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I need to find the password for a Wi-Fi network that I am already connected to. I'm using a MacBook Pro that's running OS X Lion. Any guidance is appreciated.

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If the password is stored, you can find it using the program Keychain Access.

If you open /Applications/Utilities/Keychain Access, it will show you a list of stored entries. If you click the Kind column header, it will sort by kind, go to the section where AirPort network passwords are stored. On Yosemite, you may have to select "Local Items" rather than "login" under Keychains in the upper left.

Double-click the name of the network you are using (if you don't know the name of the network, you can find it in the WiFi menulet (the concentric quarter circles toward the right side of your menu bar).

picture of Keychain Access

Check the Show password box, enter your system password, and click the Allow button.

That should show you the password for the wireless network you are on, if it is stored on your computer. If no such entry appears, it means the password is not stored on your computer.

Note that you can also use this technique to find saved passwords for websites or other passwords that you computer has stored but you have forgotten.

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On Yosemite click in the "Local Items" Keychains section :) –  montogeek Nov 22 '14 at 17:26
    
@montogeek: Your comment is important... without that, Airport network passwords didn't show up for me at all. I edited the answer to include your tip: 'On Yosemite, you may have to select "Local Items" rather than "login" under Keychains in the upper left.' The edit is in an approval queue now. –  LarsH Jun 22 at 14:56
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Thanks for editing, @LarsH –  Daniel Jun 22 at 16:20

Spotlight → Keychain Access → type Wi-Fi name →
select key → enter password to see Wi-Fi password

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+1 simplest way to get... –  Imran Apr 15 at 11:00

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