Friday, June 7, 2013

Installing gnome-network-manager in Ubuntu 12.04 precise (LTS)

One week ago, I upgraded my Ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04 LTS. After the upgrade finished, I could not see the network manager icon in the tray. The first thing I tried was to install the gnome-network-manager in Ubuntu Software Center. To my surprise it was not possible.

After searching for a while and trying some suggestions that were written in the forums, I found this link to a website called

Here, I clicked on the button called "APT INSTALL" under Download "network-manager-gnome", selected Ubuntu Software Center in the Launch Application window that pops up and proceeded with the usual installation steps.

To test whether the network manager is installed properly you could try to run nm-applet in terminal.

The final step is to add the nm-applet to Startup Applications. Open the Dash Home, enter Startup Applications and add the applet there. The network manager will load every time you start Ubuntu.


  1. it works. but additionally you may also need to do:

    sudo apt-get install nm-applet

    sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome

    and type nm-applet again.

    it worked for me and network icon appeared back

  2. if everything else fails,use this

    sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-complete
    quick restart and you should see it on the panel again

  3. i tried mr. solomon's suggestion and it works. thank you.