Macos – How to disable Spotlight in Snow Leopard


It seems previous Spotlight disabling method that worked in Leopard, no longer works in Snow Leopard.

How can I disable Spotlight in Snow Leopard?

Best Answer

Open up terminal app and type in:

mdutil -a -i off

mdutil -- manages the metadata stores used by Spotlight

-a applies for all volumes

-i turns indexing on or off

For more help type in terminal:

man mdutil


If you prefer not to use the Terminal, you can use this paid software Spotless.