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The General/SystemConfiguration framework has several uses:

Checking if the user is currently connected to the internet (see General/CheckingOnlineStatus). Managing persistent and current network (and other) settings. Get proxy settings/the name of the computer/the name of the current console user (this will probably change in 10.3 with General/FastUserSwitching).

Apple has some sample code called General/MoreSCF for common operations such as creating and manipulating locations, services (“ports”), etc. It is available at

Documentation is at

Accessing the current proxy settings:

#include <General/SystemConfiguration/General/SystemConfiguration.h>

General/NSDictionary *proxies = (General/NSDictionary *)General/SCDynamicStoreCopyProxies(NULL);

BOOL General/HTTPEnabled = General/proxies objectForKey:([[NSString *)kSCPropNetProxiesHTTPEnable] boolValue]; General/NSString *General/HTTPHost = [proxies objectForKey:(General/NSString *)kSCPropNetProxiesHTTPProxy]; General/NSString *General/HTTPPort = [proxies objectForKey:(General/NSString *)kSCPropNetProxiesHTTPPort];

replace kSCPropNetProxiesHTTPProxy with kSCPropNetProxiesHTTPSProxy, kSCPropNetProxiesFTPProxy or whatever to get the other settings.

See General/NotificationOnNewNetwork for more info & notification handling in General/SystemConfiguration.

On Mac OS X 10.4.3, when I use:

#include <General/SystemConfiguration/General/SystemConfiguration.h> General/NSDictionary *proxies = (General/NSDictionary *)General/SCDynamicStoreCopyProxies(NULL);

proxies contains the expected proxy information. However, running the same code on 10.3.9 or 10.2.8, proxies = NULL. Apple’s General/TechNote on this ( ) says it’s compatible back to 10.2. Am I missing something?