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       mmcli - Control and monitor the ModemManager


       mmcli [OPTION...]


       ModemManager  is  a  DBus-powered Linux daemon which provides a unified
       high level API for communicating with  (mobile  broadband)  modems.  It
       acts  as  a  standard  RIL  (Radio  Interface Layer) and may be used by
       different connection  managers,  like  NetworkManager.  Thanks  to  the
       built-in  plugin  architecture,  ModemManager  talks  to very different
       kinds of modems with very different kinds of ports. In addition to  the
       standard  AT  serial  ports, Qualcomm-based QCDM and QMI ports are also


       -h, --help
              Show summary of options by group.

              Show all groups and options.

              Show manager specific options.

              Show common options. These are used for defining the  device  an
              option  operates  on.  For example, modems, bearers, SIMs, SMS',

              Show modem specific options.

              Show 3GPP specific options.

              Show CDMA specific options.

              Show simple options. These are useful for getting  connected  or
              disconnected  and  understanding  the state of things as fast as
              possible without worrying so much about the details.

              Show location or positioning specific options.

              Show messaging specific options. See also  --help-sms  which  is

              Show time specific options.

              Show firmware specific options.

              Show OMA specific options.

              Show SIM card specific options.

              Show bearer specific options.

              Show  SMS  specific  options. See also --help-messaging which is


       -G, --set-logging=[ERR|WARN|INFO|DEBUG]
              Set the logging level  in  ModemManager  daemon.  For  debugging
              information  you  can  supply  DEBUG.  Each  value  above  DEBUG
              provides less detail. In most cases ERR (for displaying  errors)
              are the important messages.

              The default mode is ERR.

       -L, --list-modems
              List available modems.

       -M, --monitor-modems
              List available modems and monitor modems added or removed.

       -S, --scan-modems
              Scan  for  any  potential  new  modems. This is only useful when
              expecting  pure  RS232  modems,  as  they   are   not   notified
              automatically by the kernel.


       All  options  below  take  a  PATH  or  INDEX argument. If no action is
       provided, the default information about  the  modem,  bearer,  etc.  is
       shown instead.

       The  PATH and INDEX are created automatically when the modem is plugged
       in. They can be found using mmcli -L. This produces something like (for
       modems only):

              Found 1 modems:

       In this case, the INDEX is 4 and the PATH is the entire string above.

       However,  for  the  bearers,  SIMs  and SMS cases, the PATH is slightly
       different. The Modem is replaced with the  object  name  in  use,  like
       Bearer. For example:


       -m, --modem=[PATH|INDEX]
              Specify a modem.

       -b, --bearer=[PATH|INDEX]
              Specify a bearer.

       -i, --sim=[PATH|INDEX]
              Specify a SIM card.

       -s, --sms=[PATH|INDEX]
              Specify an SMS.


       All  of the modem options below make use of the --modem or -m switch to
       specify the modem to act on.

       Some operations require a MODE. MODE can  be  any  combination  of  the
       modes  actually  supported  by  the  modem.  In  the  perfect case, the
       following are possible:

         '2G'  - 2G technologies, e.g. EDGE, CDMA1x
         '3G'  - 3G technologies, e.g. HSPA, EV-DO
         '4G'  - 4G technologies, e.g. LTE
         'ANY' - for all supported modes.

       -w, --monitor-state
              Monitor the state of a given modem.

       -e, --enable
              Enable a given modem.

              This powers  the  antenna,  starts  the  automatic  registration
              process and in general prepares the modem to be connected.

       -d, --disable
              Disable a given modem.

              This  disconnects  the  existing connection(s) for the modem and
              puts it into a low power mode.

       -r, --reset
              Resets the modem to the  settings  it  had  when  it  was  power

              Resets the modem to its original factory default settings.

              The CODE provided is vendor specific. Without the correct vendor
              code, it's unlikely this operation will succeed. This is  not  a
              common user action.

              Send  an  AT  COMMAND  to  the given modem. For example, COMMAND
              could be 'AT+GMM' to probe for  phone  model  information.  This
              operation  is  only  available when ModemManager is run in debug

              List packet data bearers that are available for the given modem.

              Create a new packet data bearer for a given modem. The KEYs  and
              some VALUEs are listed below:

                'apn'  Access Point Name. Required in 3GPP.

                       Addressing  type.  Given  as  a  MMBearerIpFamily value
                       (e.g. 'ipv4', 'ipv6', 'ipv4v6'). Optional in  3GPP  and

                       Authentication    method    to    use.   Given   as   a
                       MMBearerAllowedAuth             value             (e.g.
                       'none|pap|chap|mschap|mschapv2|eap'). Optional in 3GPP.

