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How do I temporarily disconnect a Mac from the network without touching cables?

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A workaround to a problem I'm having with an application on my Mac (desktop machine) is to disconnect from the network before launching the program. I headed over to the network settings to look for a way to do that, but didn't find anything like "disconnect" or "disable" in the UI, and I sure don't want to change settings to cause it to fail. I had to physically disconnect the Ethernet cable.

I'm using Mac OS 10.12.6 (Sierra) on a Mac Mini with a wired connection (not WiFi). My cable management is, um, not good, but even if it were, there's a lot of stuff plugged in in close quarters, and unplugging things risks disturbing other things and that's a hassle. I'd like to be able to disconnect and then reconnect using my keyboard and mouse. Is this possible?

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If your goal is to only disconnect certain apps, you can use tools like

to block the network access of the particular app instead of disconnecting your whole computer.

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Lulu solved my problem (4 comments)

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