RFKILL(8)                   System Administration                  RFKILL(8)

NAME         top

       rfkill - tool for enabling and disabling wireless devices

SYNOPSIS         top

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

DESCRIPTION         top

       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

OPTIONS         top

       -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 available columns.

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

       --help Display help text and exit.

              Display version information and exit.

COMMANDS         top

       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 id or type scope is
              appropriate before setting block or unblock.  Special all type
              string will match everything.  Use of multiple id or type
              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.

EXAMPLES         top

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

AUTHORS         top

       rfkill was originally written by Johannes Berg ⟨johannes@⟩ and Marcel Holtmann ⟨⟩.  The
       code has been later modified by Sami Kerola ⟨⟩ and
       Karel Zak ⟨⟩ for util-linux project.

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

SEE ALSO         top

       powertop(8), systemd-rfkill(8), Linux kernel documentation 

AVAILABILITY         top

       The rfkill command is part of the util-linux package and is available
       from Linux Kernel Archive 

COLOPHON         top

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util-linux                       2017-07-06                        RFKILL(8)