                'user' User name (if any) required by the network. Optional in

                       Password (if any) required by the network. Optional  in

                       Flag  to  tell  whether  connection  is  allowed during
                       roaming, given as a boolean value (i.e 'yes' or  'no').
                       Optional in 3GPP.

                       Protocol    of   the   Rm   interface,   given   as   a
                       MMModemCdmaRmProtocol  value  (e.g.  'async',  'packet-
                       relay',   'packet-network-ppp',  'packet-network-slip',
                       'stu-iii'). Optional in CDMA.

                       Telephone number to dial. Required in POTS.

              Delete bearer from a given modem. This option explicitly uses  a
              PATH  to  define  the  bearer,  you  can  not use an INDEX to be

              Set allowed modes for a given modem. For possible modes, see the
              beginning of this section.

              Set  bands  to  be  used  for a given modem. These are frequency
              ranges the modem  should  use.  There  are  quite  a  number  of
              supported  bands  and  listing  them  all  here  would  be quite
              extensive. For details, see the MMModemBand documentation.

              An example would be: 'egsm|dcs|pcs|g850' to select all  the  GSM
              frequency bands.

              Set the preferred MODE for the given modem. The MODE MUST be one
              of the allowed modes as set with the --set-allowed-modes option.
              Possible  MODE  arguments  are detailed at the beginning of this


       The 3rd  Generation  Partnership  Project  (3GPP)  is  a  collaboration
       between   groups  of  telecommunications  associations.  These  options
       pertain to devices which support 3GPP.

       Included  are  options  to  control  USSD  (Unstructured  Supplementary
       Service Data) sessions.

       All  of  the 3GPP options below make use of the --modem or -m switch to
       specify the modem to act on.

              Scan for available 3GPP networks.

              Request a given modem to register in its home network.

              This registers with the  default  network(s)  specified  by  the

              Request  a  given  modem to register on the network of the given
              MCCMNC  (Mobile  Country  Code,  Mobile  Network   Code)   based
              operator.  This  code is used for GSM/LTE, CDMA, iDEN, TETRA and
              UMTS public land  mobile  networks  and  some  satellite  mobile
              networks.  The ITU-T Recommendation E.212 defines mobile country

              Request the status of ANY ongoing USSD session.

              Request the given modem to initiate a USSD session with COMMAND.

              For example, COMMAND could be '*101#' to give your current  pre-
              pay balance.

              When  initiating  an USSD session, a RESPONSE may be needed by a
              network-originated request. This option allows for that.

              Cancel an ongoing USSD session for a given modem.


       All CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) options require the --modem or
       -m option.

              Activate  the given modem using OTA (Over the Air) settings. The
              CARRIER is a code  provided  by  the  network  for  the  default
              settings they provide.


       All simple options must be used with --modem or -m.

              Run a full connection sequence using KEY / VALUE pairs.  You can
              use the --create-bearer options, plus any of the following ones:

                'pin'  SIM-PIN unlock code.

                       ETSI MCC-MNC of a network to force registration.

              Disconnect ALL connected bearers for a given modem.

              Display the status of the given modem.


       These options  detail  how  to  discover  your  location  using  Global
       Positioning   System   (GPS)  or  directly  from  your  mobile  network
       infrastructure (either 3GPP or 3GPP2).

       All location options must be used with --modem or -m.

              Show the current status for discovering our location.

              Show all location information available.

              Enable location discovery using the 3GPP network.

              Disable location discovery using the 3GPP network.

              Show 3GPP based location information (MCC, MNC, LAC, CI).

              Enable location discovery  using  GPS  and  reported  with  NMEA

              Disable location discovery using GPS and NMEA traces.

              Show GPS based location with NMEA trace information.

              Enable  location discovery using GPS and reported with raw (i.e.
              longitude/latitude) values.

              Disable location discovery using GPS and raw values.

              Show GPS  based  location  information  with  raw  values  (e.g.
              latitude, longitude).

              Enable location discovery using the 3GPP2 network.

              Disable location discovery using the 3GPP2 network.

              Show 3GPP2 based location information (location of the CDMA base

              Enable location discovery using GPS but without  taking  control
              of the NMEA tty port.

              Disable location discovery using GPS and unmanaged port.


       All messaging options must be used with --modem or -m.

              Show the status of the messaging support.

              List SMS messages available on a given modem.

