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1.3.2. Interacting with NetworkManager

Users do not interact with the NetworkManager system service directly. Instead, users perform network configuration tasks via graphical and command-line user interface tools. The following tools are available in Fedora:
  1. A command-line tool, nmcli, is provided to allow users and scripts to interact with NetworkManager. Note that nmcli can be used on GUI-less systems like servers to control all aspects of NetworkManager. It is on an equal footing with the GUI tools.
  2. A graphical user interface tool called control-center, provided by the GNOME Shell, is available for desktop users. It incorporates a Network settings tool. To start it, press the Super key to enter the Activities Overview, type control network and then press Enter. The Super key appears in a variety of guises, depending on the keyboard and other hardware, but often as either the Windows or Command key, and typically to the left of the Spacebar.
  3. The GNOME Shell also provides a network icon in its Notification Area representing network connection states as reported by NetworkManager. The icon has multiple states that serve as visual indicators for the type of connection you are currently using. On other desktops the network icon is provided by NetworkManager Applet.
  4. A graphical user interface tool, nm-connection-editor, is available for certain specialized tasks not handled by control-center. To start it using the GNOME shell, press the Super key to enter the Activities Overview, type network connections or nm-connection-editor and then press Enter. Most desktop environments follow the convention of using the key combination Alt+F2 for opening new applications. For all desktops, press the Alt+F2 key and enter nm-connection-editor.