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.
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).
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.
18On Yosemite click in the "Local Items" Keychains section :) Nov 22, 2014 at 17:26
2@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.– LarsHJun 22, 2015 at 14:56
2On my computer, some wifi passwords are under the System tab and others are under the login tab.– NavinDec 8, 2015 at 19:52
Clicking on 'Show Password', checks and then unchecks the box without any popup asking for System Password. Hence, password can't be seen. Feb 9, 2016 at 8:59
1If you search for
airportit displays all the wifis. Thanks! Sep 29, 2017 at 12:21
Spotlight → Keychain Access → type Wi-Fi name →
select key → enter password to see Wi-Fi password
At least on Mojave you must now check the "Show password:" box after double-clicking the item to be asked to enter your credentials to see the WiFi password! Oct 6, 2018 at 16:13
For those looking for a Terminal solution, I was able to rig one up using the
security find-generic-password -a "$1" -g | tail -0
I also wrote code that can get your current WiFi network and provide the password for it as well. You can find that in a gist here.
NOTE: You will still need to provide your user/pass to access the password. This is part of the security mechanism Apple implemented into using Keychain and cannot be easily overcome.
Worth pointing for any new person, the $1 is an argument where you can also provide a string value. So let's say you want to fetch your wifi password & wifi's name is FooBar then your command would look like:
security find-generic-password -a "FooBar" -g | tail -0– MiKr13Oct 5, 2021 at 14:37