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I want to find the password for the wireless network that I am currently connected to (and I entered the password when connecting to the network). How can I do this in Ubuntu?

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I went to "connection information" and didn't find the password. – Anderson Green Jun 27 '12 at 20:18
almost there... you need the edit connections below that ;) – Rinzwind Jun 27 '12 at 20:22

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left click the connections icon at the top right. Choose edit connections and then choose edit on the connection you need and click the wireless security...

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and click the 'show password'checkbox

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Ah, my command-line ways were betrayed by my solution :) I like this one better, FWIW. – roadmr Jun 27 '12 at 22:44
Well I like both with a preference to command line @roadmr :D – Rinzwind Jun 28 '12 at 7:17

Open a terminal (press Ctrl+Alt+T), then type sudo cat /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/<your-SSID> (of course, substitute <your-SSID> with your network's name) and look for a field named psk. This should be your password;


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if you want to do this with the command line. The wireless network configuration files are saved in /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/ directory.

cd /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/
grep -e '^psk=' <YOUR-NETWORK-NAME>
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