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How do I share files between two Macs wirelessly?

This is the more general version of my other question...

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Please do not post the same question twice. I'm voting to close the other question since this more general question has more potential to be helpful to others. – Doug Harris Aug 2 '10 at 18:05
@Doug - surprisingly we didn't have a "file sharing between two Macs" question, yet. I closed the other question for this one, more general, indeed. – Gnoupi Aug 2 '10 at 18:14
I was surprised as well. Many about networking Mac & PC, but none so basic as this. – Doug Harris Aug 2 '10 at 18:17

You can try something like this:

but I prefer using Dropbox it is really convenient (like having a hard drive over the net).

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+1 for dropbox - it also gives you a backup – Mark Aug 3 '10 at 15:12

On each of the computers:

  1. Go to System Preferences app.
  2. Choose "Sharing".
  3. Check "File sharing". Read the instructions about permissions there to ensure that you'll be able to do what you need to do.

When you open a new file browsing window in Finder, you should see the other computer listed. Click on the other computer and you will be able to view, copy, etc.

Note that this will only work if the two computers are on the same subnet - if they're both connected to the same wireless access point or router, you should be ok.

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As long as the two computers are on the same subnet, of course. – Lawrence Velázquez Aug 2 '10 at 21:52
Good point, I've added that to my answer. – Doug Harris Aug 3 '10 at 13:12

You should also check out AirDrop. If it works for your needs and you have the correct requirements it is a simple way to share files wirelessly between computers.

Details about using it and system requirements can be found here

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not available Lion and below though – Adam Waite Aug 12 '13 at 19:38

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