I've setup a RaspberryPi 3 using a minimum OS like raspberrypi-ua-netinst (preset:server) but also would like to enjoy the onboard wifi-adapter. Unfortunately I can't enter the credentials in the installer-config.txt but would like to add them later. The point is, that the folder:


and the config wpa_supplicant.conf doesn't exist in any case.

Does anybody know how to set up wifi, to get wifi working using the common way via the config to enter the credentials?

  • This is more like a comment, I don't have enough reputation to add a comment so forgive me. if you have connmanctl (it's a network manager for embedded devices so it's a high probability you have it) installed on you pi, you can check the following tutorial to connect to a wifi access point. Connman:Enabling_and_disabling_wifi
    – flide
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 15:40

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I don't think you have wpa_supplicant installed yet. Is it included in the minimal image? Try to update your repositories and install wpa_supplicant:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wpasupplicant

Next, edit the wpa_supplicant file which should now be present:

sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

Add your network details at the end of that file:


Save the file using CTRL+x (confirm with y) and restart the wpa interface:

sudo wpa_cli reconfigure

Then check if you are connected to your network:

ifconfig wlan0

It's possible to specify the credentials since raspberrypi-ua-netinst v1.2.1.
Just add this to an installer-config.txt on the SD card:


All that information is in the README.md of the repository and shown on GitHub.

Otherwise, you can create the directory and the file by yourself.

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