Linux Wifi Hotspot

Feature-rich wifi hotspot creator for Linux which provides both GUI and command-line interface. It is also able to create a hotspot using the same wifi card which is connected to an AP already ( Similar to Windows 10).
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What's new

  • Use aa-complain instead of complain to fix permission issue for dnsmasq
  • Fix some 5Ghz band not working issue

Thank you for all the contributions made while I'm not active on this repository.


  • Share your wifi like in Windows - Use wifi and enable hotspot at the same time.
  • Share a wifi access point from any network interface
  • Create a hotspot with VPN - The hotspot has the traffic tunnelled through VPN. Useful for devices with no VPN app support like TV or gaming consoles.
  • Share wifi via QR code
  • MAC filter
  • View connected devices
  • Includes Both command line and gui.
  • Support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz (Need to be compatible with your wifi adapter). Ex: You have connected to the 5GHz network and share a connection with 2.4GHz.
  • Customise wifi Channel, Change MAC address, etc.
  • Hide SSID
  • customize gateway IP address
  • Enable IEEE 80211n, IEEE 80211ac modes


Command line help and documentation

Read Command line help and documentation here.

If you only need the command-line without GUI run make install-cli-only as root user.


  • Sometimes there are troubles with 5Ghz bands due to some vendor restrictions. If you cannot start hotspot while you are connected to 5Ghz band, Unselect Auto and select 2.4Ghz in frequency selection.

  • If any problems with RealTeK Wifi Adapters see this

  • Unable to allocate IP: firewalld issue: Please check for potential fixes: #209 #166

  • dnsmasq: cannot read /tmp/create_ap.wlo1.conf.*/dnsmasq.conf: Permission denied, on Manjaro or ArchLinux ; check #183



Download the debian package from latest release

OR Please don't use following for ubuntu since I lost keys and package is outdated. I'll fix it ASAP

# For ubuntu - package outdated due to lost GPG keys
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lakinduakash/lwh
sudo apt install linux-wifi-hotspot

Arch based distributions

Linux Wifi Hotspot is available as an AUR package. You can install it manually or with your favourite AUR helper.
For example, if you use yay you can do:
yay -S linux-wifi-hotspot



  • bash
  • util-linux (for getopt)
  • procps or procps-ng
  • hostapd
  • iproute2
  • iw
  • iwconfig (you only need this if 'iw' can not recognize your adapter)
  • haveged (optional)

Make sure you have those dependencies by typing them in terminal. If any of dependencies fail install it using your distro's package manager

For 'NATed' or 'None' Internet sharing method

  • dnsmasq
  • iptables

To build from source

  • make
  • gcc and g++
  • build-essential
  • pkg-config
  • gtk
  • libgtk-3-dev
  • libqrencode-dev (for qr code generation)
  • libpng-dev (for qr code generation)

On Ubuntu or debian install dependencies by,

sudo apt install -y libgtk-3-dev build-essential gcc g++ pkg-config make hostapd libqrencode-dev libpng-dev

On Fedora/CentOS/Red Hat Enterprise Linux/Rocky Linux/Oracle Linux

sudo dnf install -y gtk3-devel gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel pkg-config make hostapd qrencode-devel libpng-devel


git clone
cd linux-wifi-hotspot

#build binaries

sudo make install


sudo make uninstall


You can launch the GUI by searching for "Wifi Hotspot" in the Application Menu or using the terminal with:


Create VPN Hotspot

After connecting to VPN, Open wihotspot GUI. Select the virtual interface created by the VPN. In this case it is tun0


Run on Startup

The wihotspot GUI uses create_ap to create and manage access points. This service and core logic was originally created by @oblique, and are now maintained in this repository.

Start the hotspot service on startup (using your saved configuration) with:

systemctl enable create_ap


If you found a bug or you have an idea about improving this make an issue. Even a small contribution make open source world more beautiful. Please read for more info.


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