              Create  a  new  SMS  on  a  given  modem. KEYs can be any of the

                        Number to which the message is addressed.

                'text' Message text, in UTF-8. When sending, if  the  text  is
                       larger  than  the limit of the technology or modem, the
                       message will be broken into multiple parts or messages.
                       Note  that  text  and  data are never given at the same

                'smsc' Indicates the SMS service center number.

                       Specifies when the SMS expires in the SMSC.

                       3GPP message class (0..3).

                       Specifies whether delivery  report  is  requested  when
                       sending the SMS ('yes' or 'no')

                       Specifies  the  storage  where  this  message  is kept.
                       Storages may be 'sm', 'me', 'mt', 'sr', 'bm', 'ta'.

              Use PATH to a filename as the data to create a new SMS.

              Delete an SMS from a given modem. PATH indicates the SMS path.


       All time operations require the --modem or -m option.

       --time Display  the  current  network  time  from  the  operator.  This
              includes the timezone which is usually of importance.


       All firmware options require the --modem or -m option.

              List all the firmware images installed on a given modem.

              Select a firmware image from those installed on a given modem. A
              list  of  available  firmware  images  can  be  seen  using  the
              --firmware-list option.

              The ID provided is a UNIQUE identifier for the firmware.


       All OMA options require the --modem or -m option.

              Show the status of the OMA device management subsystem.

       --oma-start-client-initiated-session=[SESSION TYPE]
              Request to start a client initiated session.

              The given session type must be one of:

       --oma-accept-network-initiated-session=[SESSION ID]
              Request to accept a network initiated session.

       --oma-reject-network-initiated-session=[SESSION ID]
              Request to reject a network initiated session.

              Request to cancel current OMA session, if any.


              Send PIN code to a given SIM card.

              Send PUK code to a given SIM card. This must be used WITH --pin.

              Enable  PIN request for a given SIM card. This must be used WITH

              Disable PIN request for a given SIM card. This must be used WITH

              Change the PIN for a given SIM card. It will be set to PIN. This
              must be used WITH --pin to supply the old PIN number.


       All bearer options require the --bearer or -b option.

       -c, --connect
              Connect to a given bearer.

       -x, --disconnect
              Disconnect from a given bearer.


       All SMS options require the --sms or -s option.

       --send Send an SMS.

              This option will store the SMS in the default storage defined by
              the  modem,  which  may be either modem-memory or SMS-memory. To
              know  what  the   existing   default   storage   is,   see   the
              --messaging-status option.

              This  option  states  which  STORAGE  to  use  for SMS messages.
              Possible values for STORAGE include:

                'sm'   SIM card storage area.

                'me'   Mobile equipment storage area.

                'mt'   Sum of SIM and Mobile equipment storages

                'sr'   Status report message storage area.

                'bm'   Broadcast message storage area.

                'ta'   Terminal adaptor message storage area.

              This option takes an SMS that  has  DATA  (not  TEXT)  and  will
              create  a  local file described by PATH and store the content of
              the SMS there.


       -v, --verbose
              Perform actions with more details reported and/or logged.

       -V, --version
              Returns the version of this program.

       -a, --async
              Use asynchronous methods. This is purely a development tool  and
              has no practical benefit to most user operations.

              Use SECONDS for the timeout when performing operations with this
              command. This option  is  useful  when  executing  long  running
              operations, like --3gpp-scan.


   Send the PIN to the SIM card
       You'll need first to know which the proper path/index is for the SIM in
       your modem:
           $ mmcli -m 0 | grep SIM
           SIM | path: '/org/freedesktop/ModemManager1/SIM/0'

       And after that, you can just use the SIM index:
           $ mmcli -i 0 --pin=1234
           successfully sent PIN code to the SIM

   Simple connect and disconnect
       You can launch the simple connection process like:
           $ mmcli -m 0 --simple-connect="pin=1234,apn=internet"
           successfully connected the modem

       Then, you can disconnect it like:
           $ mmcli -m 0 --simple-disconnect
           successfully disconnected all bearers in the modem

   3GPP network scan
       Scanning for 3GPP networks may really take a long time, so  a  specific
       timeout must be given:
           $ mmcli -m 0 --3gpp-scan --timeout=300

           Found 4 networks:
           21404 - Yoigo (umts, available)
           21407 - Movistar (umts, current)
           21401 - vodafone ES (umts, forbidden)
           21403 - Orange (umts, forbidden)

   Creating a new SMS message & storing it
       Using the “sm” (SIM), you can do this using:

