I really like wifi-menu, the command line wizard for setting up profiles for wireless interfaces on Arch Linux.

It's very convenient and easy to use.

I can't find the same software in Debian derivatives.

Is there a terminal-based wireless interface setup wizard for Ubuntu?

  • IIRC It's provided by the package netctl in Arch repos, but AFAIK even if you could install it on Ubuntu it would be difficult to configure the system to use it, because it conflicts with NetworkManager. I can't think of anything similar to wifi-menu (which is indeed rather nice), but NetworkManager's pretty cli interface nmcli might have some of the functionality you want (maybe you've already tested it and found it wanting...)
    – Zanna
    Mar 12 '17 at 20:51
  • folks from reddit talk about nmtui should check it
    – buncis
    Mar 5 '18 at 18:21

A good equivalent in Debian/Ubuntu is wicd-curses.

Just remember to input the WPA password BEFORE trying to connect to the network:

  1. Highlight the WiFi you want to connect to
  2. Press RightArrow to configure the network
  3. The last option is the password. Input the password
  4. Save
  5. Press ENTER on the network list to connect automagically.

You can even configure it to connect automatically next time it sees the network.

WICD Screenshot

Sources and more info: Guide to WICD

  • 1
    Does this also install wicd? Because wicd will remove network manager.
    – Rinzwind
    May 15 '17 at 12:48
$ sudo apt update

$ sudo apt install netctl -y

$ sudo wifi -menu -y

If you ask me, a lot of these extravagant processes put in place other than my above are simply uncalled for.

Netplan has the most stringent punctuation, and I advise new users against it. But only if they if have an Ethernet handy in order to install netctl.

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