Directory Utility?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wesleyh, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. wesleyh macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007

    I need to enable the root account but cannot find the "directory utility" that is supposed to be in the utilities folder..

    My mac is set to dutch and the dutch translation of the online docs has not yet been updated for 10.5.. Can anyone show me a screenshot of this app if it is even available? I've opened all apps in the utlities folder and can't find it..
  2. cjstitchman macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2007
    directory utility?

    I seem to have the same problem. Can't find 'Directory Utility' app on my mac anywhere.

    I found another way though. In your utilities folder there should be an app called 'Netinfo Manager'. Open this and click the padlock so you are able to make changes. Then in its menu bar go to Security/Enable Root User. I think this is what your looking for.

  3. Nugget macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    Houston Texas USA
    Before you go too far down that road, are you absolutely certain you need to enable the root user? 99.99999% of the time (scientifically proven!) you're just as well-off by using sudo to obtain root access without the added complexity of enabling the root account. (ref)
  4. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Granted, you shouldn't be enabling the root account unless you really have to (and I haven't had to - although I have done it before just for the hell of it) ... but this is very odd.

    The Leopard docs do indeed say to use the Directory Utility. I have Directory Utility but it is nothing to do with root accounts - it's for setting up directory servers. In Tiger, you used Netinfo Manager to enable the root account, but this isn't to be present in Leopard.

    This seems to be an erratum in the docs.

    Edit: I'm dumb ... the option is present in Directory Utility ... I wonder why Apple moved it there. Anyway, the question now is, why don't you have this in your Utilities? I don't know ...
  5. pieterbezuijen macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2009

    I hope you already found it, but for other users trying to find it (like me)...

    In Dutch Directory Utility is called: Adreslijsthulpprogramma.

    I agree with the others that most of the times root is not needed, but in my case it is (need to change the hosts file for testing purposes).
  6. larkost macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2007
    No, you don't need to enable root to change that. You just need to use the command line like this:
    sudo pico /etc/hosts
    The rest of it is really easy, and will walk you through itself.
  7. lopezfmr macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2009
    In Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) the directory utility is in:


    you can access through System Preferences / Accounts
    or through the terminal with:

    open /System/Library/CoreServices/Directory\

    Hope it help...
  8. Solidsnakeeater macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2012
    I don't find the utilities folder anywhere!:confused:


    I'm using a macbook
  9. patrissimo macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2012
    Was having same problem here. OS X 10.7.4.

    Turns out these files are "invisible" - I can see them from Terminal, but not from finder. You can change the finder to see hidden files with this command line command:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

  10. 4MyOwnSake macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2012
    As it was told, you can find it either in coreservice folder or application > Utility
  11. umdenken macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2015
    I found it here

    in german it is called:

    the hint from lopezfmr is still correct for OSX 10.9.5

    The Problem is to find it (with your eyes in your language) when you have not an english OSX installed. The Folder is:
  12. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    System Preferences -> Users and Groups -> Network Account Server -> Join... -> Open Directory Utility...
  13. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    There's typically another step, before Network Account Server appears:
    1. System Preferences
    2. Users & Groups
    3. Login Options
  14. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Spotlight has no problems finding it. As others have pointed out, its in the CoreServices folder
  15. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    With Mavericks, basic use of the Spotlight menu (simply seeking a name):
    • will find items at /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications
    • will not find items at /System/Library/CoreServices
  16. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    Yep, I missed the Login Options.
  17. hunter3740 macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    up this series of answers has the clue for pre-El Capitan (us the Go menu, Go to Folder, then /System/Library/Coreservices), but I like doing in via Terminal command:
    sudo passwd root

    (you type in your password, then the root password twice, and it's enabled)

    for El Capitan:

    (but I only use Directory Utility for joining domains, and El Capitan has it now also via Users & Groups System Preferences, then Login Items, then note the join button)

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