Hidden App in MacOS X – Network Diagnostics

hidden apps in MacOS X

There are a number of helper applications hidden away in MacOS X. Sometimes just little things used by the built in applications, sometimes a bit more powerful. Many of them you’d never really want to run interactively, but there is one that I wish was more obviously available:

Network Diagnostics

This is the application that can get launched from Safari (or some of the other applications) when you don’t have an active internet connection. I see it periodically at coffee shops when the wireless freaks out. Today I decided to really hunt it down.

You *can* run it any time you want using the terminal:

open /System/Library/CoreServices/Network Diagnostics.app

It has a great little red light/green light status list that gives a quick view on how things are doing with connecting to networks. Kinda neat.

I do wish it was in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Guess maybe I ought to submit a bug or somethin’, huh?