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Opening macOS Ventura’s System Settings to desired locations via the command line

With the release of macOS Ventura, the System Preferences application has been replaced with the System Settings application.

macOS Monterey System Preferences:

Screen Shot 2022 10 25 at 3 08 11 PM

macOS Ventura System Settings:

Screenshot 2022 10 25 at 3 10 04 PM

Along with this change, a number of previously-known commands for opening individual System Preferences preference panes from the command line no longer work with System Settings.

However, it looks like the underlying command line functionality wasn’t changed by Apple. You just need to know what the new options are to enter. For more details, please see below the jump.

I’ve put together a list of the ones I’ve found to work, which is available below. Find any more? Please let me know in the comments:


Open Storage, in System Settings: General:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.settings.Storage
Open Software Update, in System Settings: General:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Software-Update-Settings.extension
Open General, in System Settings:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.systempreferences.GeneralSettings
Open Privacy & Security, in System Settings:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.security
Open Privacy & Security, in System Settings:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.settings.PrivacySecurity.extension
Open Startup Disk, in System Settings: General:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.startupdisk
Open Startup Disk, in System Settings: General:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Startup-Disk-Settings.extension
Open Displays, in System Settings:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.displays
Open Wallpaper, in System Settings:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Wallpaper-Settings.extension
Open Network, in System Settings:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.network
Open Network, in System Settings:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Network-Settings.extension
Open Profiles, in System Settings: Privacy & Security:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Profiles-Settings.extension
Open Transfer or Reset, in System Settings: General:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Transfer-Reset-Settings.extension
Open Date & Time, in System Settings: General:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Date-Time-Settings.extension
Open About, in System Settings: General:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.SystemProfiler.AboutExtension
Open Language & Region, in System Settings: General:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Localization-Settings.extension
Open Login Items, in System Settings: General:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.LoginItems-Settings.extension
Open Sharing, in System Settings: General:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Sharing-Settings.extension
Open AirDrop & Handoff, in System Settings: General
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.AirDrop-Handoff-Settings.extension
Open Time Machine, in System Settings: General
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Time-Machine-Settings.extension
Open Appearance, in System Settings:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Appearance-Settings.extension
Open Apple ID, in System Settings:
open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preferences.AppleIDPrefPane

Categories: Mac administration, macOS
  1. October 25, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Hi.
    I’m currently testing
    open “x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Profiles-Settings.extension”
    and
    open “x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preferences.configurationprofiles”
    I’m landing in the same Profiles pane.
    It looks like for now there is no difference. But that was worth testing with your insights ! Post saved for future reference !

  2. Martin van Diemen
    October 27, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Open Users & Groups:
    open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preferences.users

    Tried this in an early beta which didn’t work but I’m glad it’s still working. I used https://developer.apple.com/documentation/devicemanagement/systempreferences in the past.

  3. Simon
    November 2, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Opens: TouchID Settings
    open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Touch-ID-Settings.extension
    Opens: Battery Settings
    open x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Battery-Settings.extension

  4. cgssi
    November 3, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    Anyway to bring these to the foreground when opening?

  5. Dennis
    November 10, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    open “x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.security?Privacy_ScreenCapture”

    Still works for going to “Screen Recording”

  6. cgssi
    November 11, 2022 at 9:17 am

    It seems after updating to 13.0.1 these do open in the foreground

  7. BrianVP
    December 5, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Found ’em all! Blog post and link to the complete list is over on the blog: https://www.macosadventures.com/2022/12/05/how-to-open-every-section-of-macos-ventura-system-settings/

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