A widget for the Awesome Window Manager to monitor the network with Connman
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A widget for the Awesome Window Manager to monitor the network with Connman

This widget uses the connman_dbus library.


In addition to the requirements listed in the rockspec file, you will need the Awesome Window Manager and Connman (for more information about this, see the connman_dbus documentation).


Probably, the easiest way to install this widget is to use luarocks:

luarocks install connman_widget

You can use the --local option if you don't want or can't install it system-wide

This will ensure that all its dependencies are installed.

Note that if you install with --local you will have to make sure that the LUA_PATH environment variable includes the local luarocks path. This can be achieved by evaling the command luarocks path --bin before Awesome is started.

For example, if you start Awesome from the Linux console (e.g. xinit awesome) and you use zsh, you can add the following lines to your ~/.zprofile:

if (( $+commands[luarocks] )); then
    eval `luarocks path --bin`

If you use bash, you can add the following lines to your ~/.bash_profile:

if [[ -n "`which luarocks 2>/dev/null`" ]]; then
    eval `luarocks path --bin`

If you use an X Display Manager you will need to do what explained above in your ~/.xprofile or ~/.xinitrc. See the documentation of your display manager of choice for more information.


The widget displays network icons that are searched in the folders defined in the table beautiful.connman_icon_theme_dirs with extensions defined in the table beautiful.connman_icon_extensions. The default is to look into "/usr/share/icons/Adwaita/scalable/devices/" and "/usr/share/icons/Adwaita/scalable/status/"for icons whose extension is "svg". Note that the directory paths must end with a slash and that the extensions must not contain a dot. The icons are searched using Awesome's awful.util.geticonpath function.

Depending on your network devices, you may need some or all of the icons whose name starts with network-.

You can specify a GUI client to be launched when the widget is right-clicked. This can be done by changing the gui_client field of the widget. A list of Desktop clients is also available on the Arch wiki.

Mouse controls

When the widget is focused:

  • Right button: launches GUI client (defined by the gui_client field)


The tooltip shows the currently connected network, its status and - if applicable - the signal strength.


Add the following to your ~/.config/awesome/rc.lua:

Require the module:

-- require *after* `beautiful.init` or the theme will be inconsistent!
local connman = require("connman_widget")
-- set the GUI client.
connman.gui_client = "wicd"

Add the widget to your layout:

  • Awesome 4.x
-- Add widgets to the wibox
s.mywibox:setup {

  -- more setup

  { -- Right widgets
    layout = wibox.layout.fixed.horizontal,
    connman, -- <- connman widget
  • Awesome 3.x


Currently, only wired (ethernet) and WiFi connections are supported.


This project is developed in the author's spare time. Contributions in the form of issues, patches and pull requests are welcome.