Controlling Display screen Sharing from the command line — Erica Sadun


My world usually narrows to Xcode and Terminal. There are occasions I simply need to examine in on one other laptop rapidly and I don’t need the effort of making a brand new Finder window, going to the community, ready for the objects to load, and clicking Display screen Sharing.

Let me share a fast osascript answer I take advantage of as a substitute (and there’s a good higher answer for launching simply utilizing open, thanks Chris). This instance connects to Esopus Spitzenburg, my Mojave laptop (aka the one that also runs every little thing together with Photoshop and Microsoft Workplace).

#! /bin/sh

/usr/bin/osascript -e 'inform utility "Display screen Sharing" to GetURL "vnc://Esopus-Spitzenburg.native"'

If closed, the Display screen Sharing utility launches within the foreground. If already working, it stays at its relative hierarchy. You possibly can add a command to activate to convey it to the entrance on every invocation, even when the connection is already lively.

Should you’d prefer to let the utility toggle visibility on name as a substitute, add a request to Finder and append it to the script:

/usr/bin/osascript -e 'inform utility "Finder" to set seen of course of "Display screen Sharing" to not seen of course of "Display screen Sharing"'

I’ve written related utilities to open Broxwood Foxwhelp and Glockenapfel, relying on the pc I’m utilizing. As a lot as I’ve supposed to put in writing a single utility as a substitute of two or three devoted scripts, I’ve can’t persuade myself it’s well worth the effort.

(Bonus factors: Why are my computer systems named this fashion?)