Quickly clean up your Wifi connections in OSX
Today I realized that I had connected to a couple of hundred wifi networks over the last couple of years. This had clogged up my network preferences, and I no longer had a good overview of my favorite network locations.
To clean this up, I did not feel like clicking through each and every one of these, so I found this (http://www.techrepublic.com/article/pro-tip-manage-wi-fi-with-terminal-commands-on-os-x/) which helped me with the CLI. Now I could:
- List all networks to a file
- Edit this file and remove my favorite networks from this file
- Use this file to remove the unwanted networks
#--- count networks firstname.lastname@example.org:/Users/malu $networksetup -listpreferredwirelessnetworks en0 | sort -f | sed -e 's/^[[:space:]]*//g' | grep -v "Preferred networks" | wc -l 197 #--- list networks into a file networksetup -listpreferredwirelessnetworks en0 | sort -f | sed -e 's/^[[:space:]]*//g' | grep -v "Preferred networks" > wifinetworks.txt #--- edit the wifinetworks and remove your favorites, the ones to keep vi wifinetworks.txt #--- the next command will create a script to remove the networks in wifinetworks.txt, so use it with care cat wifinetworks.txt | xargs -L1 -IX echo sudo networksetup -removepreferredwirelessnetwork en0 "X" > removewifi.sh #--- check the removewifi.sh script and remove any favorites, then execute it bash removewifi.sh #--- count networks email@example.com:/Users/malu $networksetup -listpreferredwirelessnetworks en0 | wc -l 19