Updated Apr. 19, 2020 for macOS Catalina.

Sudo with Touch ID

Typing your sudo password is a lot of work! Utilize the touchID Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) to run those commands quickly!

cd /etc/pam.d
sudo chmod +w sudo

Add a new first entry to include the PAM module pam_tid.so (like so):

# sudo: auth account password session
auth       sufficient     pam_tid.so
auth       sufficient     pam_smartcard.so
auth       required       pam_opendirectory.so
account    required       pam_permit.so
password   required       pam_deny.so
session    required       pam_permit.so

If you’re using iTerm, you’ll need to disable this option in:

Preferences => Advanced => Allow sessions to survive logging out and back in


Restart your terminal and run a sudo command!


*Actually* Disable App Relaunch On Restart

Apps relaunching on a reboot drives me crazy. I don’t want this “feature” ever, not on a crash, not when rebooting from a script, and definitely not when I reboot myself. I found this tip on Stackoverflow that restricts the permission on the file used to restore.

  • Mark file as owned by root (or else MacOS will just regenerate the file)
sudo chown root ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.loginwindow*
  • Steal all permissions
sudo chmod 000 ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.loginwindow*

To restore, just rm that file so macOS can regenerate it.

First Hour Installs

Below is a list of the software (off the top of my head) that I immediately install on a fresh Mac.

Favorite Utilites

  • Itsycal
  • SpotStatus
  • Brew
  • OhMyZsh
  • CopyClip
  • Amethyst
  • TunnelBlick
  • BetterTouchTool
  • Arq
  • GnuPG
  • jq

Favorite Apps

  • Proxyman
  • DaisyDisk
  • Bear
  • qBitTorrent
  • Burp Suite Community
  • VS Code
  • Little Snitch
  • iTerm

Dot Files

I back up my dotfiles and configuration settings. Notably some vim, vscode keybindings, and git settings. These are easy to restore with a symlink.