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osxutils is a bundle of Mac-oriented command-line utilities that facilitate working with Mac OS file meta-data, and allow you to alter and/or control all sorts of Mac-specific things via the command line.

What's New

Version 1.7:

Addition of new tools:

  • wiki tool
  • hfsdata tool
  • wsupdate tool
  • setvolume tool
Updates to existing tools:* getfcomment now gets OS X comments, not just OS 9 Dekstop Database comments* Major bug fixes for lsmac* Minor bug fixes and code cleanup for setsuffix, setlabel, getfcomment, geticon, hfsdata, lsmac, mkalias, setfcomment, setfctypes, setfflags, seticon, setlabel* more...


Mac OS X 10.0 or later 10.3 is required for some of these tools to be useful.

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Negritude Member IconComment+1082

It's best to install this using MacPorts, as the old pre-compiled binaries are PPC only.

Also, there is a much better trash command to be found here:


If you installed osxutils with MacPorts, rename that trash command so that it doesn't get executed:

sudo mv /opt/local/bin/trash /opt/local/bin/trash-disabled

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Version 1.7
Anonymous Member IconReview

When installing using .pkg file, watch out this will overwrite the permission of directories such as /usr, /usr/share, /usr/local, and /usr/local/bin, that is, root:wheel with your user:your group.
You can use disk utilities to fix permissions but /usr/local and its subdirectories remain untouched, so you have to fix those with your hand.

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Version 1.7
Anonymous Member IconReview

For some similar tools see xmlstar.sf.net!

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Version 1.5
Anonymous Member IconReview

Excellent tools! I use then with OnMyCommand CM all the time.

Would love to see some clipboard tools added ... multiple clipboards.

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Version 1.4
Anonymous Member IconReview

Great utilities, but there are a number of problems with the man pages, ranging from blank lines (not allowed) to directive errors. Specifically, google and setlabel.

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Version 1.3
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Downloads 8,148
Version Downloads 3,408
License Free
Date 27 Nov 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free