6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 24, 2013 6:19 PM by John Galt
macfrombrampton Level 1 (0 points)

the airport utility application is only used to manage Airport WIFI devices or possible other WIFI routers.


Why is it the airport utility  cannot be removed from the Mountain lion system. "Airport Utility App can't be modified or deleted because it is a required by the Mac OS X".


This is very strange as it only functions as a management application for WIFI and is not required to manage the WIFI devices?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • William Lloyd Level 7 (21,040 points)

    The OS prevents you from removing the built-in applications because there's no easy way to reinstall them.  Removal is also prevented I'm sure because people accidentally delete built-in applications and then contact AppleCare (or the forums) for help.


    Why do you need to delete it?

  • macfrombrampton Level 1 (0 points)

    That does'nt make sense as I can remove other applications like icloud


    Removed Icloud from /System/Library/prefencePanes/Icloud.


    Why would the Mac OS system depend on an application that is not required?

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,943 points)

    macfrombrampton wrote:


    the airport utility application is only used to manage Airport WIFI devices ...


    It does more than that. AU is also used to communicate with the base stations so as to inform a client when a base station is in need of attention.


    ... or possible other WIFI routers.

    AirPort Utility cannot communicate with third party routers.


    There may be additional reasons that AU is an essential OS X component, but they are known only to Apple.

  • LaPastenague Level 8 (48,797 points)

    Although you cannot remove it.. you can add an older version utility.


    How to load 5.6 into ML.


    1. Download 5.6 for Lion.


    Click to open the dmg but do not attempt to install the pkg.. it won't work anyway.



    2. Download and install unpkg.




    Run unpkg on the desktop.. it is very simple.. drag the AirPortUtility56.pkg file over to unpkg.. and it will create a new directory of the same name on the desktop.. drill down.. applications utilities .. there lo and behold is Airport utility 5.6 .. drag it to your main utilities directory or just run it from current location.



    You cannot uninstall 6.1 (now 6.2 if you updated) so don't try.. and you cannot or should not run them both at the same time.. so just ignore the toyland version.. the plastic hammer.. and start using 5.6.. a real tool.


    For screen shots see this post.



  • macfrombrampton Level 1 (0 points)

    In response to John Galt. If it only manages WIFI deivces and or Base stations and I don't use or want it Why is it not removeable from the Mountain Lion?


    This seems very strange as I can remove "I cloud" something I'm more likely to use but not the Air port util?


    What is the Air port util doing or requiring that prevents it from being removed from the Mountain Lion Operating system?

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,943 points)

    I thought I answered that macfrombrampton. It's an essential OS X component, and discussing the reasons essential components cannot be removed is pointless.


    You can't remove iCloud or AirPort Utility. You can't remove FaceTime, Preview, Photo Booth, Font Book, or Boot Camp Assistant either. You can only choose not to use them.