Categories: Apple, Command-Line, Mac OS

Chris Manning


How to block Facebook and other domains with the Hosts file in Mac OS X:
This works in all versions of Mac OS X.

  • Launch the Terminal, located in /Applications/Utilities/
  • At the command line, type: sudo open /etc/hosts
  • Enter your administrative password when asked
  • TextEdit will now launch with /etc/hosts open, you need to add the following lines to the bottom of the file
  • Each one of those entries must be on it’s own line. Save the file when it’s finished editing
  • Now you need to flush the DNS cache for changes to take effect, type the following command in the Terminal: dscacheutil -flushcache
  • Try to access facebook, it should no longer work

If you remove the entires from the /etc/hosts file you will be able to access Facebook again as usual.

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