I know in Ubuntu we have nmcli dev wifi to see a list of near SSIDs. But this command seems not exist in raspbian. Is there an alternative way?

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Googling "linux find nearby ssid" suggests

sudo iwlist wlan0 scan|grep SSID

  • Any idea why sudo iwlist wlan0 scan gets a full list of neighboring SSIDs, but iwlist wlan0 scan gets only one?
    – Seamus
    Jul 7, 2018 at 22:11
  • From the man page on Raspian Buster: "Triggering scanning is a privileged operation (root only) and normal users can only read left-over scan results."
    – mkoistinen
    Sep 18, 2019 at 1:48
sudo iwlist wlan0 scan|grep ESSID 

will list all ssids in raspberry pi

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