BwanaDik
BwanaDik
4.1.0

4.2

BwanaDik free download for Mac

BwanaDik4.1.0

08 September 2017

IP address (WAN and LAN) menu item.

Overview

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, and if the connection is lost, let me know with an alert the second it comes back online; and
  • quickly copy my WAN and LAN IP address to the menu bar.

The second point is the more important, which is really why I wrote this thing. See, I work at a coffee shop that has a really crappy DSL line, and an even crappier Airport Base Station. The connection comes and goes every 5 minutes. And there is nothing more frustrating than opening up Safari and typing in a search in the address bar, only to be slapped with an alert-sheet saying the site cannot be found. Then I have to sit around watching my network control panel to see when I'm back online again, because a lot of times the info I need on the Web is for work.

Now, with BwanaDik, I can look at the menu bar and know right away if I can access the Internet or not. Even better, when my network is back online, BwanaDik lets me know right away with an alert window. So now I can keep typing code and when the network is ready, I can go do my searches and whatnot.

What's new in BwanaDik

Version 4.1.0:
  • Re-incorporated email notifications
  • Small improvements to the log view
  • Added a new external IP source - https://www.ipify.org
  • Added a new external IP source - https://ifcfg.me
  • Added a new external IP source - https://myexternalip.com
  • Added a new external IP source - http://ipecho.net
  • Added a new external IP source - https://www.icanhazip.com
  • Added a new external IP source - https://www.ipinfo.io
  • Added a new external IP source - https://www.trackip.net
  • Added a new external IP source - https://ipapi.co
  • Added a new external IP source - https://freegeoip.net
  • Added a new external IP source - https://ident.me
  • Fixed a bug to ensure that the menubar icon is valid

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How would you rate BwanaDik app?

