How to Open and Use Network Manager in Ubuntu


As the name suggests, Network Manager is your go-to-place to configure your network on Ubuntu.

Ubuntu’s Network Manager provides a pack of features to the users. It is installed by default on Ubuntu OS. Network Manager provides a variety of tools such as; Nmtui, nm-connection-editor, Nmcli, Gnome Setting.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to open Network Manager and then use it to do:

Note: If your PC doesn’t have Network Manager installed by default in the Ubuntu OS, you can manually install it.

How to Open Network Manager in Ubuntu

Step 1: Press “Super” key that is the “Windows/Command” key on your keyboard.

Step 2: Type “network” in the search bar. “Network” option will appear. Click on it to access Network Manager.

Step 3: Alternatively, open “System Settings” and go to the “Settings” section.

You can also access Network Manager by clicking the network icon, located at the top-right corner of your screen. Then, select the “Edit Connections” from the drop-down list, which will open the Network Manager window.

Network Management using Nmcli

By typing specific commands, you can undertake various tasks using the Nmcli utility. Nmcli is a command-line utility.

To list the network connections, type this command and hit Enter:

$ nmcli connection show

For displaying the active connection only, type this command and hit Enter:

$ nmcli connection show --active

To get detailed information about the active connection, type this command and hit Enter:

$ nmcli connection show 'wired connection 1'

Add a New Network

For adding a new network using nmcli, you have to type this command and hit Enter:

$ sudo nmcli connection add type <network-type> ifname <connection-name>

Display Status of the Network Device

For this purpose, type this command and hit Enter:

$ sudo nmcli dev status

Alternatively, you can type this command to get more user-friendly information:

$sudo nmcli -p dev status

Typing the command given below, will give you help related your network device:

$ sudo nmcli device help

Modify Adapter Configuration

If you want to modify your adapter’s configuration, follow these steps.

Step 1: Firstly, check your device’s information using this command:

$ sudo nmcli device show

Step 2: Now type these commands:

$sudo nmcli device modify <interface-name> <parameter> <value>
$sudo nmcli dev mod <interface-name> <parameter> <value>

Step 3: These changes won’t be permanent, you can use this command to undo the changes:

$ sudo nmcli dev reapply interface-name

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Network Management using Nmtui

Nmtui is a text-based utility. Here’s how you can access it:

Type this command in the Terminal and hit Enter:


This will open the Network Manager window. You can now edit or activate a connection or set system hostname.