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Launcher for AirPort Utility v5.6.1

Support Topic for the Launcher for AirPort Utility v5.6.1

This is a support topic for the Launcher for AirPort Utility v5.6.1 from Bristlecone IT Services (“BITS”). Before posting, please read through the first four posts in this topic; most likely, something in one (or more) of these first four posts will address whatever problem you are having.

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Common Troubleshooting Measures

Unidentified Developer Warning

The Launcher is unsigned. If you double-click to open the Launcher, you will likely receive an error. To avoid this error, simply right-click on the Launcher and then click “Open” instead of double-clicking.

AppTranslocation Error under macOS 10.12 Sierra (or Later)

In macOS 10.12 Sierra, Apple has increased the level of security provided by GateKeeper. While this increase in security is welcome, it ‘breaks’ some applications. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy workaround. If you receive an error related to AppTranslocation when you attempt to run the Launcher, follow these steps to fix it:

  1. re-download the *.dmg or the *.zip,
  2. open the file after download,
  3. and then move the two *.app files inside the resulting “AirPort Utility 5.6.1” folder one at a time to a folder on your hard drive (the Utilities folder in Applications is the recommended location for obvious reasons).

That’s it. The Launcher should continue to work for you under macOS 10.12 Sierra (and this fix is a one-time necessity).

AirPort Unit Does Not Show Up in AirPort Utility v5.6.1

Try connecting the unit directly to your Mac via an Ethernet cable, and then re-launch AirPort Utility v5.6.1.


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(as of 17 May 2019)

  • Total Downloads: 192,818
  • Total Bandwidth: ~2.35TB (~2,466,581MB)

If each download represents just one AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express saved, then the Launcher has saved ~$25,000,000 in hardware from the recycling center or the landfill. (The actual number is probably closer to $40,000,000, as many users own multiple devices.)

Hi I did try but so far no success , I using high Sierra , put them bolt in a folder in Application as explained I thing airport utility open cause it was searching for signal but when Itry to open airport v5.6.1 said don’t work something not sure bla bla version I will try again later thanks
Ps I am a picture guy more then reading just to say probably not the only one so it could help thanks again .
Gilles the French

Did you attempt to open the Launcher or AirPort Utility v5.6.1 directly?

You have to open the Launcher and it will then open AirPort Utility v5.6.1 for you.

I’m sure this would a number of people. I’ll look into putting together some additional pictures.

Hi - I’m trying to resurrect a first generation airport express to use as a printer interface for a Brother printer. I downloaded your SW and it launches fine, However, it does not seem to find my AP Express when it scans. I’m running High Sierra on a Mac Pro with a Verizon Fios Gigabit router. The router is set to compatibility mode for the 2.4G signal. I have reset the AP a couple of times and rebooted the Mac as well. Help? Ideas?

Have you attempted to connect to the AirPort Express using an Ethernet cable? I know some people have experienced connectivity issues with older units when trying to configure them via WiFi.

Yes - but will definitely try again.

Hi, thanks for this script. I’m having some issues. Pretty sure I’ve followed all the instructions correctly. I now have a directory in ‘Applications » Utilities’ called ‘AirPort Utility 5.6.1’ which contains ‘AirPort Utility 5.6.1’ and ‘AirPort Utility 5.6.1 Launcher’. When I try to run the launcher I get an error saying…

sh: line 2: cd: /private/var/folders/l3/6y71115s7n55l9qnxg2pc2k80000gn/T/AppTranslocation/92198336-F2F2-49C6-8C8B-16A8EF94AFE3/dAirPort Utility No such file or directory
sh: line 3: ./AirPort Utility: No such file or directory

with an option to Edit or click OK.

Any ideas?!

Did you try the fix listed under “AppTranslocation Error” in this post?

Thanks, that did it!

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I got the sam problem as Mr. ninefootone but couldn’t the right therapy…

sh: line 2: cd: /private/var/folders/cg/c597tpxn6c1ccrkvvh6ydz340000gn/T/AppTranslocation/432AC56D-4ABF-4DED-81F8-106242207F98/dAirPort Utility No such file or directory

sh: line 3: ./AirPort Utility: No such file or directory

I’ve already read your rcommendations…

The only fix for AppTranslocation errors is moving the files one at a time from the folder created after extraction to some other folder on your system (I prefer to keep the Launcher in ~/Applications/Utilities, but almost any folder will work).

Sorry, you are right! I didn’t understand “one at a time”…

I downloaded the Launcher on to a Mac Pro 3,1 running 10.11.6 and neither the .dmg nor the zip are useable. The errors I get:
for the .dmg : no mountable file systems
for the .zip : Unable to expand “” nito “Downloads” (Error 2 - No such file or directory.)

Does anybody know what’s going on here. My web searching has only come up with corrupt or damaged files causing this.

Thanks much for any clue or help!

Try running Repair Permissions (may just be “First Aid”, I don’t recall when they changed the language) using Disk Utility, re-download the Launcher (*.zip or *.dmg shouldn’t matter), and then 1) try to expand it into Downloads and 2) (if Downloads doesn’t work) try to expand it into another folder. If that doesn’t work, let me know and we can try something else.

Thanks for the quick response!
I tried your suggestions: re-downloaded the packages;

zip extraction gives me : Unable to expand “” into “Folder” (Error 1 - No Operation not permitted.)

.dmg gives me the same error and since it won’t mount, Disk Utility doesn’t see it. When I try to open the .dmg from Disk Utility, nothing happens.


Did you run First Aid (or Repair Permissions) first using Disk Utility? It may be that the permissions on your Download folder are incorrect and preventing extraction. Do other archives work?

See if you can extract this archive: (579.9 KB)

If it doesn’t extract to your Downloads folder, maybe try Documents or Desktop.

The owls mp4 extracted on the desktop without me doing anything with permissions or Disk Utility. I ran First Aid on the HD anyway and all was OK. However, I am still unable to extract the Airport Utility Launcher on the Desktop.