44 Reviews of BwanaDik

5
Maulrat
15 October 2008
Version: 3.2

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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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5
Ok14me21
15 January 2020
Version: 4.1.0
Love It!
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TJLuoma
14 July 2019
Version: 4.1.0
As of 2019-07-13, http://www.vanprosolutions.com/ is down and the Mac App Store link says that it's no longer available. Wonder what happened.
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5
WordWeaver
26 February 2019
Version: 4.1.0
Still the best FREE IP address -- WAN and LAN -- menubar app out there. I have been using it for years on several machines. This is a must-have utility for all Internet users. Thanks again John Schilling and Henk vanBruggen.
(0)
5
Balmac
05 November 2018
Version: 4.1.0
BwanaDik has been around for years and is the best little IP utility you can have on your Mac. Would use it every day.
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4.5
Freeshare
11 March 2018
Version: 4.1.0
Does its job, very well.
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3
roro01
09 September 2017
Version: 4.1.0
Funny name for an application - bwana in East Africa is a boss or master.
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5
Diarbyrag
21 August 2017
Version: 4.0.6
Brilliant, was using an old original version 3.3 which was still working fine on Sierra but getting an updated version on the App Store and for free is a nice bonus ! Nice work Henk, having my little green globe shining in the menu bar tells me all is well !
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4.5
WordWeaver
21 August 2017
Version: 4.0.5
Bwanadik 4.0.5 -- downloaded from the App Store -- is not working properly on an early 2009 24" iMac running 10.11.6. Somewhat similar to Jimw's comment below, 4.0.5 does not recognize my external IP address -- says it is unknown -- and it reports that I am not connected, which is contrary to the truth. So, I have the red menubar icon, instead of the green one. I am using an Airport Extreme router, BTW. Apparently, there is something in 4.0.5 that is causing the aforementioned problem. So, I deleted the complete "com.vanprosolutions.BwanaDik" folder from ~/Library/Containers -- it was the only Bwanadik-related files/folders that I could find on my hard drive -- and then reinstalled 4.0.4, which is working fine again. I am also curious as to why Bwanadik requires all of the following folders or folder aliases in its "Data" folder. Perhaps Van Pro Solutions would like to comment regarding this: Desktop Documents Downloads Library Movies Music Pictures Bwanadik has worked well for me for a number of years now. Thus, I am just subtracting half a star due to the current problems.
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0.5
Jimw
20 August 2017
Version: 4.0.5
Unfortunately, using an AT&T u-Verse Gateway to connect, and running MOS 10.12.6 it failed to recognize my WAN IP connection.. It also placed numerous files all over my boot drive which I found with File Buddy.
(0)
5
anonymous-tapir-4715
15 March 2016
Version: 3.3
Available in the Mac App Store - and you know Apple would *never* screw up.
(0)
5
momijigari
16 April 2015
Version: 3.3
Does its job, and works on every OS so far.
(0)
5
RogerKatz
18 January 2015
Version: 3.3
VanPro Solutions has taken over updates for BwanaDik. It's now at version 4.0.3 http://www.vanprosolutions.com/software/
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marzipan
24 November 2010
Version: 3.3
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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1
ivanovitch
31 October 2008
Version: 3.2
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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5
Maulrat
15 October 2008
Version: 3.2
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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Arnauld
03 August 2008
Version: 3.1
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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5
Bertobox
15 January 2008
Version: 3.1
Alas, we have a Leopard compatible version, THANK YOU BwanaDik gods [developers]!! **bow** **bow** Long live the BwanaDik developers!!
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5
Follerec
15 January 2008
Version: 3.1
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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Emdee
08 December 2007
Version: 3.0.4
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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Bertobox
31 October 2007
Version: 3.0.4
BwanaDik is not working for me, since upgrading to Leopard, is anyone else having this issue?
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5
Sapigila
20 December 2006
Version: 3.0.4
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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5
Ca
24 October 2006
Version: 3.0.4
Works fine on my Power Mac running Mac OS 10.4.8 (non-US system). A nice utility!
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5
mrsidoric
04 October 2006
Version: 3.0.3
BwanaDik is a road-warrior must have. Have spent hours trying to make a coffeehouse wi-fi connection work only to discover the wireless works but the internet router was down. BwanaDik's glowing orb is all I need to really know. The interface and settings are well-reasoned and the operations have been flawless. Very impressive support by John. BTW -- SUPPORT THIS DEVELOPER... his software is useful, fun, and rooted in the true Mac tradition. His website is also fun and engaging. Stimpy would be proud.
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Ca
09 September 2006
Version: 3.0.1
BwanaDik has always worked flawlessly. Except version 3.0.1. I have a death beachball when I try to select the little blue ball in the menu bar. BwanaDik quits after this :(
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5
Sublinear
09 September 2006
Version: 3.0
Love it! Does what it says id does, and it does it well!
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Darth-Brooks
09 September 2006
Version: 3.0
Sounds like what I'm looking for too, but unfortunately it won't open in 10.3.9.
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celloguy
27 August 2006
Version: 2.6
I really like Bwanadik and it has the functionality I wanted. However, I have never been able to get the e-mail alerts to work. I have them checked in the preferences, but for some reason, I've never gotten an e-mail. I'd really love to have it all work-does anyone have a similar experience and/or fix?
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Thebryceman
17 June 2006
Version: 2.5
BwanaDik is THE BEST IP monitoring Menu Bar Application. I have tried many others and BwanaDik is now the best all round! Simple, elegant and does everything I want. I only reviewed version 2.0 a week ago and can't believe that version 2.5 is now out with E-mail support! So, in a heart beat I have now donated as promised. Thanks for a great App John!
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Mistercharlie
13 June 2006
Version: 2.5
Well, despite the aothor's claims, this is exactly what I have been looking for. I have an intermittent connection and it is great to have a visual indicator of this, along with alert messages. Not much to say really. Simple stuff, done well.
(0)
4.5
Thebryceman
06 June 2006
Version: 2.0
Bwanadik is a well done app that I have used many times and it was very useful when had a bad ADSL connection. However I have had to go back to IP Menu (very similar program) as it automatically sends an e-mail if your IP address changes. If Bwanadik could encorporate an automatic e-mail system on IP change then I would use it and donate to the author in a heart beat.
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5
Macs-R-We
02 May 2006
Version: 1.3
This app does precisely what I want. I install it on my clients' machines so when they call in for help I can immediately tell if their network is OK and then get them to give me their IP address without leading them through a lot of complicated screens. HOWEVER, good luck finding this app. MacUpdate, like almost every other "download service," is using the same URL the developer advertises -- which is a DEAD LINK. :-(
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5
Jay3ld
19 December 2005
Version: 1.3
Using it for my first time and i love it. Its really easy to see the difference between 2 colors to know if im online or not. Though i use macupdates MUMenu and its nice i can put my own icons in for new updates or not. Would be cool to see this application let me choose the icon i want to see.
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5
Anonymous
24 November 2005
Version: 1.3
This is the best out there. I was using IP Menu which is OK as well but BwanaDik (err whats in a name?) does a few things such as choosing the refresh time and coloured menubar icons to show active/inactive network. Get rid off all other pretend IP notifiers, this is the ONLY option.
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4.5
Ryan
01 March 2005
Version: 1.3
Great. My linksys router goes on the blink quite often -- it'll still share the LAN network over wireless, but I can't get any connection to the internet. BwanaDik makes it very easy to check to see if I have LAN, WAN, both, or neither. Sure is a stupid name, though...
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4.75
iSlayer
26 January 2005
Version: 1.3
Hi, Great little app. any chance of being able to display multiple interfaces. i have ethternet and airport running and the app will only show my airport
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5
Anonymous
15 December 2004
Version: 1.3
Perfect!..I'm the guy with the cantenna down the street...
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4.75
Anonymous
14 December 2004
Version: 1.3
Hi, great software! I only have one suggestion: Add a link to: - Network preferences - The "Location" menu (to switch locations) keep up the good work!
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Anonymous
08 December 2004
Version: 1.2
In the next version can you add the version info to the Finder. When I do a get info it doesn't tell me what version it is.
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4.75
Anonymous
08 December 2004
Version: 1.2
Thanks to the dev for taking the time to write a good description. Good marks for that. The program seems rather useful; I think it has a home on my menubar. (Along w/ half a dozen other items from SoundSource, iChat, MenuMeters... :)
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4.75
Gufus
07 December 2004
Version: 1.2
Does what it says perfectly.
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5
Anonymous
30 November 2004
Version: 1.1
Nice bit of Freeware. It works great, and thank you very much. I was the Anon that responded to the Person Unsettled By The Name. Latex Solar Beef would have been better, actually. If you wanted to stay with the Flo & Eddy band, "Easy Meat" would be a good name (ref. The Florida Airport Tape). Or, to combine a Flo & Eddie band reference AND an obscure Neal Stephenson bit (heh), I'd suggest "Spew King."
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Anonymous
30 November 2004
Version: 1.1
Who wants a what?!? How in the world did the developer come up with this name?
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5
Anonymous
29 November 2004
Version: 1.1
Nice little piece of soft. Others are charging for things like this, and some are not so good as this one, really. Thanks to the developer for providing us with this for free! :-)
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Johnnycat1
29 November 2004
Version: 1.0
If anyone downloaded BwanaDik this morning, please download it again. I've fixed the problem where it thinks the network is broken if the server where it gets the WAN IP from is too busy. Plus, I'm using a better, faster server for that now.
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Free

4.2

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
Application is not under development & not supported.

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