AirPort Utility
AirPort Utility
6.3.1

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AirPort Utility free download for Mac

AirPort Utility6.3.1

31 May 2018

Set up and manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations.

Overview

Use AirPort Utility to set up and manage your 802.11n and 802.11ac AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. AirPort Utility 6.3.1 resolves an issue where AirPort base stations may not appear in AirPort Utility.

For the latest information on AirPort software, check Software Update in System Preferences or the following Apple Support Downloads website

What's new in AirPort Utility

Version 6.3.1:
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52 Reviews of AirPort Utility

2
Derekcurrie
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0

Most helpful

Use new Airport Utility version 5.6 instead. It works with BOTH g and n Airport devices. But note that version 6.0 ONLY works with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Pros: If you like minimized iOS style apps, here you go! Cons: Despite the simplification and minimization of settings and services in v6.0, there is no Setup Assistant and it a lot of users are finding it to be confusing as well as frustrating. I personally have no use for version 6.0 and use version 5.6 instead. Summary: Apple released Airport Utility versions 5.6 and 6.0 at the same time along side Firmware Update 7.6.1 for n Wi-Fi type Airport devices. They also released accompanying documentation that has confused A LOT of people as to what is what and for what. Several of us up at Apple's discussion boards have worked to sort out the actual situation. Here is a quick summary of what we found: 1) No one requires Airport Utility version 6.0. You can entirely skip it if you don't like it. There is nothing special about it apart from it being based upon the interface for the iOS version of Airport Utility. 2) Airport Utility v5.6 is completely functional with BOTH g AND n Airport devices. This is the version to use if you want to keep full functionality control on BOTH types of Airport devices. It's that simple. You don't require version 6.0 for anything at all, but you can use it if you like it. 3) You can install BOTH versions 6.0 and 5.6 on your Mac. They don't overwrite each other. They work fine together. 4) Despite Apple's odd documentation, you CAN install Firmware Update 7.6.1 from Airport Utility version 5.6 or even earlier. 5) Airport Utility v6.0 brings with it newly updated Apple Help. Sadly, the Help has some errors and does not reconcile the differences between v6.0 and v5.6. The result is user confusion. Not good. IOW: Just download and install Airport Utility version 5.6 and nothing changes except the added iCloud functionality and bug fix in Firmware Update 7.6.1. I personally have no use for version 6.0 and won't be using it at all. VERY POOR SHOW APPLE. This is how to update and document things the WRONG WAY. But thank you for Airport Utility version 5.6, the REAL update, as well as Firmware Update v7.6.1 ! ! ! Both get 5 stars from me.
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hmfwic47
16 November 2017
Version: 6.3.7
Airport Utility version 6.3.8 of is out.
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MacOSX4ever
29 October 2013
Version: 6.3.1
New version of AirPort Utility 5.6.1 launcher for Mavericks. This version doesn't require the modification of the AirPort Utility itself. It is a stand-alone app that will launch AirPort Utility 5.6.1. I included a short Read Me file that explains it. http://www.putlocker.com/file/04E0F92A8554891C
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Frankof
15 June 2013
Version: 6.3
I found a way to make 6.3 work with older TimeCapsules: switching on IPv6 in: Preferences - Network - advanced - TCP/IP - configure IPv6, then set it to "Link-local only". Apparently 6.3 communicates with the TC via IPv6.
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0.5
rich1bklyn
11 June 2013
Version: 6.3
Many users have found their AirPort Express or Extreme Base Stations are no longer recognized after updating from version 6.2 of the Airport Utility. Do not update to this version until Apple deals with the bug reports and fixes the issue!
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Moxiesozo
09 February 2013
Version: 6.2
Has the very-useful ability to rename connected USB printer(s) been taken away? I no longer can find the "Printers" tab, and thus no longer have control over naming attached printer(s). It sucks to have several identical printers connected to a Airport Extreme or Express (USB hubs are fully supported) and be unable to instantly identify which printer is which from a client machine.
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Robk
09 February 2013
Version: 6.2
Looks like Apple's routers now supports WPS. But I understand that WPS is a security nightmare. Can one turn off WPS (like most other routers) using Airport Utility?
