Allow Screen Share on MacOS

To allow Screen Sharing for you or others to connect to your mac remotely, you can follow the steps below to allow access. This process is valid for Mojave and Catalina.

Steps to enable screen sharing

  1. Open Spotlight and type in System Preferences or top left click the Apple icon and go to System Preferences
  2. System Preferences
  3. Click Sharing
  4. Sharing
  5. Check the box beside Screen Sharing
  6. Check Screen Sharing
  7. Done!

How to connect from remote machine

Assuming you’re on the same network, or if you already have port forwarding setup (port 5900) you can connect in two ways.

Method 1 - Screen Share

  1. Open Spotlight and type in Screen Sharing
  2. Connect to: your IP address of the machine you had just enabled Screen Sharing on.
  3. IP address of the Destination machine
  4. Go to the Destination machine
  5. Open Spotlight and type in Terminal
  6. Type in ifconfig
  7. Note the numbers beside inet
	ether e0:d5:5e:a5:bd:06
	inet6 fe80::ff:5a5:23e:3168%en0 prefixlen 64 secured scopeid 0x5
	inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
	nd6 options=201<PERFORMNUD,DAD>
	media: autoselect (1000baseT <full-duplex>)
	status: active
  1. Login with the credentials of the Destination Machine

Method 2 - Command Line

You can pre-program the computer login information into the line itself if you wish, or just open screen share to be prompted with the credentials to login to the Destination Machine

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Type in open vnc://<ip address of destination machine>
  3. Example: open vnc://
  4. Open Terminal
  5. Type in open vnc://"username":"password"@<ip address of destination machine>
  6. Example: open vnc://"my username":"my password"@"
  7. Note: with the " ", allows special characters in your username and password.

Advanced Port Forwarding

If you are connecting to a public ip address and have setup multiple Machines, you can configure port forward from 5901 to 5900


<public_ip>:5901 to <internal_ip_of_destination_machine>:5900

open vnc://"my username":"my password"@"

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Written on January 15, 2020