I want to create a shortcut key that toggles Airplane Mode On/Off, but do not know what command to use.

To create a shortcut I go to Settings> Keyboard> Shortcuts and then specify a command to be run whenever a given accelerator (shortcut key) is activated.

What command should be specified here to toggle Airplane Mode via a shortcut key?

Note that a while ago I asked a similar question, but the answer that I got back then can not be applied here, since a shortcut key command can not change between "on" and "off", but should truly toggle the Airplane Mode not just activate or deactivate it.


You can use the following simple bash script:


wifi="$(nmcli nm wifi | awk 'FNR == 2 {print $1}')"

if [ "$wifi" = "enabled" ]; then
    nmcli nm wifi off
    nmcli nm wifi on

Don't forget to make it executable:

chmod +x /path/to/script

Then add your custom shortcut to this script (it's up to you what shortcut want to choose - it should be something simple for you, like Alt+F5):

add custom shortcut

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  • Oh, it's you again. Hi! :) I can't seem to get this working. I did make a new file ~/scripts/unicornsandrainbows.sh where I copy-pasted all your above code and made it executable, but when I run ~/scripts/unicornsandrainbows.sh in a terminal (just to know whether or not it was working) nothing seems to happen. Any ideas? – lindhe Nov 1 '13 at 20:33
  • @Lindhe94 I updated the script in the time... Maybe you copied first version which had a problem. – Radu Rădeanu Nov 1 '13 at 20:35
  • That was totally the case. This is great - you just give the answers to all my answers. Think I'll keep an eye open for your responses from now on. ;) – lindhe Nov 1 '13 at 20:40
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    This is close, but does not actually toggle the airplane mode, but instead just enable/disables wifi. – kzh Dec 28 '14 at 17:17

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