What is Bonjour?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Ann P, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    Sorry for the terrible newbie question but I've been figuring out what Bonjour is for the last few days. I've read up on it and I still don't understand what it does exactly. Does it unable you to chat with others on your 'Shared Network'? Please explain it to me briefly.
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

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    Type Bonjour into Spotlight.

    "The Bonjour software connects a computer to nearby websites and devices such as printers and other computers. It also finds iChat buddies and shared information, such as shared music and photos, on a local area network."
     
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  4. Eric S. macrumors 68040

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    Or got to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonjour_(software)

     
  5. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    Or alternatively it's Good Day in the French language.
     
  6. belvdr macrumors 603

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    And here I thought it was a relative of Bon Jovi.
     
  7. kostia macrumors regular

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    It's the way Macs talk to each other on a local network (a LAN). It's the newest generation of the same thing that used to be called Rendezvous, and before that it was called AppleTalk.
     
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  9. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Whoa..... AppleTalk is completely different...!

    Bonjour (old name indeed: Rendezvous) is Apple's implementation of ZeroConf which "runs" on TCP/IP networking, and has nothing to do with AppleTalk.

    Apple uses it to make services easily configurable and discoverable on the TCP/IP based LAN.
    Okay, AppleTalk also made services easily discoverable (remember Mac OS 9's Chooser?), and with that ease-of-use in mind, Apple uses Bonjour to help you setup and use network services.
     
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    The Italians knew of these problems before computers were even invented, thus the exclamation, "Bonjour, no!"
     

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