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5
Frosty
08 February 2013
Version: 6.2
It does the job, no problems.
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0.5
David29
08 February 2013
Version: 6.2
This still sucks. Apple really screwed up when they went from v5.6 to v6.x. They dumbed-down the program (trying to make it more iOS-like) and removed features that I need to use.
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Macinman
07 February 2013
Version: 6.2
I'm glad to still see apple supporting my 2nd Generation airport extreme. I have 80211n with Gigabyte ethernet, and i have 5Ghz compatibility, I just lack the dual band support. Anyway today airport utility 6.2 installed without problems on my white macbook, running Lion, and airport firmware version 7.6.3 installed without problems on my base station. Seems like i'm back up and running without any trouble.
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4
Foulger
07 February 2013
Version: 6.2
Updates Airport express and airport extreme base stations but with time capsule it repeatedly asks for the password over and over after several minutes
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Zx81
25 July 2012
Version: 6.1
Broke my link to my Timecapsule. Went back to os 10.7.3 and 5.5.3 ; happy ever since! Maybe I could have used 5.6.1? Any idea?
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Jozgta
17 July 2012
Version: 6.1
Well, version 6.x works, but that's it. Functionality is too limited and not exactly more intuitive either. Stick to V5.6 which can be found here: http://support.apple.com/downloads/#airport
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Macguruguy
12 June 2012
Version: 6.1
MacUpdate Related Links note -- 5.6.1 doesn't work with 10.7. Have to use 5.6 with 10.7 for other features or older 802.11g Airports. Isn't it nice how Apple has taken something simple and made it more complicated by adding multiple versions. Get the software engineers to make it work with ALL airports and ALL features -- and quit screwing with your customers!
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Macguruguy
12 June 2012
Version: 6.1
Not able to adjust signal strength or set for wide n
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1.5
Psychos
12 June 2012
Version: 6.1
Okay, 6.1 has SOME IPv6 support back...but still not all the same options that 5.x had. For example, there's no option to configure the netmask in host mode! I tried sticking /48 on the end of my address, but that didn't take; apparently, they assume that any end user will be using a /64. Note that they still provide 5.6.x for "advanced users" or whatever. Unfortunately, the 5.6.1 version currently linked on MU is only for 10.5/10.6, even though the text says it's for 10.7. (There doesn't seem to be a 10.7-compatible version of 5.6.1 on Apple's site at all. Just 5.6.) I cannot give this a higher rating until they restore full IPv6 support in 6.x.
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Libertyforall1776
04 May 2012
Version: 6.0
Apple's IPv6 crisis: http://www.macworld.com/article/1166522/apples_ipv6_misstep_is_a_sign_of_the_times.html Of course 6.0 does not mention the lack of IPv6 configuration options, requiring you to go back to 5.x for IPv6 support! Ridiculous, Apple!
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Appledogx
22 March 2012
Version: 6.0
Lion started freezing on me almost daily, but just since this update. It could be coincidence, but somehow I doubt it. The pre-Lion Apple and Lion-onwards Apple seems to have a very different quality control.
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2
Jdehnert
02 February 2012
Version: 6.0
This new version really, really needs an advanced configuration/monitoring option. Its OK for the basics, but the loss of functionality from the previous version just makes it less capable for people who want/need more visibility into what is going on with the airports. Fortunately, Apple still (at the time of this mini review) still provides the previous version of the Airport management utility.
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TurdFerguson82
02 February 2012
Version: 6.0
Weak! No support for wireless g devices including Apple's own Airport Express (older model). I don't know what is going on with Apple these days. I feel they are really pushing the limits on trying to capitalize on their customers expense. If they are not careful, they are going to start pushing their customers back to PC. It is ridiculous for them to keep discontinueing support for their older generation devices once a newer model comes out. They put out new models of all their equipment twice a year!
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Nogatorp
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
Wow. With all the negatives, this sounds like a Windows program!!
