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BwanaDik is an IP address (WAN and LAN) menu item. Yes, another IP address app. Just what the world needs. You may be asking yourself "why the heck does the world need another IP address application?" Well, it doesn't. But I did. I looked all over for an IP address app that met my needs, and never found one. So I wrote my own. Here's what I wanted in an IP app:
  • Small, simple, and resides in the menu bar
  • Monitors my network for a good connection. If the connection is lost, let me know with an alert the second it comes back online.
  • Quickly copy my WAN and LAN IP address to the menu bar.
The second point more...

What's New

Version 3.3:
  • Works with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
  • No longer supported under 10.4.
  • Ability to send email alerts removed, as Apple removed the ability to do this in Cocoa under 10.5.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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marzipan Member IconComment+11
marzipan
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it could be that BwanaDik's been updated since the previous posters reviewed it, but for whatever reason, and speaking only of BwanaDik 3.3, i don't have any of the problems they describe. i've watched BD for a while in Activity Monitor and haven't seen it taking more than 1.0% of my CPU nor more than 18.3 MB of RAM. i'll keep an eye on it and see if it uses up more of anything than it should, but i run it constantly - and i don't shut my Macs down, either, so it frequently runs for weeks or months on end - and haven't yet traced any problems back to it.

i don't remember that my experience was so problem-free with earlier versions (but neither do i remember that it wasn't), so i'm not going to say anything about that. but i do heartily recommend giving BwanaDik 3.3 a try. i think it's indispensable.

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Version 3.3
ivanovitch Member IconReview+52
ivanovitch
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I'd love to be able to say that I like this app, but when it consumed 95%-110% of my CPU (i.e. a runaway process), I had to ditch it. A real pity.

I've noticed that it has a memory leak on a number of laptops that I've installed it on, and cannot recommend this app at all on that basis alone: it's too dangerous until it gets fixed.

Other than that, it shows great potential, though I'll be looking for alternatives for now.

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Version 3.2
Maulrat Member IconReview+137
Maulrat
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I really like this little menu app for what it is. This is something that I always thought should be available from the Airport menu.

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Version 3.2
ghibbelan Member IconComment+37
ghibbelan
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If bwanadik doesn't work with Leopard (only local IP is shown in the menu), end it, clear the preference file "com.stimpsoft.bwanadik.plist" securely and restart a new copy of bwanadik 3.1. Since this procedure bwanadik worked again for me .

I appreciate this software! TNX developer!

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Version 3.1
bertobox Member IconReview+9
bertobox
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Alas, we have a Leopard compatible version, THANK YOU BwanaDik gods [developers]!! **bow** **bow**

Long live the BwanaDik developers!!

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Version 3.1
follerec Member IconReview+90
follerec
+1

Finally updated for Leopard. Was planning on doing it myself, but realized I do not have any coding skills at all.

Great little menubar applet that just simply shows whether I have an Internet connection or not. I personally set it to "Small Aqua Spheres", which looks great on Leopard's (and Tiger's) menubar. That, in my opinion, would be a better default than the bigger globe icons.

One wish: customizable servers for checking the external IP. There are plenty out there to choose from. And I'd love to setup my own for my personal use.

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Version 3.1
emdee Member IconComment+0
emdee
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Same problem for me. I've tried to delete preference file for this app and it works! Checking of external IP works again. ;-)

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Version 3.0.4
gap1028
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I too wish to get BwanaDik running again on Leopard. I'm willing to try to remove the preference file, but I have not been able to find it... where is it? what is is called?

bertobox
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after emdee's success I followed the procedure and deleted my old preferences file and still no love. I tried this on my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz and on a couple of PowerMac G5s Dual 2GHz and it did not produce any successful result… :(

@gap1028, to delete your BwanaDik preferences file, go to ~/Library/Preferences/ and find the file called com.stimpsoft.bwanadik.plist and send to the trash. :) good luck!

anoniimous
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well same for me, no more bwanadik.plist file in the Preferences, but no external IP neither !..

CA
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BD had problems after upgrading to Mac OS 10.4.10. Deleting the prefs file fixed my problem. Well, at least this problem :)
The external IP is displayed normally.

bertobox Member IconComment+9
bertobox
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BwanaDik is not working for me, since upgrading to Leopard, is anyone else having this issue?

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Version 3.0.4
MacUpdate-Lon
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Perhaps you should contact the developer, he's very responsive.

http://www.jschilling.net/contact.php

meatmcguffin
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Depends how you mean by broken. It launches and discovers local IPs but not external IPs

bertobox
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meatmcguffin is correct, (i forgot to specify on my previous message), BwanaDik identifies the Local IP address but not the more important External IP, and thus, no way of notifying me of whether or not i have a 'good' signal. :) BwanaDik is a great tool, I have sent the Developer an email (haven't heard back from him yet but hopefully soon), it'll be good to have BwanaDik running as part of my LoginItems again… :)

anoniimous
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I have the same problem with OSX 10.5, Bwanadik gives the local IP but for the external IP it gives 'unknown'. By the way the same applies for the built-in System Preferences>Sharing>Remote login
the local IP is given instead of the external one, no ssh can work.
I am using in the meantime the get IP application but it's a widget, not in the menu bar.

sapigila Member IconReview+1
sapigila
+1

To Developer (Johnny Cat),
this is very good software but add keyword "network status" for this.
I using macupdate search but this thing is not show up. People will hard to find it using search.
I found BwanaDik from people review in other place.

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Version 3.0.4
CA Member IconReview+60
CA
+1

Works fine on my Power Mac running Mac OS 10.4.8 (non-US system). A nice utility!

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Version 3.0.4
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Downloads 27,348
Version Downloads 7,953
License Free
Date 13 Nov 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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