Introduction to NetworkManager Applet

The NetworkManager Applet provides a tool and a panel applet used to configure wired and wireless network connections through GUI. It's designed for use with any desktop environment that uses GTK+, such as Xfce and LXDE.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

NetworkManager Applet Dependencies


GTK+-3.24.41, libnma-1.10.6, and libsecret-0.21.3


Required (Runtime)

Since this package uses Polkit-124 for authorization, one Polkit Authentication Agent should be running when the functionality of this package is used.


gnome-bluetooth-42.8 and libindicator

Installation of NetworkManager Applet

Install NetworkManager Applet by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson setup ..            \
      --prefix=/usr       \
      --buildtype=release \
      -Dappindicator=no   \
      -Dselinux=false     &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

-Dappindicator=no: This switch disables AppIndicator support in network-manager-applet because it requires libindicator, which is not in BLFS. The build will fail without this option.

-Dselinux=false: This switch forcibly disables SELinux support since it is not currently in BLFS and the build will fail without it.

-Dwwan=false: This switch disables WWAN support. Use this if you do not have ModemManager-1.18.12 installed.


Installed Programs: nm-applet and nm-connection-editor
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


allows users to view and edit network connection settings