Use Network Utility in Mac OS X

Oct 31, 2013 - 6 Comments

Network Utility in Mac OS X Network Utility is a great tool that has been around on the Mac since the very first version of Mac OS X. It provides a variety of helpful networking tools and details, the “Info” tab includes general network info on a per interface level showingIP address, MAC address, link speeds, and sent/received data transfer statistics, and you’ll also have easy GUI access to what are otherwise command line tools, like netstat, ping, nslookup, trace route, whois, finger, and a port scanner.

Network Utility in Mac OS X

Having long resided in /Applications/Utilities/, Apple saw it fit to relocate the Network Utility app from its longstanding home to a new location within a system folder, making it a bit harder to access if you’re looking through the file system. Don’t worry, there are still super-simple ways to access Network Utility onward from Mavericks and Yosemite though, and that’s what we’ll cover.

Put Network Utility in LaunchPad or the Dock

The Network Utility app is now located at the following path, buried in Mac OS X system folders:


You can jump directly to that folder by hitting Command+Shift+G to summon “Go To” and then entering the path.

Making an alias of Network Utility in Mac OS X

Now hold down Command+Option and drag the “Network Utility” app into the Applications folder, LaunchPad, or the Dock to create an alias for quick access (while you’re in there, you may want to send “Wireless Diagnostics” to LaunchPad or the Dock too, it got a facelift and remains an excellent wi-fi utility, scanner, stumbler, and signal optimizer app).

Launch Network Utility with Spotlight

If you don’t want aliases sitting around in the Applications folder, and don’t want the app to sit in your Dock all the time, then the easiest way to launch Network Utility directly is through Spotlight. Hit Command+Spacebar, then start typing “Network Utility” and hit return when the application is returned in the search results.

Launch Network Utility from Spotlight in OS X

This is my preferred method but I’m a huge fan of using Spotlight as an application launcher in general.

Open Network Utility from System Information

The System Information app, found most commonly through the  Apple menu > “About This Mac” > More Info, can also serve to launch Network Utility:

  • Launch System Information and pull down the “Window” menu to find “Network Utility”

Launch Network Utility from System Information

This launches directly into Network Utility, but because you have to open another app to get there, it’s probably not the quickest method compared to Spotlight, placing it in the Dock, or using an alias.

Thanks to @thegraphicmac for the tip inspiration. Have any tip ideas or something you’d like us to look into? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or email!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. WizIT says:

    Network Utility is no longer available in MacOS. Is there any other alternatives?

  2. Jon Mooneyham says:

    Grand — more user-unfriendly shenanigans from Apple. Why make any activity more sophisticated than checking your email so irritating?

  3. John says:

    And what is supposed to show if the ping is successful? I requested only 5 pings and entered “” in the network address to ping box and nothing is happening other than the little spinning animation next to the stop button. Obviously, something is wrong, yet I am able to connect to the www using Safari.

  4. Ray says:

    You are awesome!

  5. railgun says:


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