AirPort Utility 5.6.1 on OS X 10.9 Mavericks

To download AirPort Utility v5.6.1 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, scroll to the bottom of this post.

A New, Simple Solution

A few days ago, I posted a workaround to get AirPort Utility v5.6.1 working under OS X 10.9 Mavericks (old post, infra, under “Old Post”). That workaround involved renaming or replacing a system file and then launching AirPort Utility via Terminal. Now, that solution still works (and is included in the collapsed “Old Post” section, infra) but it was far from ideal. Most users would prefer not to have to alter or replace system files (even if the replacement is simply an older version of the same file from Apple), so I continued looking at the problem. Today, I am posting a better solution.

AirPort Utility v5.6.1 on OS X 10.9 Mavericks

As I stated in the previous version of this post, the issue with AirPort Utility v5.6.1 under OS X 10.9 Mavericks is that a system file upon which AirPort Utility relies was updated in 10.9 and that update broke backwards compatibility with AirPort Utility v5.6.1. The file in question is Apple80211 in /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A. Replacing this file with the older version allows AirPort Utility v5.6.1 to be run under 10.9, but only via Terminal (i.e., double-clicking it will not launch it, it will throw an error).

However, there is a way to get around this issue by importing the older library into AirPort Utility v5.6.1 before running it. That is what the new solution, downloadable, infra, does.

Usage Notes

Note: you can bypass having to go into System Preferences, detailed infra, by simply right-clicking (or control-clicking) on the Launcher and then clicking “Open” from the pop-up menu instead of double-clicking to open it.

I have not signed this application (i.e., AirPort Utility v5.6.1 Launcher.app) as an “identified developer”. Consequently, you will almost certainly receive the following prompt when running the application (at least the first time):
AirPort 5.6.1 Launcher Warning

As long as the warning looks like the one I’ve given here as an example, everything is fine. Of course, once you click Open, Gatekeeper (OS X’s relatively new security feature) will identify the application as being from an “unidentified developer” and, unless you’ve changed the default settings, it will prevent the application from running.

In order to allow the application to run (and thereby to launch AirPort Utility v5.6.1), you will need to navigate to the Security & Privacy pane in System Preferences. Once there, you will see this notification under the General tab:

Security & Privacy Pane: AirPort 5.6.1 Launcher

Click the “Open Anyway” button. AirPort Utility 5.6.1 Launcher should run and launch AirPort Utility v5.6.1 without anymore work on your part. Additionally, future uses of the launcher should not require any of the foregoing steps (except running the launcher itself). n.b., any time you want to use AirPort Utility 5.6.1, you must launch it via the launcher application (i.e., AirPort 5.6.1 Launcher.app) instead of by double-clicking on AirPort Utility 5.6.1; this is due to the fact that the launcher must inject the older version of the Apple80211 library or else AirPort Utility 5.6.1 cannot run under OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

Downloads

 


Download AirPort Utility 5.6.1 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Please select either the *.zip version or the *.dmg version (they contain the exact same files):

Download “AirPort Utility 5.6.1 Launcher”

  • Filename: airport-utility-5.6.1.zip
  • Size: 13 MB
  • Downloaded: 18649 times
Download “AirPort Utility 5.6.1 Launcher (*.dmg)”

  • Filename: airport-utility-5.6.1.dmg_.zip
  • Size: 11 MB
  • Downloaded: 16456 times

The .dmg download may not work in Chrome; to resolve this issue, simply use Safari or Firefox (or download the .zip version, which contains the exact same files).
This is due to some conflict between Chrome and Download Monitor, which will hopefully be resolved soon.


Updates

17 Dec 2013: New Download-Management Plugin
09 Dec 2013
23 Nov 2013
01 Nov 2013
04 Nov 2013
12 Nov 2013: Linking to This Solution, Apple Support Communities, Downloading Software from Third Parties

Once downloaded, the zip should automatically expand (if it doesn’t, just double-click it to expand it manually) and create a folder entitled “AirPort Utility 5.6.1″, keep this folder. AirPort 5.6.1 Launcher.appAirPort Utility 5.6.1 Launcher.app and AirPort Utility 5.6.1.app are both included inside this folder. Whenever you want to use AirPort Utility v5.6.1, just run the launcher either by double-clicking it or via Spotlight. And that’s it, you now have a working version of AirPort Utility v5.6.1 under OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

FAQ

Why not use a single application? / Why use a companion application?
How do I link to the Launcher on the Apple Support Communities? / Why did Apple remove my link from the Apple Support Communities?

