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NM-ONLINE(1) General Commands Manual NM-ONLINE(1)


nm-online – ask NetworkManager whether the network is connected


nm-online [OPTIONS…]


nm-online is a utility to find out whether we are online. It is done by
asking NetworkManager about its status. When run, nm-online waits until
NetworkManager reports an active connection, or specified timeout
expires. On exit, the returned status code should be checked (see the
return codes below).

By default NetworkManager waits for IPv4 dynamic addressing to complete
but does not wait for the auto IPv6 dynamic addressing. To wait for
IPv6 addressing to complete, either (1) change the network connection’s
IPv6 may-fail setting to no, and/or (2) change the IPv6 addressing
method to manual or dhcp, to indicate that IPv6 connectivity is


-t | –timeout seconds
Time to wait for a connection, in seconds. If the option is not
provided, the default timeout is 30 seconds.

-x | –exit
Exit immediately if NetworkManager is not running or connecting.

-q | –quiet
Don’t print anything.

-s | –wait-for-startup
Wait for NetworkManager startup to complete, rather than waiting
for network connectivity specifically. Startup is considered
complete once NetworkManager has activated (or attempted to
activate) every auto-activate connection which is available given
the current network state. (This is generally only useful at boot
time; after startup has completed, nm-online -s will just return
immediately, regardless of the current network state.)

nm-online exits with status 0 if it succeeds, a value greater than 0 is
returned if an error occurs.

Success – already online or connection established within given

Offline or not online within given timeout.

Unknown or unspecified error.


nmcli, NetworkManager(8).

NetworkManager 1.2.2 NM-ONLINE(1)