I installed Ubuntu on my new laptop and I need to connect it to a Samsung LED TV.

When I was in Windows 10 I was able to connect to my TV by just pressing the combination of Windows+K. Then it would automatically connect to it. I can't connect now.

  • Dell Inspiron 15 3552
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

2 Answers 2


For the wireless projection You will need miraclecast to cast your screen over using the wireless display technology. To install miracle cast in Ubuntu via PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thopiekar/miraclecast
sudo apt update
sudo apt install miraclecast ubuntu-restricted-extras check

If the apt update fails, it might be because currently, this ppa has no Releases file. With current versions of apt, this blocks the apt update because the ppa is not secure enough. To sidestep this, we can disable this check for this repo. This is an insecure thing to do. Bad actors with access to the PPA could publish malicious code there without having access to the release file signing key. Try at your own risk:

sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list.d/thopiekar-ubuntu-miraclecast-disco.list

To the first line of this file, add the [allow-insecure=yes] part:

deb [allow-insecure=yes] http://ppa.launchpad.net/thopiekar/miraclecast/ubuntu disco main

Save the file, try the steps above again, from 'sudo apt update'.

To start casting

  1. Shutdown wpa_supplicant and NetworkManager:

    sudo killall wpa_supplicant && sudo service network-manager stop
  2. Launch wifi daemon:

    sudo miracle-wifid &

    Now run miraclecast as a peer (peer is your device that is casting its screen to the TV):

  3. Launch wifi control:

    sudo miracle-wifictl

    this should give you the miraclecast CLI and a link number. select the link with select link

  4. Enable wifi-direct visibility on the other device (if possible)

  5. From the CLI locate the TV using:


    you get something like


    ie the mac address

    Then from the CLI initiate connection:

    connect <mac addr> [pin] 

    the pin could be the pin of the tv

Also look at the answers to How can i connect ubuntu 17.10 to my LG Smart TV

The miraclecast project page is also here on GitHub.

  • i got a connection but i can't see my screen on the TV. can you please help
    – Musthu
    Apr 29, 2018 at 10:08
  • its is supposed to cast automatically once you connect. open an issue here. the developer assist you to solve it
    – ptetteh227
    Apr 30, 2018 at 1:44
  • ppa:thopiekar/miraclecast does not have a Release file, which prevents the apt update. Sep 11, 2019 at 17:16
  • I added an edit suggesting what to do if apt update fails... Sep 11, 2019 at 17:37
  • After adding 'allow-insecure=yes' to the ppa, it still doesn't work for me. apt update eventually concludes E: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/thopiekar/miraclecast/ubuntu/dists/disco/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 80] Sep 11, 2019 at 17:44

If you can update to Ubuntu 21.04, there's Gnome-network-displays (available through the Flatpak system) which works reasonably well.

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