OpenAFS for MacOS - Installation Instructions


Download the latest client from . Double click on the file you downloaded to mount the installer.


Double click on OpenAFS.pkg to start the installer.


  1. Click Continue

  2. Click Continue

  3. Click Continue

  4. Click Continue

  5. Click Agree

  6. Enter "" as the cell name and "cad" as the alias. Click Continue.

  7. Click Continue

  8. Click Install

  9. When prompted, enter the username and password of an administrator account on your Mac. This may be the account you use to log on to your Mac.

  10. Click Close

  11. Open System Preferences

  12. Click on OpenAFS. It is located at the bottom, under Other.

  13. Check "Start AFS at boot". Under Tokens check "AFS Menu" and "Backgrounder".

  14. Click on Mounts. Check "Enable Symbolic Link". Click "Add New Path".

  15. Enter the link name and destination path. The link name can be anything of your choice. This is the name of the alias you will use to access your AFS folder. The destination path is the complete AFS path to the folder you want to access. The path to your personal AFS folder is "/afs/cad/u/", followed by the first letter of your UCID, followed by "/", followed by the second letter of your UCID, followed by "/", followed by your UCID. Close System Preferences when you are done adding the mounts you want.

  16. To access you mounts, you need to authenticate by clicking the AFS icon on the menu bar and then clicking "Get New Token".

  17. Enter your AFS username and password. Press enter or click Get Token.

  18. If you authenticate successfully, you will see the AFS icon change as show below.

  19. Your mounts will show up on the desktop with the link names you chose.

  20. To log out of AFS and prevent access to your AFS folders, click the AFS icon on the menu bar and click "Release token".

  21. The AFS icon will change as shown below. The red cross on the lock indicates that you are logged out.

You can access access AFS without creating mounts by opening your hard drive (usually Macintosh HD) and the double clicking on AFS.


Last Updated: August 25, 2017