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Wifish is a console-based wireless networking connection manager created by Void developer bougyman. According to the project's Github page,

Wifish (from wifi.sh) is meant to do very little. Design Goals are

  • List Available Wifi APs

*Connect to an AP That is all.

Contrary to this, wifish has a couple of extra features that make it a compelling minimalist wireless network manger -- it will update your wpa_supplicant.conf with the network information.

-Installation- Install wifish via

# xbps-install wifish

-Usage- First, enable the wpa_supplicant service:

# ln -s /etc/sv/wpa_supplicant/ /var/service/

Then run wpa_cli status and ensure that wpa_supplicant is functioning properly.

Next, make sure your user account is able to manipulate wpa_supplicant by checking /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf. By default you should see:


This tells us that members of the wheel group have permission to update /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf and control wireless interface settings. You can either add your user account to %wheel, or you can choose another group/create a new group and add your user account to it:

# groupadd wifish
# usermod -a -G wifish your_user_name

By default, wifish does not effectively scan for available networks - it will read wpa_supplicant's most recent scan. You can edit /usr/bin/wifish to change the defaults:


But if you don't need/want to wait 5 seconds every time you want to connect, you can pass SCAN_SECONDS at runtime:


If you have dialog installed, you will get an ncurses-based menu listing the available wireless networks. Otherwise, wifish will print the available networks and their information into the terminal and then exit.