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How to enable Live Terminal on your macOS devices

Apple’s terminal is a command-line interface for macOS devices that is available in all OS versions. The terminal provides direct access to the Unix or the device operating system. It allows you to execute various commands and modify the characteristics of the device.

Hexnode MDM allows you to access the terminal of a device remotely. With the live terminal feature, you can access all the devices’ terminals and execute your desired commands on the device. The live terminal provides the familiar terminal interface with live command responses and includes support for continuous commands and native text editors.


  • This feature is supported on macOS devices with Hexnode MDM app v4.6.0 +.
  • In case if the device has a Web content filtering policy associated, ensure that https://* is also added in the whitelisted websites.

Configure Live Terminal

To enable live terminal on macOS devices,

  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Navigate to Manage > Devices and select your Mac device
  3. From the Device Summary sub-tab, choose Live Terminal
  4. Click on the Start SSH Session button.

    Configure live terminal

  5. Grant the permission for full disk access. (This option is available only for macOS 10.15+ devices)

    Permission request to access full disk of the device

  6. Click on the Start SSH Session button again to enable the live terminal session.
    Hexnode macOS live terminal