This answer gives a solution to run scripts when a connection has been set up by NetworkManager. However, I'd like to run my script (that auto-connect to some special kinds of hotspot) as a non-root user, because it's quite dirty, and I would not bet that it's not possible to do code-injection inside. Do you know if a kind of ~/.config/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/ exists ?

Thank you!


I wanted to do the same thing and here is what I did to make this work:

Create /etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/99-user-scripts:

#   Run NeworkManager dispatcher scripts from user home directories
#   for logged in users
#   See: https://developer.gnome.org/NetworkManager/stable/NetworkManager.html
#   See: https://unix.stackexchange.com/q/405242
for user in $(who | awk '{print $1}' | sort | uniq); do
  [ ! -d "$scripts_dir" ] && continue
  find $scripts_dir -type f -executable -user $user -perm -u+rwx ! -perm /go+w ! -perm /+s | \
    sort | \
    xargs -I{} sudo -u $user --set-home --preserve-env -- {} $1 $2

Set proper permissions on file according to NetworkManager documentation:

$ chmod u+x,go-w,a-s /etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/99-user-scripts

Then create your user script directory and create your user script:

$ mkdir -p ~/.config/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d
$ touch ~/.config/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/50-my-script
$ chmod u+x,go-w,a-s ~/.config/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/50-my-script

Here is a sample ~/.config/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/50-my-script:

prog="$(basename "${BASH_SOURCE[0]}")"
logger -t $prog -p user.notice "Running ${BASH_SOURCE[0]} $@"
printenv | logger -t $prog -p user.notice # verify environment variables are inherited

You can verify the sample script is being run by checking the system log after a network event has occurred.


  • Will not work with /root or non-standard user home directory paths (easily fixable)
  • For simplicity I chose not to implement the pre-up.d and pre-down.d functionality (a possible enhancement)
  • I am not positive the execution order is exactly the same as /etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d scripts. The docs say alphabetical, so I used sort on the found files. Probably not a huge issue but FYI.
  • I am using Bash 4+ syntax rather than generic shell code because that is what I am familiar with. I imagine this could be made to support other shells.
  • I make NO CLAIMS as to the security of this implementation!
  • Interesting trick, thanks!
    – tobiasBora
    Sep 4 '19 at 19:06

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