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On OS X you can manage your wireless networks; that is drag them to set preferred order, delete ones you don't want any more, etc.

The only problem is that there is a tiny window which only shows ~4 networks at a time.

Is there some way to be able to see more of the networks at once, and perhaps sort by name?

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If you ever wondered how I know about all those obscure configuration files, here's an explanation ;-) – Daniel Beck Nov 12 '11 at 7:57
I actually did wonder about that. Thanks for sharing. – cwd Nov 14 '11 at 13:21
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There is absolutely no way to change the layout of that dialog. As it doesn't support custom sorting and resizing, you can't change that.

But the source for this list is accessible from the following file:


You can open/read the file in any text editor, Property List Editor/Xcode 4, PlistBuddy or defaults.

To get the full list of networks:

defaults read /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ RememberedNetworks | grep SSIDString | cut -d= -f2 | cut -d';' -f1

To also sort the list of network names case-insensitively:

defaults read /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ RememberedNetworks | grep SSIDString | cut -d= -f2 | cut -d';' -f1 | sort -f

To print both the network name and the security type (like in the list), use:

defaults read /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ RememberedNetworks | grep -E "(SSIDString|SecurityType)" | cut -d= -f2 | sed -e 'N;s/\n/ /' -e 's|;||g'

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On OS X 10.10 the value is no longer RememberedNetworks but KnownNetworks instead. The same commands work if you substitute in the new value instead. – Andy Piper Jan 31 '15 at 17:12

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