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2
Derekcurrie
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
Use new Airport Utility version 5.6 instead. It works with BOTH g and n Airport devices. But note that version 6.0 ONLY works with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Pros: If you like minimized iOS style apps, here you go! Cons: Despite the simplification and minimization of settings and services in v6.0, there is no Setup Assistant and it a lot of users are finding it to be confusing as well as frustrating. I personally have no use for version 6.0 and use version 5.6 instead. Summary: Apple released Airport Utility versions 5.6 and 6.0 at the same time along side Firmware Update 7.6.1 for n Wi-Fi type Airport devices. They also released accompanying documentation that has confused A LOT of people as to what is what and for what. Several of us up at Apple's discussion boards have worked to sort out the actual situation. Here is a quick summary of what we found: 1) No one requires Airport Utility version 6.0. You can entirely skip it if you don't like it. There is nothing special about it apart from it being based upon the interface for the iOS version of Airport Utility. 2) Airport Utility v5.6 is completely functional with BOTH g AND n Airport devices. This is the version to use if you want to keep full functionality control on BOTH types of Airport devices. It's that simple. You don't require version 6.0 for anything at all, but you can use it if you like it. 3) You can install BOTH versions 6.0 and 5.6 on your Mac. They don't overwrite each other. They work fine together. 4) Despite Apple's odd documentation, you CAN install Firmware Update 7.6.1 from Airport Utility version 5.6 or even earlier. 5) Airport Utility v6.0 brings with it newly updated Apple Help. Sadly, the Help has some errors and does not reconcile the differences between v6.0 and v5.6. The result is user confusion. Not good. IOW: Just download and install Airport Utility version 5.6 and nothing changes except the added iCloud functionality and bug fix in Firmware Update 7.6.1. I personally have no use for version 6.0 and won't be using it at all. VERY POOR SHOW APPLE. This is how to update and document things the WRONG WAY. But thank you for Airport Utility version 5.6, the REAL update, as well as Firmware Update v7.6.1 ! ! ! Both get 5 stars from me.
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P-Crosby
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
Anyone having issues with the Airport Express which I had. I reset the PRAM and it has now started working. Hope this helps others. :)
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2
Psychos
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
Most annoyingly, my old AirPort Express is now listed as "not supported by this version of Airport Utility. It's still displayed next to my supported AirPort Extreme, but the tooltip tells me to download 5.6. So I did that, and it works with both base stations fine. (This reeks of planned hardware obsolescence to me, since it's not like it'd be hard to support it...especially when they have a new version of the older 5.x utility just out as well.) As others have noted, various configuration options have disappeared as well. No "advanced" options or anything; I'd have been fine if they were just made less accessible. But apparently Apple doesn't think we're smart enough to set up or use certain things anymore... At least installing 5.6 leaves the new version alone, so both can co-exist. Though, I wonder if 5.6 will get automatic updates...
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0.5
Macguruguy
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
Removed options in Airport Utility. Not happy Apple!
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2
Ean
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
First, Apple did a stealth downgrade of the Airport Express hardware in removing the ability to manage profiles. I don't know about the other Airport models. Then, this software update removes--among other things--the ability to manage profiles even if you have older hardware. For anyone who totes around an Airport to set up ad hoc networks, this is a deal-breaker. Here is the link for version 5.6: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1482 I have not tested this version to see if it still gives access to the hardware features.
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0.5
Peteeckel
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
The new version 6.0 of the AirPort Utility is lacking all features whatsoever for - SNMP configuration - Syslog configuration - IPv6 configuration - 802.11x configuration - Log viewing That said, it's absolutely, utterly useless to me. But pretty, I have to admit. Version 5.6 also came out today, allegedly 'for 802.11g models'. It has the old interface, provides all mentioned configuration options and works fine with 802.11n airports as well. So I use that for the time being, while looking for replacements for my 4 Airport Express devices.
