Index network drives by Spotlight search on Mac OS X

Spotlight Icon Index network drives by Spotlight search on Mac OS X

Spotlight has one of the best made search algorithms of all times. It gives you instant search results so as you start typing in something relavent data starts showing up. All this is true for the mac but for any resource outside the mac spotlight does not work by its self. If you try to use spotlight in a network drive or folder it will show no results.

You can over come this problem by manuallytelling spotlight to index certain network drives.

Open terminal and issue the command
mdutil /Volumes/{volume_name} -i on

Replacing {volume_name} with the actual name of your network drive or folder.

You can check the status if spotlight is indexing the drive by

mdutil /Volumes/{volume_name} -s


Ashmeet Singh

I have just passed class 12 and am looking forward to making it into a good college. I have also been the writer of many blogs such as TechnoDesi,NewtrojansBlog,GammersLane etc. and this blog is my new endeavour in the field of technology.

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15 Responses

  1. Jeroen says:

    I get an error in Terminal:

    Error: invalid path `/Server’.

    • You cannot mdutil a whole device you need to select a particular mount folder
      which is usually /Volumes
      Have a look over there to see all your mounted drives

      • JennyB says:

        When I try this I get this message: “error: invalid operation. No Index.” Since I know there is no index, and I’m trying to create one, I don’t understand the error.

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