WiFi/Check is a simple app that displays information about the WiFi connections made from your Mac. In the upgrade from Big Sur to Monterrey, Apple changed the permissions on the data file - so it now requires a password to access and any modifications to the file will require a password to make the change. This also uses the command line utility networksetup for reading preferred order and to remove a WiFi network from the list and if you want to see the password for the WiFi Network stored in your Keychain, it will prompt for a password there, too.

I built this mostly as an exercise to learn SwiftUI and scratch an itch, runs on Big Sur and Monterrey.


SHA1: f145d0f4661df4d98fdc33b2d473826ae12b25bb
SHA256: d6cef7b581925788011f5810a880078e8690a425f5019b5f6eaf2e1951ab9077

PS: You can validate the hash of the download using Hash/Check.

Should I trust an app I download from the internet?

You should be skeptical of anything you download from some relatively unknown location. The app has been notarized by Apple - which is not a guarantee that it is "safe", but it means at least Apple has run it through whatever "app checker" they have and didn't create any red flags. If they app requires you to disable security for any reason, you got the wrong app.

Yeah, I'm not typing in my password in some random app I download.

Great! I wouldn't put my password into any app I just downloaded either. If you're on Big Sur, you don't need to. Apple change the permissions of the known networks file in Monterrey that requires your password to access, specifically:

This is read and some of the data displayed is taken from this file. If you are on Monterrey and don't want to enter the password, you can open Terminal, and change the permissions on the file yourself (that's all the app does) like this:
sudo chmod 644 /Library/Preferences/com.apple.wifi.known-networks.plist

There used to be a bunch more interesting information in this file but it seems each release of macOS is getting rid of details, so not sure how much longer the information will remain useful.

Woah! You also want a password to show me my WiFi password?

Yes. However, if you want to find this information yourself, this can also be found by opening the Keychain Access app from your /Applications/Utilities folder, searching for your WiFi network name, selecting the item in the list, clicking on the "Show password" checkbox... Anyway, this was more of convenience, and it uses the Apple supplied Keychain APIs, so the app never actually sees your password.

What does "Remove WiFi" acutally do? Will this delete my WiFi?

No. This removes the WiFi entry from your saved list of "known networks". If you remove the WiFi you will have to rejoin that WiFi just like you did the first time. Worst case scenario.

Why would I bother removing the WiFi?

I personally don't like keeping WiFi network information for networks I really don't use on a regular basis. Especially if you keep "open" (networks with no passwords) around. If somebody decides to spoof an open network in a coffee shop, you just might join a network you don't expect to. Not a problem for most people, but keeping your approved "known networks" list to a limited set is a personal preference.