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rfkill - Man Page

tool for enabling and disabling wireless devices

Examples (TL;DR)


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 available columns.

-r,  --raw

Use the raw output format.

-h,  --help

Display help text and exit.

-V,  --version

Print version and exit.



Display help text and exit.


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 Description section. 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. Possible types are all, {wlan | wifi}, bluetooth, {uwb | ultrawideband}, wimax, wwan, gps, fm, nfc.

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.

toggle id|type [...]

Enable or disable the corresponding device.


  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 Berg and Marcel Holtmann. The code has been later modified by Sami Kerola and Karel Zak for the util-linux project.

This manual page was written by Darren Salt for the Debian project (and may be used by others).

See Also

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

Reporting Bugs

For bug reports, use the issue tracker at https://github.com/util-linux/util-linux/issues.


The rfkill command is part of the util-linux package which can be downloaded from Linux Kernel Archive.


2024-04-24 util-linux 2.40.1 System Administration