           $      mmcli      -m      0     --messaging-create-sms="text='Hello
           Successfully created new SMS:
               /org/freedesktop/ModemManager1/SMS/21 (unknown)

           $ sudo mmcli -s 21 --store-in-storage="sm"
           successfully stored the SMS

           $ sudo mmcli -s 21
           SMS '/org/freedesktop/ModemManager1/SMS/21'
             Content    |              number: '+1234567890'
                        |                text: 'Hello world'
             Properties |            PDU type: 'submit'
                        |               state: 'stored'
                        |                smsc: 'unknown'
                        |            validity: '0'
                        |               class: '0'
                        |             storage: 'sm'
                        |     delivery report: 'not requested'
                        |   message reference: '0'

           $ sudo mmcli -m 0 --messaging-status
             Messaging | supported storages: 'sm, me'
                       |    default storage: 'me'

   Sending SMS messages from files
       As   you   can   see    below,    the    important    part    is    the
       --messaging-create-sms-with-data and the PATH provided.

           $ sudo mmcli -m 0 \
                  --messaging-create-sms="number='+1234567890'" \
           Successfully created new SMS:
               /org/freedesktop/ModemManager1/SMS/22 (unknown)

           $ sudo mmcli -s 22 --send
           successfully sent the SMS

   Listing SMS messages
       When  the  receiver  gets  all  the  parts of the message, they can now
       recover the sent file with another mmcli command in their  ModemManager

           $> sudo mmcli -m 0 --messaging-list-sms
           Found 1 SMS messages:
               /org/freedesktop/ModemManager1/SMS/0 (received)

           $> sudo mmcli -s 0 --create-file-with-data=/path/to/the/output/file

   GPS location status
       You  first  need  to  check whether the modem has GPS-specific location
       capabilities. Note that we’ll assume the modem is exposed as  index  0;
       if  you  have  more than one modem, just use --list-modems to check the
       proper modem index:

           $ mmcli -m 0 --location-status
             Location | capabilities: '3gpp-lac-ci, gps-raw, gps-nmea'
                      |      enabled: 'none'
                      |      signals: 'no'

       The output says that the modem supports 3GPP  Location  area  code/Cell
       ID,  GPS  raw and GPS-NMEA location sources. None is enabled yet, as we
       didn’t enable the modem, which we can do issuing:

           $ sudo mmcli -m 0 --enable
           successfully enabled the modem

           $ mmcli -m 0 --location-status
             Location | capabilities: '3gpp-lac-ci, gps-raw, gps-nmea'
                      |      enabled: '3gpp-lac-ci'
                      |      signals: 'no'

   GPS location technology enabling
       We can enable the RAW and NMEA GPS location sources using:

           $ sudo mmcli -m 0 \
                        --location-enable-gps-raw \
           successfully setup location gathering

       If we do check again the status, we’ll see the  GPS-specific  locations
       are enabled:

           $ mmcli -m 0 --location-status
             Location | capabilities: '3gpp-lac-ci, gps-raw, gps-nmea'
                      |      enabled: '3gpp-lac-ci, gps-raw, gps-nmea'
                      |      signals: 'no'

   GPS location retrieval
       You    can    query   location   source   specific   information   with
       --location-get-3gpp,            --location-get-gps-nmea             and
       --location-get-gps-raw; but also for all at the same time:

           $ sudo mmcli -m 0 --location-get
             3GPP location   | Mobile country code: '214'
                             | Mobile network code: '3'
                             |  Location area code: '21071'
                             |             Cell ID: '7033737'
             GPS NMEA traces | $GPGGA,,,,,,0,,,,,,,,*66
                             | $GPRMC,,V,,,,,,,,,,N*53
                             | $GPGSA,A,1,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,*1E
                             | $GPGSV,4,1,16,24,,,,29,,,,05,,,,18,,,*7A
                             | $GPGSV,4,2,16,22,,,,14,,,,11,,,,17,,,*7B
                             | $GPGSV,4,3,16,03,,,,12,,,,30,,,,13,,,*78
                             | $GPGSV,4,4,16,23,,,,15,,,,27,,,,07,,,*79
                             | $GPVTG,,T,,M,,N,,K,N*2C
             Raw GPS         | Not available
             CDMA BS         | Not available

       An example of RAW GPS location information:

           $ sudo mmcli -m 0 --location-get-gps-raw
             Raw GPS         |  UTC time: '155142.2'
                             | Longitude: '-3.513941'
                             |  Latitude: '40.502603'
                             |  Altitude: '18.000000'


       Martyn Russell <>


       ModemManager(8), NetworkManager(8)

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