I was wondering if there are any GUI alternatives to the Network Manager. It seems, I always run into problems with it (unstable connections, wrong icon shown, wrong notifications, etc.).

  • could you tell us which ubuntu version you are using? – chris Jan 26 '11 at 6:05
  • "IWD can now be enabled for use with Network Manager. IWD is a new alternative to wpa supplicant and is in testing for consideration in the future." source – Pablo A Aug 19 at 20:51

I know of wicd, but it feels ugly.

Latest version is 1.7.4, released on 2016-01-25.

  • Yep, this is pretty much the only alternative I can recommend. – chris Jan 26 '11 at 6:05
  • wicd is quite nice, I use it though the applet is ugly :) – sagarchalise Jan 26 '11 at 7:57
  • wicd is a usability nightmare and doesn't even respect the theme icons – Manish Sinha Jan 26 '11 at 8:14
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    Wicd does not support multiple connections at the same time which basically makes it useless as handling connections is what a network manager is supposed to do. While a server (fixed ip) would not need anything like this, a laptop which connects to different networks depending on its current location does need a proper network manager. A program which can't connect to a WiFi because I'm connected to some wired company network does not qualify as a proper network manager. Just a heads-up. – basic6 Nov 18 '14 at 11:33

The alternative being investigated by Canonical is called ConMan, or the Intel/Moblin Connection Manager:


It's got a couple of great features that can recommend it above network manager, but it's also got some integration issues with the normal FreeDesktop setup. I believe people are working on the ubuntu packages and integration:


You can see why the two are still being worked on here:

Why are two indicator-network versions being worked on?


I wrote a very simple python script to manage network, vsnm -- Very Simple Network Manager. I have described how it works here and source code is here.


Wicd works but as other mentioned is ugly and clunky. If you need VPN support, you will also need to setup KVpnc which is just as ugly.



I had to switch to WICD a year ago because of a specific issue on my network card. Its a little clunky, but not that bad. You can switch to WICD in 2 minutes, try it, and then make a decision. Also, for VPN you can also use vpnc, which is what I used.

Details are here: Switching to WICD


I am using nmcli from time to time, which is (I guess) a Fedora/Redhat CLI interface to NM. It allows listing wireless networks and existing connection and connecting to them, if the connection was already created (and, in my case, is available to all users - for some reason it didn't shows non-system connections in list).

It worked when I bricked the configs so nm-applet was unable to connect to NM via dbus.. however lack of ability of adding new connections is a problem, maybe will write a hack for this and finally rule the GUIsh part of NM out for good.


Try Wifi-Connect for wpa/psk AP, open, and two phase authentication networks like eduroam. Plus wired eth0 eth1/2/3/4/5/6/7 and usb from mobile phone etc.

The scripts (no binaries) use busybox udhcpc, and dhcpcd as fallback if available.

Wifi-Scanner-2 supports 8 wireless interfaces for simultaneous scanning with results shown in tabbed yad gui. Provides mode and driver options. random mac generator for scanning and again for connecting.

Wifi-Scanner-2 menu options include wpa_cli, auto-connect, saved-profiles with ssid+mac, eth1 eth2 usb0 wired connections.


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