What Is Bonjour On My Computer? [2023]

What Is Bonjour On My Computer

Are you constantly bugged by the “Bonjour” notifications appearing in your computer? Don’t worry – my client – Paul had the same issue last week, so thought I’d write something about this today!

We will provide a comprehensive guide to understanding everything about Bonjour: from its underlying technology to its ubiquity across devices.

We’ll also look at the benefits and capabilities of using Bonjour for your local network as well as instructions on how to install or uninstall it depending upon needs. 

What is Bonjour and How Does It Work?

Bonjour is a network discovery and management protocol that enables devices to find other services on a local network.

Overview of Bonjour

Bonjour is a zero-configuration (zeroconf) networking protocol from Apple. 

It simplifies network setup by allowing devices to automatically discover each other without manual configuration. By using IP, UDP, and Multicast DNS (mDNS), Bonjour provides efficient connections for networks such as local area networks and virtual private networks.

Popular applications that utilize the Bonjour platform include iTunes, Adobe Creative Suite programs, Filezilla FTP Clients, AirPlay streaming services and printers by HP or Canon.

Apart from being used within the Apple environment, Bonjour can be accessed through various programming languages such as Foundation, Core Foundation, Java and Python.

Moreover , Apple has released an implementation of bonjour called mDNSResponder (mdnsresponder.exe)  for Windows computers which runs in the background while providing functions like address assignment name resolution and location services on top of Windows operating systems.

Cross-Platform Applications: Bonjour is essential for making iOS applications compatible with non-Apple devices. It enables the identification of servers for file-sharing and enables iTunes to locate shared music, iPhoto to find shared photos, and more. 

How Bonjour works on different platforms (iOS, Windows, Linux)?

Bonjour is simplifies connecting different devices together by using IP, UDP, and multicast DNS (mDNS) on various computer operating systems.

Common applications that use Bonjour

Bonjour is a widely used technology and can be found in many third-party applications.

These include Adobe Creative Suite CS3, Dassault Systemes’ Solidworks, TiVo, and Gizmo5. Mac OS X users will also know that it’s pre-installed with any Apple computers as well as AirPort networking devices to enable easy network discovery.

Benefits and Capabilities of Bonjour

Benefits of using Bonjour on your computer

Bonjour is a networking technology that makes setting up and managing computer networks quick and easy. It simplifies the network setup process by allowing devices to automatically discover each other without manual configuration, creating a hybrid environment across different operating systems.

Moreover, Bonjour offers advanced capabilities such as address assignment, name resolution services and location information for reliable device detection while using minimal bandwidth.

Installation of Bonjour is also simple; all you need to do is enable it on your computer’s operating system or download an installation file for iTunes on Windows.

By opting for this convenient feature, users can enjoy seamless connectivity between their devices with enhanced security features.

Capabilities of Bonjour

Bonjour enables devices connected to a wifi network to share information quickly and efficiently, without the need for manual configuration or definition of protocols.

  • It assigns an IP address to each device on the network automatically, allowing every device to communicate effectively with one another.
  • Bonjour also facilitates name resolution so that computers can access websites and services using domain names instead of addresses only.
  • In addition, it provides location services which enable users to learn about resources available near them even when they are not connected by a common network.

Installation and Uninstallation of Bonjour

How to install Bonjour on Windows?

  1. To start the installation procedure, download Bonjour from Apple’s website depending on your operating system version.

The installer available for Bonjour is only applicable to Windows XP and upwards and later versions of OS X as well as iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

  1. After downloading the installer file on a computer or device with an active internet connection, open the .exe file and click on “Run” when prompted by the security prompt window during initiation of setup wizard.
  2. Once you initiate setup process you may be asked to provide Administrator access or permission which will help in successful installation process of Bonjour service files and other necessary components related driver software or intermediary libraries .
  3. Now your screen should show brief information about license agreement feel free to go through it before establishing a working agreement with Terms & Condition put into effect by clicking “I Agree” button displayed at bottom right corner.
  4. Follow all instructions seen while installation finishes with required updates being installed followed by loading various drivers within same sequence finally reaching displaying success message mentioned below :

How to stop or uninstall Bonjour?

