m is the CLI for macOS
Not all tasks are easy to perform with a GUI, the CLI opens up a new realm of possibilities with scripting, automation, and simplified work flows.
m is a 3rd party tool for interacting with macOS via the CLI.
brew install m-cli
Example command with
jemurray@mbp-2019:~ $ sudo m firewall status Firewall is enabled. (State = 1)
The full command set:
jemurray@mbp-2019:~ $ m Swiss Army Knife for macOS ! usage: m [OPTIONS] COMMAND [help] OPTIONS --update update m-cli to the latest version --uninstall uninstall m-cli COMMANDS: help battery bluetooth dir disk display dns dock finder firewall flightmode gatekeeper group hostname info itunes lock network nosleep notification ntp printer restart safeboot screensaver service shutdown sleep timezone trash update user volume vpn wallpaper wifi
As an example, I was able to use
m to automate desktop builds using Ansible. Having the right tool for the job is invaluable.