Last Updated 11 Nov 2013

Miscellanea

Download OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Version of Apple80211
Launcher Code

Old Information

Disclaimer for Older Version
No such file or directory error
Old Post

Now you can go back to managing your various AirPort products (e.g., AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, and Time Capsule) without having to mourn the features missing from v6.3.

371 Comments

  1. Awesome. Thanks.

    Reply
  2. A BIG thank you for this awesome solution. I was on the point of trotting off to Apple to buy more expensive hardware when I came across this, and it works perfectly. Thank you !!!

    Reply
  3. Thanks a lot!
    Got a colleague’s AirPort Extreme (2nd gen) firmware updated using your tool under Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

    Reply
  4. Thank you so so much!

    Reply
  5. Hi, it doesn’t work for me: I have Mavericks and I’m trying to use AirPort Express A1088 which I never used before on my MacBook Pro. Please note that all the messages I get are in Italian, therefore what follows is my attempt of translating them!
    After few minutes the system recognized the AirPort, and asked me to switch from my wifi network to AirPort in order to configure it. I said Yes, but after 3-4 minutes (while the message shown was “Reading the configurationof AirPort Express” an error appeared: Be sure that the base wifi is connected and is in the area of the computer or that is connected via ethernet, and try again (-6753). Please also note that I use static IP on my Mac.
    I also tried to connect it via ethernet… but same error… What should I do?
    I only wish to configure Airport Express to use a Canon MP250 printer which is not wireless…
    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Since I see you have a follow-up comment, I’ll reply to that one.

      Reply
  6. Hi again! Thanks to a Samsung netbook with Windows 7 Starter (!?@§) I succeeded in configuring it.
    The led is green, finally. In the configuration the printer is listed, but doesn’t work: if I try to print, an error says that the printer is not online.

    Please note that also the AirPort has now a static IP. I’m sure I did something wrong, but can’t figure out what!
    I configured the AirPort in order to be a part of the existing network and I didn’t create a new network.

    Here are some settings:
    The firmware version is 6.3, ID AirPort 00:11:24:0C:06:27 – ID network 00:11:24:0C:06:26. Printer is Canon MP250. Connection via wireless network, sharing connection disabled (bridge modality).
    Password for the network is WPA2 personal. Each one of my devices has a static IP, as, otherwise, they could not work with the router DLink DSL-2740B. Firmware Version of the DLink: EU_5.17.
    Last but not least, I own a MacBook Pro (2010 if I’m not wrong) and a brand new MacBook Air, both with Mavericks.

    Please feel free to ask any info you consider useful to solve this mistery…
    I know that with 60 euros I can buy a brand new wifi Canon printer, but since mine works perfectly and never betrayed me, I’d like to make it work with this obsolete AirPort!

    Thanks again!
    Francesca Romana

    Reply
    • How was the printer configured to work with the Mac? If the printer was previously connected via USB and has now been moved to the AirPort Express, it would be best to remove the printer with the “-” in the Printers & Scanners pane of System Preferences, and then re-add it via the “+”. It may be that your Mac is attempting to connect to the printer at its old location (i.e., the directly-connected USB cable), and, consequently, not finding it. If that doesn’t fix the problem, then we can try a few other things.

      Reply
      • Yeah, it was configured via USB.
        It worked as you said, so GREAT!
        Thank you very much!
        Francesca Romana

        Reply
  7. Thanks mate,

    Reply
  8. Question, how would I go about making this work on OS X Yosemite?

    Reply
    • I don’t currently have a computer running the beta of OS X Yosemite; however, when the OS is released, I’ll revisit this Launcher, if necessary, and try to get it working under OS X Yosemite.

      Reply
  9. Thank you so much for an awesome fix. It worked perfectly. Great work!

    Reply
  10. Thank you for making this available! Was listening to Adam Christiansen’s MacCast Podcast of 6/14 where he mentioned your Airport Utility 5.6.1 fix for those of us who use older Apple Airport Extreme for WiFi. Works great! Thank you.
    ~Patrick Smith

    Reply
  11. Thank you so much for this! I can finally fiddle with my old airport again. I was wondering if you could do the same thing with another application with which I had a problem. It would be the Starcraft Anthology Carbon Installer. If it could work, I could finally reinstall my old copy I have of the first Starcraft.

    Again, thank you!