Stopping or uninstalling Bonjour from a Windows computer is a straightforward process and takes only a few minutes. You can safely remove it.

In order to stop the service, one must first access their control panel .

Here are the steps:

  1. Open your Control Panel and click “Uninstall A Program” under Programs.
  2. Look for “Bonjour” in the list of installed programs and double-click it to uninstall it from your system.
  3. This will bring up an uninstallation wizard which you can follow through until completion – make sure you read all the information carefully and follow the instructions on screen explicitly.
  4. Once finished, close out any windows that may have been opened during this process (including the Control Panel Window).Restarting your computer following these instructions is recommended by Apple as some of its applications rely heavily on having Bonjour running at all times; reinstalling manually after restarting is possible if needed but not always necessary unless something malfunctions due to having stopped/uninstalled it in advance.

Common Questions and Concerns about Bonjour

Is Bonjour a virus?

No, Bonjour is not a virus.

It is Apple’s version of a zero-configuration networking protocol which provides automatic device detection and enables devices to connect with each other on a common network.

This background service makes use of IP, UDP and multicast DNS (mDNS) technologies for finding shared music and shared services such as media libraries in the network.

With Bonjour installed on your computer, applications are able to discover shared services without needing manual configuration or setup from the user.

Popular software such as iTunes, AirPlay and Skype make use of this technology to enable seamless connectivity between devices.

Additionally, many programming languages also utilize Bonjour APIs in order to create app features that can interact with one another over different networks.

Do you need Bonjour on your Windows device?

In essence – YES! While there are no mandatory requirements for having Bonjour installed in your device if you plan to use Apple products then it should certainly be considered.

Bonjour prevents potential bugs/lags caused due to its absence when used by supported applications like iTunes and Safari which requires Bonjours service for localizing content like music library within a computer network while attempting connections between various services.

Its convenience also means that users will have fewer issues setting up network settings or accessing certain service features located in different networks connected through Wi-Fi boundary beams.

Is it safe to uninstall Bonjour?

Uninstalling Bonjour from a Windows computer is generally considered safe, in that it does not pose any serious harm to the system files.

That being said, there are potential consequences of uninstalling it: unexplainable bugs and lags in applications relying on Bonjour for functions like address assignment, name resolution or location services.

Apple and AirPort devices come pre-installed with Bonjour so uninstalling it may make interacting with these devices more cumbersome. It is not mandatory for Windows users to keep Bonjour running in the background but depending on what kind of Apple products you own (e.g., AppleTV or iPhones) having this service activated could prove beneficial while running Windows/Linux on your PC.

Which software uses Bonjour?

Bonjour technology is compatible with a wide range of programming languages, operating systems and services. Common software that utilizes Bonjour’s networking capabilities include Skype, Chrome, Firefox, iTunes and other Apple devices.

Other popular applications that leverage Bonjour technologies are Adobe Creative Suite programs (such as Photoshop & Illustrator), streaming applications like Netflix & Hulu Plus and VoIP services like Vonage and Magic Jack Phone Service.

How to activate Bonjour for iTunes on Windows?

  1. To start, open the Control Panel of your Windows computer. This can be done by typing “Control panel” in the search bar at the bottom left corner of your screen and then selecting it from the list of options that appear.
  2. Next, click on Administrative Tools and then select Services from the list provided. Alternatively, you can search for “Services” in the Control Panel search bar and go straight to it.
  3. In Services, look for Bonjour Service and ensure that its Status is marked as Running. If not, right-click on Bonjour Service and select Start from the list that appears.
  4. Once the service has been started, right-click on Bonjour Service once again and select Properties this time around. Here you will find an option called Startup type at the top of this pop-up window which must be set to Automatic to successfully activate Bonjour for iTunes on Windows computers. Select Automatic from the dropdown menu here and click OK to save changes made thus far.
  5. After making these changes, restart your computer for them to take effect completely and reinstall iTunes if already installed so that Bonjour works as intended with it on Windows machines seamlessly.
I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...