Returns the current network information for a given network interface.


CFDictionaryRef CNCopyCurrentNetworkInfo(CFStringRef interfaceName);



The network interface name.

Return Value

A dictionary containing the interface’s current network info, provided certain requirements are met (see Discussion section). If the requirements are not met, the return value is either a dictionary with pseudo values, or NULL. If an error occurs, the return value is NULL.

The returned dictionary contains the following keys and values:

Ownership of the returned dictionary follows the The Create Rule. You are responsible for releasing the returned value.


The requesting app must meet one of the following requirements:

  • The app uses Core Location, and has the user’s authorization to use location information.

  • The app uses the NEHotspotConfiguration API to configure the current Wi-Fi network.

  • The app has active VPN configurations installed.

An app that fails to meet any of the above requirements receives the following return value:

  • An app linked against iOS 12 or earlier receives a dictionary with pseudo-values. In this case, the SSID is Wi-Fi (or WLAN in the China region), and the BSSID is 00:00:00:00:00:00.

  • An app linked against iOS 13 or later receives NULL.

This function returns NULL in Mac apps built with Mac Catalyst.