File sharing with Mac OSX

To browse files on a Linux machine from a Mac, install netatalk on the Linux box. This will provide AFP support. On gentoo…

emerge -av netatalk

Then start the afpd service:

/etc/init.d/afpd start

On the Mac you should now be able to bring up the server connection dialogue using command-K:


Enter the IP of the Linux box, click connect and enter your password. The default netatalk configuration will share the home directory.

You will notice a hidden .AppleDouble directory has been added to all of the user’s directories on the Linux box, which I think is added by Finder to support its metadata. See AppleSingle and AppleDouble formats.

You could install avahi if you want the share to automatically show up in Finder.


Last modified: 29/09/2012 Tags: , ,

This website is a personal resource. Nothing here is guaranteed correct or complete, so use at your own risk and try not to delete the Internet. -Stephan

Site Info

Privacy policy

Go to top