted, but it occurs to me that the process for getting the ability to do so up and running is difficult and circuitous at best, so I thought I’d take a moment and document the process. In a nutshell, you need to make your Mac discoverable over the internet, and then you have to enable the services you want to discover and access,” Jeff writes for LDOPA.NET

After you follow the instructions in the full article, Jeff explains, “Now when you want to access your files and you’re away from home, just hit “Command-K”, put in the fully qualified hostname you wrote down a while ago (””, replacing “home-mac” with the name you chose for your mac), and you’ll be prompted for your username and password. After that, you can mount your remote mac’s drive like a network share and get access to all your files from anywhere!”

Full article with instructions here.

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  1. It’s far more secure to use public key verification rather than user account/password.

    Edward: You can do more than just access files. You could also run programs on the remote Mac. So you could do things like use an iSight camera to see what’s going on in the room. Whatever you want.

  2. I’m behind Mac Server and this just gets me to the server, and not my desktop mac.

    Any idea how to get beyond the Server NAT and into my desktop mac?

    MDN MW = “post” as in, I had better post this question…

  3. Brando – Until i saw your post i thought this guy was advocating the use of remote login (which is SSH). Using personal file sharing via the InterNet is asking to be hacked. Protect passwords and data via an SSH tunnel.

    hmmmm – Yeah, use an SSH tunnel/port forwarding on your firewall.

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