    Reply
    • Unfortunately, getting the Carbon installer for the Starcraft Anthology working under Mavericks (or any of the recent versions of OS X) would likely require a great deal of effort, and is beyond my knowledge. Your best bet would probably be to run an older version of OS X as a virtual machine and run SC that way.

      Reply
  12. Thanks!!

    Reply
  13. Extremely useful, thank you so much. You saved me a ton of hassle getting my annoying Samsung printer working again on my network.

    Reply
  14. Thank you oh so much .

    Reply
  15. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!

    Reply
  16. Did not work for me. Not sure why. It is an express g airport. I ran your installer, got through the open anyway stuff, but does not play music. AirPort 5.6.1 runs and see the express, there is a green light on the express and the airplay menu shows the device. But no music. FM radio does play on the stereo the express is hooked up too. Any help?

    Reply
    • There are a handful of possible issues that could be causing the communication failure between your AirPort Express and whatever device from which you’re attempting to stream audio (the issue is probably not a hardware one, but, of course, could be).

      1. Reboot both the AirPort Express and the Mac/other device from which you are attempting to stream audio.
      2. Check that the AirPort Express and the Mac are both on the same network (e.g., make sure the AirPort Express isn’t creating its own network while the Mac is connected to another wireless network created by another device).
      3. Check your firewall settings in System Preferences >> Security & Privacy >> Firewall >> Firewall Options… (e.g., if you’re using iTunes, you’ll want to make sure it’s configured to allow incoming connections).
      4. Disable any third-party, connection-blocking software (e.g., Little Snitch), or create an appropriate rule to allow communication between iTunes and the AirPort Express.

      If none of these options work, try connecting to the AirPort Express directly via an Ethernet connection and see if streaming works. If so, at least we’ve narrowed down the issue to network communication and can work from there.

      Reply
  17. Tried 1 and 3. No go. Not sure how to check 2 and 4 is not applicable, no software like it on my mac. May get to your last option, but may take awhile. Thanks.

    Reply
    • Let me know how the Ethernet option works when you get a chance. As for making sure both devices are on the same network, it would mostly be a matter of just letting me know how your network is configured. Is the AirPort Express your only wireless router? is it extending a wireless network? something else?

      Reply
  18. Incredibly super awesomely helpful

    Reply
  19. Your patch did worked once, now I can’t get my stations configured simply because I can’t get a green light … :(
    I did a soft reset, a hard reset and a factory reset. None gives me a green light on the Airport Express itself. Any suggestions?

    Reply
    • How are you connecting to the AirPort Express? Is AirPort Utility able to see the unit?

      Reply
  20. Thanks so much worked a treat with my old xpress hate to throw out old hardware when it can still be made to work!

    Reply
  21. If I’m close enough to the Airport Express and do a hard reset … guess what? Yes, I can config the base station … :)

    Reply
  22. Still works great.

    Reply
  23. Amazing. Works perfectly

    Reply
  24. Hi Corey -

    I just stopped by to let you know that your utility works great on OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta (14A299I).

    Thanks again for all of your efforts – I have seem many, many courteous replies from you on my email subscription since I posted last October to thank you (FIRST!! – BTW!).

    You rock! (and so does Yosemite, BTW!)

    Take care,

    Fred

    Reply
    • Glad to hear it works under Yosemite. I haven’t had a chance to look at the beta yet. Hopefully it will continue to work as Yosemite nears release and I can just update this post with a note that the Launcher works under OS X 10.8-10.10.

      Reply
  25. I just want to say thanks for this fix. The Mavericks solution also seems to work perfectly fine on Lion 10.7.5, for which the official Airport Utility 5.6 Lion installer fails.

    Reply
  26. This is wonderful!

    Since the update to the Utility I’ve been given a new Airport Express, and bought (eBay) an old second-gen Time Capsule, which leaves me with two Airport Expresses (one 1st gen, one new one), a Time Capsule and a router, connected to powerline ethernet (actually, the TC takes ether direct from the router, then serves it over the powerline to the two airports)all serving a small flat (four rooms and a balcony < 80 sqm).

    Even with each device on different channels, with all the Airport devices in bridge mode offering up a single SSID, I was having huge problems with devices trying to maintain poor connections to APs in other rooms, rather than switching channel and binding with the nearest AP. Obviously the solution was to reduce signal strength on each device, so that devices would more readily drop the distant connections… But the new Airport Utility doesn't offer the option (what on earth is that about?).

    A lot of frustrated googling finally led me here, and finally my problems are solved. I genuinely can't thank you enough for providing such a simple, all-in-one download package. You really ought to get a donate button or something – I feel I owe you!

