Modem Manager GUI: An excellent App for managing USB modems

Modem Manager GUI: An excellent App for managing USB modems

Modem Manager GUI: An excellent App for managing USB modems

The Operating Systems free and open, like GNU / Linux, they usually have excellent apps that many times we do not know for various reasons, and that perform an excellent function, equal to or better than their analogues in the Operating Systems private and closed as Windows. One of them is ModemManagerGUI, an excellent app which I currently use very frequently.

In simple and direct terms, it can be said that ModemManagerGUI it is excellent alternative graphical interface (front-end) for the modem-manager (ModemManager) service (daemon), which is responsible for managing the use of USB modems with connection to Internet about GNU / Linux Distros.

Modem Manager GUI: Introduction

Already on a previous occasion, specifically a little more than 2 years ago, about a publication called "Modem Manager: An application for the management of Modem in Linux" We explain in good detail aspects of it, which today we will deepen and update, but in a more technical and visual way.

Related article:
Modem Manager: An application for the management of Modem in Linux

Another previous post where we have mentioned and recommended it before, in the section of «Support for USB internet connection devices » is:

DEBIAN 10: What extra packages are useful after installing?
Related article:
DEBIAN 10: What extra packages are useful after installing?

Modem Manager GUI: Contents

Modem Manager GUI: USB modem management app on Linux

What is the Modem Manager GUI?

Currently, and citing its developers in their Official website, it is described as:

"A simple graphical interface based on GTK + compatible with the services of Modem Manager, Wader and the oFono system, capable of controlling the specific functions of EDGE / 3G / 4G broadband modems, checking the balance of the SIM cards, sending or receiving SMS messages, and to control the consumption of mobile data traffic, among many more functions and facilities".

Current Features

  • Create and control mobile broadband connections.
  • Send and receive SMS messages and store the messages in the database.
  • Initiate USSD requests and read responses (also using interactive sessions).
  • View device information: operator name, device mode, IMEI, IMSI, signal level.
  • Scan available mobile networks.
  • View mobile traffic statistics and set limits.

Among many others.


The package (binaries) of ModemManagerGUI can be downloaded, compiled and installed on the most common GNU / Linux Distros and its derivatives, however, different versions or the latest stable can be achieved within the official or compatible repositories of many of them, so with a simple command order from the terminal or console, you can install the version available in them. For example:


dnf install modem-manager-gui


sudo apt-get install modem-manager-gui


apt-get install modem-manager-gui

Arch Linux

pacman -S modem-manager-gui

Chakra Linux

ccr -S modem-manager-gui

magic linux

urpmi modem-manager-gui


zypper in modem-manager-gui

Current version

Currently, ModemManagerGUI, goes for the version 0.0.20 which has been released just over a month ago. However, personally, I use the version available for MX Linux that is the version 0.0.19, which is already pre-installed and works perfectly on me custom and optimized respin, LLAMADA Miracles.

If you want to know more about said application, you can consult the following links:

Screen shots

So that we can see in depth all its characteristics and potential, we will show the following screenshots of the version 0.0.19, which I currently use, which allows me to manage my Movistar Huawei E173 USB Modem without major problems, especially the validate data consumption daily and monthly to be able to make good use of my data plan about Linux, as it can be easily carried with the original software created to Windows.

A. Devices Option

Modem-Manager-GUI: Devices Option

B. Add Devices Option

Modem-Manager-GUI: Add Devices Option

C. SMS Messages Option

Modem-Manager-GUI: SMS Messages Option

D. USSD Messages Option

Modem-Manager-GUI: USSD Messages Option

E. Option Device technical information and connection

Modem-Manager-GUI: Option Technical information of the device and connection

 F. Option Scan for detected connections

Modem-Manager-GUI: Option Scan for detected connections

G. Traffic analysis option

Modem-Manager-GUI: Traffic Analysis Option

H. Traffic statistics option

Modem-Manager-GUI: Traffic Statistics option

I. Contact Management option

Modem-Manager-GUI: Contact Management Option

J. Preferences -> Behavior

Preferences -> Behavior

K. Preferences -> SMS messages

Preferences -> SMS messages

L. Preferences -> Graphics

Preferences -> Graphics

M. Preferences -> Modules

Preferences -> Modules

N. Preferences -> Pages

Preferences -> Pages

As you can see it is a excellent tool, well complete and that will surely be very useful to many, if they need it, install it and use it.

Generic image for article conclusions


We hope this "useful little post" about «Modem Manager GUI», Which is a excellent alternative of graphical interface (front-end) for the service (daemon) of modem-manager (ModemManager), which is in charge of managing the use of USB modems with Internet connection on GNU / Linux Distros, is of great interest and utility , For the whole «Comunidad de Software Libre y Código Abierto» and of great contribution to the diffusion of the wonderful, gigantic and growing ecosystem of applications of «GNU/Linux».

And for more information, always do not hesitate to visit any Online library and OpenLibra y jedit to read books (PDFs) on this topic or others knowledge areas. For now, if you liked this «publicación», don't stop sharing it with others, in your Favorite websites, channels, groups, or communities of social networks, preferably free and open as Mastodon, or secure and private like Telegram.

Or simply visit our home page at FromLinux or join the official Channel Telegram from DesdeLinux to read and vote for this or other interesting publications on «Software Libre», «Código Abierto», «GNU/Linux» and other topics related to «Informática y la Computación», and the «Actualidad tecnológica».

The content of the article adheres to our principles of editorial ethics. To report an error click here!.

2 comments, leave yours

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.



  1. Responsible for the data: Miguel Ángel Gatón
  2. Purpose of the data: Control SPAM, comment management.
  3. Legitimation: Your consent
  4. Communication of the data: The data will not be communicated to third parties except by legal obligation.
  5. Data storage: Database hosted by Occentus Networks (EU)
  6. Rights: At any time you can limit, recover and delete your information.

  1.   frank castle said

    What modem do you recommend for Argentina that uses bands 4, 7 and 28? And if possible also bands 2 and 8.

    1.    Linux PostInstall said

      Greetings, Franco. Thanks for your comment. Personally, I can't tell you which models of USB modem devices are available for Argentina and are compatible with those bands. Hopefully another reader from that country with such information will provide it to us. Success and good luck with that.