I have already running 12 WireGuard VPN Servers. Now I want to use an application to manage the connection on the clients. On my Arch-Linux Client I have the network-manager-wireguard plugin running and its working fine.

Is there any WireGuard GUI for Ubuntu?

I am running Ubuntu 20.04 and already tried to compile this https://github.com/max-moser/network-manager-wireguard myself, but I ran into the following error during ./autogen.sh:

checking for LIBNM_GLIB... no
configure: error: Package requirements (NetworkManager >= 1.2.0
    libnm-util >= 1.2.0
    libnm-glib >= 1.2.0
    libnm-glib-vpn >= 1.2.0) were not met:

No package 'NetworkManager' found
No package 'libnm-util' found
No package 'libnm-glib' found
No package 'libnm-glib-vpn' found

Consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if you
installed software in a non-standard prefix.

Alternatively, you may set the environment variables LIBNM_GLIB_CFLAGS
and LIBNM_GLIB_LIBS to avoid the need to call pkg-config.
See the pkg-config man page for more details.

But, I can't find the packages libnm-util, libnm-glib and libnm-glib-vpn in the package repositories.

Is there any known solution for this? I even can't find anything helpful on Google.

Or, is there at least any other simple way to connect to multiple WireGuard VPN Servers from an Ubuntu 20.04 Client?

1 Answer 1


I finally found a way to get it working on Ubuntu 20.04. Here are the steps you need to do. Maybe this will help someone in the future:

Install the needed packages to build and use the plugin:

sudo apt install wireguard git dh-autoreconf libglib2.0-dev intltool build-essential libgtk-3-dev libnma-dev libsecret-1-dev network-manager-dev resolvconf

Clone the plugin from github, compile and install it:

git clone https://github.com/max-moser/network-manager-wireguard
cd network-manager-wireguard
./autogen.sh --without-libnm-glib

./configure --without-libnm-glib --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --libdir=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu --libexecdir=/usr/lib/NetworkManager --localstatedir=/var

sudo make install
  • I followed your commands and as far as I know they all succeeded succesfully. But I don't see any mention of Wireguard in the UI yet. Once installed, where can I find the installed GUI? What am I supposed to see where? Screenshots would be awesome.. :-)
    – kramer65
    May 27, 2020 at 7:20
  • You can find it under Settings -> Network. Click then on the + behind "VPN". Now there should be the Option Wireguard. May 28, 2020 at 8:38
  • 2
    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately there is no such option for me. So I suppose something went wrong with the install. I'll try to do it again.
    – kramer65
    May 28, 2020 at 9:17
  • 3
    Using Ubuntu 20.04 I followed its commands and I can see the wireguad options in the GUI, I can configure my vpn and I can activate it, but the wireguard VPN never starts, even though the GUI says it is running
    – Cesar
    Jan 8, 2021 at 6:11
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    Not working in 22.04 . When attempting to activate it results in "Activation of Network Connection Failed" and no connection made to the server. askubuntu.com/questions/1404807/… . May 1, 2022 at 6:03

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