Are you looking for a large file to test disk file transfers or your internal network speed? Instead of downloading a massive test file and wasting your Internet bandwidth, simply generate one with a simple command right on your Mac.
To get started, open up Terminal on your Mac. The
mkfile command is going to help us create our file.
stevesinchak@tweaks ~ % mkfile
usage: mkfile [-nv] size[b|k|m|g] filename
The command accepts a few parameters but we are primarily going to be using the size and then the size qualifier of
b for bytes,
k for kilobytes,
m for megabytes, and
g for gigabytes. The easiest way to run the command is to
cd to the folder you want the file in Terminal, and then simply run
mkfile <the size you want><the qualifer> and the <file name>.
Refer to the examples below for how to create different-size test files:
Create a 100 MB file:
mkfile 100m test.file
Create a 1 GB file:
mkfile 1g test.file
Create a 100 GB file:
mkfile 100g test.file
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