The Easy Way To Edit com.apple.Boot.plist

This is a quick and short tutorial on how to edit the com.apple.Boot.plist file…Yah, sure there are other ways but this is my way and it has always worked just fine.

Step1:

Open a terminal session: Finder –> Applications –> Utilities –> Terminal (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1.

Change to super user by entering the following command: sudo -s and then enter your password and press enter again. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2.

Change to the following directory: /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration (cd /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration) then hit enter. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3.

Edit the com.apple.Boot.plist file by typing: (vi com.apple.Boot.plist) then hit enter. (See Figure 4.)

Figure 4.

Edit to start editing the file type “i” without the quotes and then start editing the <key></key> and <string></string> values… (See Figure 5.)

Figure 5.

The values you enter here are dependant on what you are trying to do but this tutorial gives you a quick “How-To” on edititng the com.apple.Boot.plist file.

Oh… by the way, to save the file type: esc:x –> then hit the enter key. That’s the “esc” key + the colon key “:” + the “x” key…

p.s. Don’t forget to reboot to see your changes…  You should probably repair your permissions on your OSX volume but that’s for another tutorial.

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One Response to The Easy Way To Edit com.apple.Boot.plist

  1. George Hozendorf says:

    Can you just open the Boot.plist with PlistEdit Pro, make changes, additions, etc. and save it?

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