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About rfkill

rfkill is a small tool to query the state of the rfkill switches, buttons and subsystem interfaces.

Getting rfkill

Release tarballs of iw are available from

Alternatively, you can download iw from git:, the web interface can also create tarballs for arbitrary revisions.


Just enter

rfkill help

on your command line and it will print out the commands it supports.

Printing the current rfkill status

rfkill list

Listening to events

Just use

rfkill event

Setting/clearing a soft block


rfkill list

to get the rfkill index, then use

rfkill block <index>


rfkill unblock <index>

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