A dead simple, cross-platform Python library to connect to wireless networks.
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A dead simple, cross-platform Python library to connect to wireless networks.


This library can control a computer's wireless adapter to connect to a network. Environments currently supported include (in order of preference):

Network Manager Operating Systems Tested Adapters
nmcli Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04 Linksys AE3000, Intel Centrino 6250
wpa_supplicant Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04 Intel Centrino 6250
networksetup Mac OS 10.10 Macbook Pro


sudo pip install wireless


A typical usage looks like this:

from wireless import Wireless
wireless = Wireless()
wireless.connect(ssid='ssid', password='password')

Note: To use nmcli on Ubuntu 14.04, the right permissions must be in place. A few options are listed here.

Note: To use wpa_supplicant, network-manager (the backend for nmcli) must not be running. This is because network-manager runs an instance of wpa_supplicant behind the scenes which will conflict with the wpa_supplicant instance that this library would create. If you have a network-manager on your machine but would prefer to use wpa_supplicant (not recommended), run sudo service network-manager stop before using wireless.


  • Wireless([interface]) - initialize the wireless driver
  • connect(ssid, password) - attempts to connect to a network and returns True on success
  • current() - returns the name of the current network or None otherwise
  • interfaces() - list the available interfaces
  • interface([interface]) - get or set the current interface
  • power([True||False]) - get or set the power status of the adapter
  • driver() - return the name of driver being used for wireless control

Change History

This project uses semantic versioning.

v0.3.2 - 2016/03/06

  • Added a few tests and fixed a py34 bug (XayOn)

v0.3.1 - 2015/04/24

  • Added version check for nmcli (Silarn)

v0.3.0 - 2015/01/13

  • Added support for wpa_supplicant
  • Added the driver() method

v0.2.1 - 2014/12/01

  • remove dependency on pandoc

v0.2.0 - 2014/11/25

  • Added support for multiple network adapters with interface() and interfaces() methods
  • The current() method actually asks the wireless driver for the current SSID instead of returning the name of the most recently connected network
  • Added the power() method

v0.1.1 - 2014/11/24

  • Better documentation formatting for PyPI

v0.1.0 - 2014/11/22

  • Initial release


Pull requests to the develop branch are welcomed!


First, install pandoc so that setup.py can auto-convert Markdown syntax into reStructuredText:

sudo apt-get install pandoc
sudo pip install pypandoc

Then, following this guide, push the project to PyPI:

sudo python setup.py sdist upload -r pypi