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Share Creation

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Last Modified 2021-07-30 11:03 EDT

The Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) is a network protocol that allows file sharing over a network. It is similar to SMB and NFS, but was made specifically for Apple systems.

Beginning in 2013, Apple began using the SMB sharing protocol as the default option for file sharing and ceased development of the AFP sharing protocol. It is recommended to use SMB sharing instead of AFP, unless files are being shared with legacy Apple products. Please see https://developer.apple.com/library/archive/documentation/FileManagement/Conceptual/APFS_Guide/FAQ/FAQ.html
To create a new share, make sure a dataset is available with all the data for sharing.

AFP Share Configuration

To configure the new share, go to Sharing > Apple Shares (AFP) and click ADD. Because AFP sharing is deprecated, confirm that you intend to create an AFP share. Next, use the file browser to select a dataset to share and enter a descriptive Name for the share.

When the share is to have Time Machine backups, set Time Machine. This advertises the share to other Mac systems as a disk that stores Time Machine backups. It is not recommended to have multiple AFP shares configured for Time Machine backups.

Setting Use as Home Share creates home directories for users that connect to the share. Only one AFP share can be a home share.

The AFP share is enabled by default. To create the share but not immediately enable it, unset Enable. Clicking SUBMIT creates the share.

Sharing AFP Add

Opening the ADVANCED OPTIONS allows modifying the share Permissions, adding a Description, and specifying any Auxiliary Parameters.

Sharing AFP Add Advanced

To edit an existing AFP share, go to Sharing > Apple Shares (AFP) and click .

AFP Service

To begin advertising the AFP shared location, go to Services and toggle AFP. To automatically start the service after TrueNAS boots, set Start Automatically.

It is recommended to use the default settings for the AFP service. However, to adjust the service settings, click .

Services AFP Edit

Connecting to the AFP Share

Use an Apple operating system to connect to the share. First, open the Finder app and click Go > Connect to Server… in the top menu bar. Next, enter afp://{IPofTrueNASsystem} and click Connect. For example, entering afp:// connects to the TrueNAS AFP share at

Apple AFP Connect