LinSSID: Graphical Wifi Scanner for Ubuntu and Linux Mint

August 2, 2013 — 20 Comments

LinSSID is a graphical and functional wifi scanner for Ubuntu Linux, which is similar to iwscanner and Inssider. It can be easily installed in Ubuntu and Linux Mint via PPA repository.


LinSSID is written from scratch entirely in C++ using Linux wireless tools and Qt4. It displays the information available from iwlist tool in graphical format. LinSSID displays a table of all of the local wireless networks that your device can receive, and information about them. It also displays charts of the signal strength of each network by channel number and over time. LinSSID will work with more than one wireless device attached to a system, but only one at a time (selectable).

LinSSID requires root privilege to run the iwlist tool. So you’ll be prompt to input the user password when start the program from Unity Dash.

password to open wifi scanner

Install LinSSID wifi scanner for Ubuntu & Linux Mint users

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below command to add the LinSSID ppa. So far, the ppa supports for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint 13, 14, 15.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wseverin/ppa

After that, you can use your favorite application manager to install the wireless scanner. Or just run below commands:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install linssid

Once installed, you’re able to open it from Unity Dash Home. Enjoy!

linssid wifi scanner in ubuntu

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20 responses to LinSSID: Graphical Wifi Scanner for Ubuntu and Linux Mint

  1. When shall LinSSid be ready for Ubuntu 14.04 ?

  2. Hi Ji,

    It seems it doesn’t work with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Do you have any solution for that?


  3. Thanks JI its work for me in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bits…. im download the .deb from webpage 4 my distro, then run in terminal:

    sudo dpkg -i linssid_2.6-1_amd64.deb

  4. Thank you JI,
    It wroks for me on ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

  5. Benjade Palmero August 12, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Thanks, but it didn’t work on me.
    Mine is Ubuntu 12.04, it says “Unable to continue, Cannot find interface pipe”.

  6. Daniel Serafini August 19, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    linux-mint 15 work fine !

  7. Hi,
    Does LinSSID show me channels with 40 MHz? If yes, how? I use Ubuntu 15.04 with Intel Centrino 6200N. Thanks a lot for your help.

  8. Thomas Palmer July 10, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Works great on Mint 17.1

  9. Works excellent in Debian Stretch.
    Best Regards and thank you!

  10. Works excellent in Ubuntu 14.04.3, kernel 3.19
    Thank you and very Best Regards!

  11. Works great on 14.04 LTS @32 Bit. Thanks!

  12. what is the unit of signal strength shown?

  13. Thank you for a great program, obviously well written and using the amazing QT, if only the world of programmers would wake up to how good QT is.
    Works extremely well in Kubuntu 15.10
    KDE Frameworks: 5.15.0
    plasmashell 5.4.2
    kernel 4.2.0-34
    Qt: 5.4.2

  14. i try the commend but is not
    (“unable to continue cannot find interface pipe”)
    this message is showing how to solve it

  15. can i know what should i do once in “first shot” cant entered my password .please reply me

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