This is BwanaDik as originally brought to you by John Schilling (at This app tells you by way of a menubar icon whether or not you have an internet connection. It is green when all is good and red when you are not connected. Clicking on the icon will also give you your local and external IP addresses, as well as access to the app's settings for notifications and to the mac's network settings.

I have been using this app for years and find I can't live without it. I have revived it for Mavericks and thought it would be nice to see it on the app store so more people can enjoy this classic "killer app". This app will always remain free. I will do my best to keep it updated, and perhaps even add a thing or two if there is any demand for it.

What’s New

Version 4.1.0

BwanaDik Version History

4.1.0 - 5 Sept 2017
• Re-incorporated email notifications.
• Small improvements to the log view.
• Added a new external ip source -
• Added a new external ip source -
• Added a new external ip source -
• Added a new external ip source -
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• Added a new external ip source -
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• Fixed a bug to ensure that the menubar icon is valid (thanks Len).

4.0.6 - 19 Aug 2017
• Added a log file
• Added an ATS exception to allow HTTP access under the new SDK requirements.

4.0.5 - 18 Aug 2017
• Updated to latest SDK
• Removed 'Apple' status icons due to IP infringement

4.0.4 - 12 Apr 2015
• Improvements to 'Launch at Login'.
• Added 'Yosemite' style status icons designed by Ярослав Пронин (Pronin Yaroslav)

4.0.3 - 17 Dec 2014
• Changed 'Launch at Login' to conform to Apples sandbox limit changes in Mavericks.

4.0.2 - 14 Aug 2014
• Changed the mechanism for how network devices are identified.

Ratings and Reviews

VeryVito ,

Used this for YEARS… Glad to see it’s still supported!

BwanaDik is one of the first apps I install on a new Mac… and it has been for years. Simple, reliable and out of the way. I noticed the other day that my old copy was not 32-bit, so I was happy to see a new version here on the App Store that will survive the coming deprecation of 32-bit macOS apps.

Gib Henry ,

Just what you need to know

I’m delighted that this app has been revived! It will alert you when your internet connection drops, and again when it returns—you’ll never again wonder whether you’re online or not. It will also display your local and internet (WAN and LAN) IP addresses (now including IPv6). Most useful when set to launch at startup. Tip: choose your WAN or LAN IP address from its menu, and it will be automatically copied to your clipboard!

JAPetersen ,

I feel naked without it in my menu bar!

Thanks to the original developer, John Schilling, and a BIG thanks to you for reviving it. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it pop up in my search results. Its the goofy little bits of software that make our jobs easier and this is one of them. Works perfectly.


Henk vanBruggen
2.8 MB
OS X 10.6.6 or later, 64-bit processor
English, French
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2006 John Schilling / StimpSoft, inc


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