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4
D9
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
I've got no issue with the new interface. Different, yes, so therefore takes time to get acquainted, but it still provides all the functionality as before. I appreciate the visual network mapping too. Along with the firmware update, I've noticed no real changes in performance, which is a good thing in my case. /
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1.5
Bupkis
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
The new user interface, borrowed from the iOS clients, is awful. Much harder to get any kind of overview of what configuration options are available.
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5
RavenNevermore
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
Update went smoothly. Also showed my firmware needed to be updated. I'm typing this so obviously my network connection is working. :) Interface takes getting used to, but functionality is fine.
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Tobit
31 January 2012
Version: 6.0
How can I setup my printer [connected to USB]? This new version only offered 2 visible lines for each list (e.g. MAC address or Port Mapping) => it's really hard to have an overview.
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anonymous-tyrannosaurus-5294
31 January 2012
Version: 5.5.3
Took my connection out completely, what progress. A trip back in Time Machine and a restart managed to get me back on. But it should not be like this!
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0.5
SentPacking
03 September 2011
Version: 5.5.3
Prompted to update to 5.5.3- bad idea. Airport Utility can now not find my Airport Express. USELESS. Have tried everything, going on 4 hours now. Why prompt me to update to flawed software? Thanks alot.
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Shadokuss
17 June 2011
Version: 5.5.3
My Airport since updating doesn't work well. Everything before was fine. Crap update; after 3 or 4 hours of connectivity airport cannot see and connect any network. Only a reboot resolve this, and I need to reboot twice sometimes. I tried to check disk preference and scripts maintain with Onyx but does nothing. Worse update from Apple since 2 years for me. Fix this quickly!!!
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1.5
greg's
16 June 2011
Version: 5.5.3
Since updating, on my 2008 MacBook 10.6.7, I keep on loosing my connexion with my box, Airport can hardly find my 10 feet away box....
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Zephyris
15 June 2011
Version: 5.5.3
Updated without issues on the 1st Generation Airport Extreme. Wifi is working.
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Holypoly
15 June 2011
Version: 5.5.2
Beware - after updating to ver5.5.2 Airport Utility no longer detects my Airport Express base, even though it still shows up under Network.
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Culture-Of-One
19 December 2010
Version: 5.5.2
Anybody else notice that after the update the "Time Connected" no longer displays correctly? Not sure if this is a result of the AirPort Utility update or the latest AirPort Extreme firmware update, but since the updates, the timer no longer resets when I disconnect and reconnect. I have a dynamic IP, and I like to know how long I've been connected via a given IP. Instead, now I can tell exactly how much time has passed since I made the software/firmware update ;) Any suggestions on how to correct this would be appreciated.
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5
anonymous-tapir-4715
17 December 2010
Version: 5.5.2
This app has always worked fine, with the older Airport Express and the current model.
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Barnyb
17 December 2010
Version: 5.5.2
Worked fine. I have no complaints with the update.
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Iamdorian
04 June 2009
Version: 5.4.2
One wonders if this is in response to the recent faux pas updating to OS X 10.5.7. That update caused by Airport card to completely loose connection to my Apple Express AIrport box. I'll try the update and see if this fixes that problem. ::: crossing fingers:::
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Shk747
04 June 2009
Version: 5.4.2
no problems at all. mac pro, imac, umbp ..
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Michael Frankel
04 June 2009
Version: 5.4.2
This update has proven to be VERY unstable, especially on my MacBook Pro, which after the initial update and reboot caused EVERYTHING to crash repeatedly. After rebooting, it seemed to be fine. Running a permissions repair revealed ALOT of things needing repair. Did someone in Apple's QA department fall asleep while testing this thing??
