nmcli – View your Network & Wifi details and Control your NetworkManager

nmcli is a free and open source command-line tool to manage your system NetworkManager. Using this tool you can create, display, edit, delete, activate, and deactivate network connections and get reports about the network details. It comes pre installed on Ubuntu. In this article we will see how to show the available wifi details, information and properties for a Wi-Fi interface, show the NetworkManager permissions, log level and domains details and Connect to a password-protected wifi network.


Open your terminal and run this command to check the nmcli installation details.


This will show some basic details about your connection and network device and dns details.

View available Wifi Networks:

You can do this by below two commands.

nmcli device wifi list


nmcli dev wifi

This will show SSID, channel, rate, signal strength, signal bars and security details.

If the above two command not work then add the sudo in front of it. Like this.

sudo nmcli device wifi list
sudo nmcli dev wifi

View information and properties for a Wi-Fi interface:

nmcli -p -f general,wifi-properties device show wlp13s0

You can change the wlp number based on your. To find your details run this command .


then replace wlp13s0 from above command to your details.

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Show NetworkManager permissions:

nmcli general permissions

Show NetworkManager logging status:

nmcli general logging

Connect to a wifi network:

Using the below commands your can connect to your wifi network easily. Just replace “$SSID” with your wifi name and “$PASSWORD” with your actual wifi password.

nmcli device wifi connect "$SSID" password "$PASSWORD"

Check your network device status:

Using this command you can view all available network devices and their current status.

nmcli dev status

Show your connection:

nmcli con show

For the complete manual page of nmcli, then run this command

man nmcli
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