tool for enabling and disabling wireless devices


List devices

$ rfkill

Filter by columns

$ rfkill -o [ID,TYPE,DEVICE]

Block devices by type (e.g. bluetooth, wlan)

$ rfkill block [bluetooth]

Unblock devices by type (e.g. bluetooth, wlan)

$ rfkill unblock [wlan]

Output in JSON format

$ rfkill -J


rfkill [options] [command] [id|type...]


rfkill lists, enabling and disabling wireless devices.
The command "list" output format is deprecated and maintained for backward compatibility only. The new output format is the default when no command is specified or when the option --output is used.
The default output is subject to change. So whenever possible, you should avoid using default outputs in your scripts. Always explicitly define expected columns by using the --output option together with a columns list in environments where a stable output is required.


-J , --json Use JSON output format.

-n , --noheadings Do not print a header line.

-o , --output Specify which output columns to print. Use --help to get a list of available columns.

--output -all Output all available columns.

-r , --raw Use the raw output format.

--help Display help text and exit.

--version Display version information and exit.


help Display help text and exit.

event Listen for rfkill events and display them on stdout.

list [ id | type ...] List the current state of all available devices. The command output format is deprecated, see the section DESCRIPTION. It is a good idea to check with list command idortype scope is appropriate before setting blockorunblock. Special all type string will match everything. Use of multiple idortype arguments is supported.

block id | type [...] Disable the corresponding device.

unblock id | type [...] Enable the corresponding device. If the device is hard -blocked, for example via a hardware switch, it will remain unavailable though it is now soft -unblocked.


rfkill --output ID,TYPE
rfkill block all
rfkill unblock wlan
rfkill block bluetooth uwb wimax wwan gps fm nfc


rfkill was originally written by johannes@ sipsolutions. net Johannes Berg and marcel@ holtmann. org Marcel Holtmann . The code has been later modified by kerolasa@ iki. fi Sami Kerola and kzak@ redhat. com Karel Zak for util-linux project.

This manual page was written by linux@ youmustbejoking. demon. co.uk Darren Salt , for the Debian project (and may be used by others).


The rfkill command is part of the util -linux package and is available from https:// www.kernel.org /pub /linux /utils /util -linux/ Linux Kernel Archive .


powertop(8), systemd-rfkill(8), https:// git. kernel. org/ pub/ scm/ linux/ kernel/ git/ torvalds/ linux.git/ tree/ Documentation/ rfkill.txt Linux kernel documentation

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