I see there is an option to Show Wi-Fi Status in the menubar. How do I show the Ethernet Status there?

Sometimes my Ethernet cable gets pulled out and would be nice to have an icon to quickly check the status to see that it is no longer connected.

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Try MenuMeters (free, has been around forever, and it has an option for Ethernet status, RAM, CPU and disk, you can turn on those that you want) or iStat Menus (newer and fancier, but shareware).

With Menu Meters, if the connection is inactive the (Ethernet) arrows would be gray, otherwise they are red and green. You can change the colors or the arrows for graph and/or throughput. Note however that if the Ethernet is disconnected, but the WiFi is connected, it would still show red and green arrows, because there is an active connection.

Edit (2016): The original MenuMeters is not compatible with OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), however this version works just fine.

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    Awesome... menu meters was perfect! Sorry for the delayed response in accepting!
    – jsherk
    Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 1:30
  • Unfortunately menumeters is no more supported for latest version of OSX - El Capitan - as per the notice on their website.
    – Vikram Rao
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 2:11

There is another app on Mac App Store that shows the status of Ethernet Connection: Ethernet Status

I like it because it is a no-frills app and uses very less space on the menu bar and it also shows status of Thunderbolt network adaptors, so works with my Mac Book Air. Sadly it is not free.


Late to answer but still for those landing here looking for a Ethernet connectivity status icon in menu bar, check this macOS app Ethernet Status - The Missing LAN Status Bar Icon. It shows ethernet interface, IP Address and if interface is active via changing menu bar icon. More here

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PS: I am the developer of the app

  • Looks fine, but, like the asker requested, something with an icon indicating interface would be ideal.
    – Phoebe
    Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 14:46
  • @Zach it does show icon. Icon colour changes with status. Not sure what you meant by "icon indicating interface" otherwise.
    – Vikram Rao
    Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 15:49
  • The asker wants a quick way to check which interface is currently active (e.g., see if they are on wifi, ethernet, etc.). That information looks like it's in the menu text, not the icon at the top (the icon in the menu bar appears to always be <...> no matter what interface is connected).
    – Phoebe
    Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 16:34

You can use BitBar (http://getbitbar.com) with the Emoji Active Network Interface Indicator. It will show an emoji antenna if you are on Wi-Fi and an emoji plug otherwise.

The Indicator isn't posted to the list of plugins yet (I just made it and submitted it), but you can get the script at:


I'm open to modifications (it took about 5 minutes to write).

  • This is awesome!
    – Mrchief
    Commented Feb 25, 2019 at 15:44

This question appears to be a duplicate of one in Ask Different (but I guess they cannot be merged because they are on separate Stack Exchanges):


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