    Reply
    • I’m glad the Launcher was able to help you get things working. I’m still hoping that Apple will eventually release a more full-featured version of the 6.x AirPort Utility. The capability is there in the hardware, we just need a good utility to access it.

      PS: There is a small donate button more or less ‘hidden’ in the footer (under the small, green ““); it is easy to miss, but I want to continue to avoid making it a focus of the site.

      Reply
  27. Thank you thank you!! You’re a life saver!

    Reply
  28. This was perfect. Thank you!

    Reply
  29. thanks this worked great!

    Reply
  30. Thank you!

    Reply
  31. Awesome! Had to recreate my multi-generation multi-Airport network after replacing a dead AT&T DSL modem. That was frustrating enough, but when I found that Airport Utility 5.6 wouldn’t load on 10.9 my head nearly exploded. Thankfully Googled my way to your solution, which worked perfectly, allowing me to avoid the purchase of a new Airport Express! Thanks so much.

    Reply
  32. Thanks for this – saved my day – very appreciative for your sharing

    Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Simon Fredsted’s blog » Blog Archive » Airport Utility 5.6 Dies with Mavericks - […] Update: And here’s the fix. […]
  2. Mavericks and Airport Utility - Mac-Forums Discussions for Apple Products & Services - […] 03:53 PM Run airport utility 5.6 on 10.9 Mavericks ? - MacRumors Forums or easy version …
  3. AirPort 5.6 incompatible Maverick | LINKING BRAIN - […] utilisateur propose une solution plus simple : il a mis en ligne l’utilitaire AirPort 5.6.1 accompagné d’un petit script qui est …
  4. 7 Known Issues With OS X Mavericks and How to Fix Them | Apple Inc. Apple.com - […] less powerful current version of the Airport Utility 6.3.2. Thankfully, Corey J. Mahler posted not only a fix to …
  5. 7 распространенных проблем Mavericks и пути их решения | Блог о Mac, iPhone, iPad, Mac OS X, iPod и других Apple-штучках - […] счастью, Кори Мэлер (Corey Mahler) опубликовал у себя в блоге не только исправленную версию AirPort Utility […]
  6. WordPress Download-Management Plugins | Corey J. Mahler - […] increase in traffic shown in that graph is almost entirely attributable to the AirPort Utility 5.6.1 on OS X …
  7. 7 known issues and how to fix them | Exploretech Blog | Exploretech Tech Blog Exploretech Tech Blog - […] leaving many with the less powerful current version of the Airport Utility 6.3.2. Thankfully, Corey J. Mahler posted not only a …
  8. Airport Utility 5.6 and Mavericks – NetUse traffic monitor - […] Airport Utility 5.6 alive and well under Mavericks. For these who interested in the details, please read on his …
  9. AirPort Utility 5.6.1 on Mavericks | Station in the Metro - […] Anyway, check it out for yourself here. […]
  10. Airport Extreme: SNMP unter Mavericks aktivieren › mkleine.de - […] Programme von externen Seiten im Netz auszuführen, aber ich halte diese für vertrauenswürdig. Auf der Seite von Corey J. …
  11. app problematiche con Mavericks | cacasenno - […] Utility Airport 5.6 […]
  12. AirPort Utility 5.6.1 rebuilt to run on Mavericks | Gordon's shares - […] Link. Need this for my old Airport Express on downstairs stereo. Get this while you still can. […]
  13. How to configure Apple Airport Express 1st Generation on Mavericks – Centurios Blog - […] online for a solution to this problem, I’ve found this blog post which provides you with a running Configuration …
  14. Can I Still Use The Older Airport Utility 5.5.3 If I Install The 6.0 Version Of Airport Utility? | Click & Find Answer ! - […] Use a modified version of AirPort Utility which includes the file in the app bundle. […]
  15. Alte Airport Express unter Mavericks konfigurieren | Technikjournalist - […] OS X Mavericks mit einer Software installieren. Die Lösung kommt von Corey Mahler und hier ist der Eintrag dazu. Ihr …
  16. Airport Utility 5.6.1 on OS X 10.9 | 小凱的筆記本 - […] 網路上找到強者寫了 Script 讓 Airport Utility 5.6.1 可以跑在 10.9.2 上,特此做一個記錄。 […]
  17. Alten Airport Express mit Mavericks einrichten | Tutopials - […] Für jene, die das Programm auch brauchen, hier der Link: Airport-Dienstprogramm […]

Leave a Reply