How to get the ESSID of the current network

Jonathan Haug jonathanhaug at
Tue Mar 22 03:07:37 PDT 2011

> > Dear dbus-list! 
> > I'm trying to get the name / essid of the current (wifi-) network via dbus. 
> DBus by itself won't tell you that. You need to look at connman, networkmanager and wicd for their respectives DBus interfaces. d-feet may be of help here.

Ok, I'm using NetworkManager and found

I tried 

dbus-send --system --dest=org.freedesktop.NetworkManager
--print-reply /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/Devices/eth1

but get the follwing error:

Error org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.UnknownMethod: Method
"getActiveNetwork" with signature "" on interface
"org.freedesktop.NetworkManager" doesn't exist

Thanks for your help!

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