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Mbp-Gkb
18 March 2009
Version: 5.4.1
5.4.1/7.4.1 Airport update I've been using the Time Capsule as my primary network. I extended my network with an Airport extreme (version prior to the latest). It's been working on 5.3.2 and has been solid as a rock. When the update came out, I was excited. I downloaded it and installed it and WOW my internet connection was screaming fast! It lasted just long enough for the back up to start on the Time capsule. The TC started failing backups, my connection to the net turned into the slowest thing since my 56k modem days. I started out by believing that Apple could do no wrong and fussed at my ISP. Well, I started hunting around and it seems others are having issues with this update. I'm noticing connection drops, the email client won't log in, I'm actually trying to connect to my neighbors ISP just to download the older version (it's still on your mac in the library directory, so if you can't find it or can't connect, look there) I back loaded to the 5.3.2/7.3.2 version and what do you know, it works great again. Solid as a rock. A week went by and It was working well. I thought again it might have been the ISP and updated it again (because my Airports were screaming at me 'Update available!') It was super fast for about 3 minutes. I was excited again for 3 minutes .. then it was back in the commode again. I'm now back on 5.3.2/7.3.2 and am happy to stay there until apple fixes this patch. Three words for you my friends ... DON'T DO IT!!!!'
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Tdu
17 March 2009
Version: 5.4.1
I have the same issues as previous posters. My wireless connection had been bulletproof up until installing this update. In my case I didn't even mean to install it was the worst part. Airport Utility asked if I wanted to update it when I had it open, and I wasn't reading the dialogs carefully enough and hit ok by mistake. I have regretted it ever since. My connection CONSTANTLY drops. If I leave the computer idle for more than 1/2 hour, I end up having to reset my base station just to get it to show up. It costs me a ton of time each workday. This update has been a DISASTER for me. And obviously from the reviews, I am not alone. I normally only leave comments and not a star rating, but if anything deserves a one star ratings it's this software. Definitely proceed with caution if you plan on using this.
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Mischivo
12 March 2009
Version: 5.4.1
This update has bugs in it. Whereas my network was A-Okay with the previous version, it now has a major issue: it periodically loses connection every dozen minutes or so. It does this by either disconnecting me from my network (even though my network remains in the pull down list) or by simply losing connection to the Internet even if the network connection remains strong. In each case, turning off airport and turning it back on fixes the problem.
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Captain-Nemo
06 March 2009
Version: 5.4.1
FUBAR! it worked on my PPC G4 but the base station network can't be seen by my Intel MacBook (Other networks in my neighborhood show up). What's going on ?
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M85
06 March 2009
Version: 5.4.1
After I upgraded to 5.3.2 it took two hours worth of reboots and unplugs to get my base station to see my airport express again. I won't touch 5.4.1 or any other AAU update until I see a bunch of trouble-free reviews. GLTA
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Shk747
03 March 2009
Version: 5.4.1
after updating to "this" (Version 5.4.1 (541.9) my 5ghz xtreme is unreadable. whats going on ? all soft on latest standart,10.5.6
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Jeremyk
18 June 2008
Version: 5.3.2
I just installed the airport 5.3.2 update and now my network is screwed up. beware.
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Rpphoto
12 June 2008
Version: 5.3.2
Wow, this version 5.3.2 (Leopard) as downloaded from Software Update killed my ability to see my three Airports, although Safari and Mail work fine. When I open Airport Utility it scans for ages and reports that no Airports are available.
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Tomdoherty
12 June 2008
Version: 5.3.2
I'm still on 10.4.11 and I find it strange that this was not made available through the normal Software Update process ...thank you MacUpdate.
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Axle
18 March 2008
Version: 5.3.1
I know this update was geared toward the new Macbook Air which i'll never own. however, I have been trying for a while to reconnect our network using another Airport Express and found this new layout MUCH easier to use. The old Airport utility help sucked. This was much simpler and the language was easier to understand.
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