MacOS Change computer name

2017-10-09 · 1 min read

Use scutil to change a computer name in MacOS.

sudo scutil --set HostName <your-name>

This will change the name visible in System Preferences -> Sharing and on the command line.

You may also need to change ComputerName and LocalHostName variables:

sudo scutil --set ComputerName <your-name>
sudo scutil --set LocalHostName <your-name>

This corresponds to options available in System Preferences -> Sharing @ Computer Name: and System Preferences -> Sharing -> Edit @ Local Hostname:

You can check values for those variables using --get:

sudo scutil --get ComputerName