How to Block Youtube on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you looking for a way to block YouTube on your Mac? Whether you want to increase productivity, limit distractions, or create a safe browsing environment for children, blocking YouTube can be a useful solution.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of blocking YouTube on your Mac using simple and effective methods. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Blocking YouTube through Parental Controls

If you want to block YouTube specifically for child users or limit access to certain websites, using the built-in Parental Controls feature in macOS is a great option. Follow these steps to set up website restrictions:

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To access the Parental Controls feature, start by opening System Preferences. You can find this option in the Apple menu or by searching in Spotlight.

Step 2: Select the User

In the System Preferences window, select “Parental Controls.” You will see a list of user accounts on your Mac. Choose the user account for which you want to block YouTube.

Step 3: Enable Parental Controls

Click on the lock icon at the bottom left corner of the window and enter your administrator password to make changes. Then click on “Enable Parental Controls” for the selected user account.

Step 4: Customize Website Restrictions

In the Parental Controls settings for the selected user account, navigate to the “Web” tab. Here, click on “Try to limit access to adult websites automatically” if it is not already selected.

To add custom restrictions like blocking YouTube specifically, click on “Customize..” next to “Limit Adult Websites.” In this window, click on “+” and add “” as a restricted website.

You can also choose to allow specific websites by clicking on “+” and adding them to the “Always allow these websites” list.

Once you have made the necessary changes, click on “OK” to save the settings. The selected user account will now be restricted from accessing YouTube.

Method 2: Editing the Hosts File

If you want to block YouTube for all users on your Mac, editing the hosts file can help. The hosts file is a system file that maps hostnames to IP addresses. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Terminal

To edit the hosts file, open Terminal by searching for it in Spotlight or navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Step 2: Open the Hosts File

In the Terminal window, type the following command and press Enter:

$ sudo nano /etc/hosts

You will be prompted to enter your administrator password. Once entered, press Enter again.

Step 3: Edit the Hosts File

The hosts file will open in a text editor within Terminal. Use the arrow keys to navigate to an empty line below any existing content.

Type in the following line to block YouTube:


If you want to block multiple websites, add each website on a new line using the same format:

Step 4: Save and Exit

To save your changes in Nano (the text editor), press Control + O, then press Enter.

To exit Nano, press Control + X.

Method 3: Using Third-Party Software

If you prefer a more comprehensive solution or want to block YouTube along with other distracting websites, third-party software can help. There are various applications available that offer website blocking features, such as “SelfControl,” “Focus,” or “Cold Turkey.”

These applications allow you to create customized lists of blocked websites and set specific time intervals for blocking access. Some even provide additional features like scheduling, notifications, and usage statistics.

Explore different options and choose the software that best suits your requirements.


Blocking YouTube on your Mac can be a simple yet effective way to increase productivity or create a safer browsing environment. In this tutorial, we covered three methods: using Parental Controls, editing the hosts file, and using third-party software.

Remember that using these methods may require administrative privileges and affect all users on your Mac or specific user accounts depending on the method chosen. Choose the method that suits your needs best and enjoy a YouTube-free browsing experience!

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