Network Utility in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

In OS X 10.9 Mavericks the very useful Network Utility app has been moved from its previous location in /Applications/Utilities to /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications. You can activate it by navigating to that folder and simply opening it as normal.

There is also another way to activate Network Utility. Simply open up the ‘System Information’ app, which can still be found in Applications/Utilities, then in the menus at the top of the screen open up the ‘Window’ menu and select ‘Network Utility’.


  • Thanx Marek,

    This really helps me. I was in search for it already for some time.

  • John

    In the Mavericks release, it’s in a further subdirectory called “Applications”, so the full path is now /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications/

  • Robert Ameeti

    I found it in the Applications folder within CoreServices

  • Vladimir Velkov

    Thanks, Marek!

    But, why they’ve removed it from where it used to be … it’s just annoying; is there a possibility to add a shortcut in Launchpad or at least pin it on the dock?


    • Arseniy

      to Vladimir Velkov: when launched press right-button (two-finger click) on icon in launchpad and choose Parameters -> Leave in Dock

      • Vladimir Velkov

        Yeah, managed to add it on the dock and in the Launchpad also 🙂


    • Dean

      Hey V.

      I managed to find it in the mentioned location & then selected them all from within that folder, dragged & dropped back into the normal Applications directory in Finder. Seems to have worked with no problem.

      Just bare in mind it is going to request Administrator Authentication. And you may have to re-organise them in the Launchpad.

    • marek

      Hi V,

      To create a shortcut in the Applications just drag it there whilst holding Command and Alt. You’ll see the icon changes to have a little arrow at the bottom-left, which signifies it is a shortcut that is being created rather than a copy of the whole app.

      This is the best way to do it as it means if an OS X system update causes the app to be updated then your shortcut will always point to the new version.

      That said, you might also want to archive a copy of the app just in case Apple ever decide to actually delete it.

    • I know you figured it out already, but I thought I’d post this for anyone else who happened to be wondering.

      Simply open the app via the instructions above and then when the Network Utility is in the Dock, just right click the icon and say “Show in Finder.” That will open a new Finder window to where the app is actually located. Then from there, you could create an alias and place that in the Applications folder or you could drag it into your Launchpad.

      I hope that helps!

  • JoeK

    You can search for it easily enough in spotlight and drag it down to the dock. Glad it’s still around. I was getting nervous!

  • Remy

    To pin it to the dock you just have to start the app. Right-click it to open the option-menu and pin it to the dock.

    Thanks for sharing the location of the app!

  • Thanks for sharing, Marek.

  • John

    Once you find it in the CoreServices folder, you can do anything you like: alias it to your Desktop or back into /Applications/Utilities, drag it to the Dock, etc.

  • LY

    I think the app has also been renamed as “Network Diagnostics”

    • LY

      Oops. My bad. Network Diagnostics app is something else. Funny though I couldn’t find the Network Utility from the CoreServices folder, although I could launch it from System Information.

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  • Eric

    Make an alias, add it to your applications folder, done. That way it’ll show up in Launchpad and spotlight without having to pin it to your dock

  • Barry

    Who’s the idiot at Apple that moved it? Whoever it is ,it appears they are a non-technical person as this is a very helpful app for troubleshooting network issues.

  • quaidoralious

    better yet, search Spotlight “Network Utility”

  • Michael

    Thanks! Why do they hide such useful programs?!? It certainly doesn’t “clean things up” or have any obvious advantage. Microsoft seems he77 bent on hiding every useful part of Windows. I hope Apple doesn’t follow suit!

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  • Dean

    Can anyone help me with restoring my TimeMachine Backups?
    For some reason its saying I don’t have permission to restore or even access the data of the other two standard user backups with my Admin user account.

  • Gil

    Symbolic link it back to Utilities:
    sudo ln -s "/System/Library/CoreServices/Applications/Network" "/Applications/Utilities/Network"

  • lepaka

    it is also ok if you call it in the Spotlight, just write Network Utility and select it 🙂

    • Eric

      lepaka, if it’s a core service it doesn’t come up in Spotlight, that’s why you need to copy or make an alias in a non /System folder.

      • lepaka

        sorry but i desagree, just try it … type Network Utility (you dont even need to type it completely) and voilá , you can call it. i am running on 10.9 as you guys and i have not custumised configurations.

  • sam

    I would hardly call Network Utility “lost” as it appears from Spotlight search.

    What i would call it is a major step backwards, or “broken” in Mavericks (version 1.8 (86).)

    The LookUp tab no longer renders any useful information, except an A record.
    So i archived /coreservices/applications/Network Utility and then dragged the old version (from another mac on my network) into the same location.

    How odd the old version from Mountain Lion (or what ever the 10.8 release is called) is preferable to the newest version.

    • John

      I would venture to say that it was in the name of simplification. People who use the Network Utility rather than the command line for things like DNS queries likely just want something easy to understand, without all the other extra info typically delivered by dig or nslookup….otherwise they’d be using dig or nslookup.

  • Khalid

    How to tell if my MacBook Pro Wi-Fi is connecting using 802.11n ?


    • marek

      Hold option(alt) and click the Wi-Fi symbol at the top-right menubar. The drop-down that appears will have a lot more detail, and you can determine from the channel and speed whether you are on 802.11n or not.

  • Khalid

    Super.. Thanx.. How about iPad Air ?


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  • PcGee

    You can also open Network Utility by doing a Spotlight search.

  • Robert

    In 10.10.3 security update they moved it again to /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications

    • Thanks for letting me know. I’ve updated the post with the new path.

  • Dave W

    Moronic idea to move it. What the fuck?