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Developer(s)Adam Blackburn, Dan O'Reilly, Andrew Psaltis, David Paleino
Stable release
1.7.4 / January 25, 2016; 8 years ago (2016-01-25)
Written inPython
Operating systemLinux
LicenseGPL (free software)

Wicd, which stands for Wireless Interface Connection Daemon, is an open-source software utility to manage both wireless and wired networks for Linux. The project started in late 2006 with the creation of Connection Manager, which eventually became Wicd.[1] Wicd aims to provide a simple interface to connect to networks with a wide variety of settings.

Wicd will only automatically connect to wireless networks you have specified and will not automatically connect to an unknown network.

Wicd supports wireless encryption using wpa_supplicant. Users can design their own "templates", which can be used by Wicd to connect to a large variety of networks using any type of encryption wpa_supplicant supports.

Wicd is split into two major components: the daemon, and the user interface.[2] These two components communicate via D-Bus. This design allows the user interface to run as a standard user, and the daemon to run as the root user, so the user can change the wireless network without knowing the root password. The split interface/daemon design would also allow a person to write a new front-end to the Wicd daemon, such as wicd-qt. There are also other front-ends available for many DEs such as GNOME, Xfce, and Fluxbox.

Wicd is currently available in some Linux distributions, such as Debian,[3] Gentoo Linux,[4] Slackware, Ubuntu[5] and Zenwalk Linux.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Connection Manager: a new wireless manager – Ubuntu Forums
  2. ^ Wicd README
  3. ^ Debian GNU/Linux Package Search
  4. ^ "Gentoo Package Search". Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  5. ^ "Wicd package : Ubuntu".
  6. ^ "Zenwalk Package Search". Archived from the original on 2018-07-22. Retrieved 2008-06-28.