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wpa_supplicant and Wi-Fi P2P
This document describes how the Wi-Fi P2P implementation in
wpa_supplicant can be configured and how an external component on the
client (e.g., management GUI) is used to enable WPS enrollment and
registrar registration.
Introduction to Wi-Fi P2P
More information about Wi-Fi P2P is available from Wi-Fi Alliance:
wpa_supplicant implementation
wpa_supplicant configuration
Wi-Fi P2P is an optional component that needs to be enabled in the
wpa_supplicant build configuration (.config). Here is an example
configuration that includes Wi-Fi P2P support and Linux nl80211
-based driver interface:
In run-time configuration file (wpa_supplicant.conf), some parameters
for P2P may be set. In order to make the devices easier to recognize,
device_name and device_type should be specified. For example,
something like this should be included:
device_name=My P2P Device
Actual Wi-Fi P2P operations are requested during runtime. These can be
done for example using wpa_cli (which is described below) or a GUI
like wpa_gui-qt4.
wpa_cli starts in interactive mode if no command string is included on
the command line. By default, it will select the first network interface
that it can find (and that wpa_supplicant controls). If more than one
interface is in use, it may be necessary to select one of the explicitly
by adding -i argument on the command line (e.g., 'wpa_cli -i wlan1').
Most of the P2P operations are done on the main interface (e.g., the
interface that is automatically added when the driver is loaded, e.g.,
wlan0). When using a separate virtual interface for group operations
(e.g., wlan1), the control interface for that group interface may need
to be used for some operations (mainly WPS activation in GO). This may
change in the future so that all the needed operations could be done
over the main control interface.
Device Discovery
p2p_find [timeout in seconds] [type=<social|progressive>] \
[dev_id=<addr>] [delay=<search delay in ms>]
The default behavior is to run a single full scan in the beginning and
then scan only social channels. type=social will scan only social
channels, i.e., it skips the initial full scan. type=progressive is
like the default behavior, but it will scan through all the channels
progressively one channel at the time in the Search state rounds. This
will help in finding new groups or groups missed during the initial
full scan.
The optional dev_id option can be used to specify a single P2P peer to
search for. The optional delay parameter can be used to request an extra
delay to be used between search iterations (e.g., to free up radio
resources for concurrent operations).
p2p_listen [timeout in seconds]
Start Listen-only state (become discoverable without searching for
other devices). Optional parameter can be used to specify the duration
for the Listen operation in seconds. This command may not be of that
much use during normal operations and is mainly designed for
testing. It can also be used to keep the device discoverable without
having to maintain a group.
Stop ongoing P2P device discovery or other operation (connect, listen
Flush P2P peer table and state.
Group Formation
p2p_prov_disc <peer device address> <display|keypad|pbc> [join|auto]
Send P2P provision discovery request to the specified peer. The
parameters for this command are the P2P device address of the peer and
the desired configuration method. For example, "p2p_prov_disc
02:01:02:03:04:05 display" would request the peer to display a PIN for
us and "p2p_prov_disc 02:01:02:03:04:05 keypad" would request the peer
to enter a PIN that we display.
The optional "join" parameter can be used to indicate that this command
is requesting an already running GO to prepare for a new client. This is
mainly used with "display" to request it to display a PIN. The "auto"
parameter can be used to request wpa_supplicant to automatically figure
out whether the peer device is operating as a GO and if so, use
join-a-group style PD instead of GO Negotiation style PD.
p2p_connect <peer device address> <pbc|pin|PIN#> [display|keypad]
[persistent|persistent=<network id>] [join|auth]
[go_intent=<0..15>] [freq=<in MHz>] [ht40] [provdisc]
Start P2P group formation with a discovered P2P peer. This includes
optional group owner negotiation, group interface setup, provisioning,
and establishing data connection.
The <pbc|pin|PIN#> parameter specifies the WPS provisioning
method. "pbc" string starts pushbutton method, "pin" string start PIN
method using an automatically generated PIN (which will be returned as
the command return code), PIN# means that a pre-selected PIN can be
used (e.g., 12345670). [display|keypad] is used with PIN method
to specify which PIN is used (display=dynamically generated random PIN
from local display, keypad=PIN entered from peer display). "persistent"
parameter can be used to request a persistent group to be formed. The
"persistent=<network id>" alternative can be used to pre-populate
SSID/passphrase configuration based on a previously used persistent
group where this device was the GO. The previously used parameters will
then be used if the local end becomes the GO in GO Negotiation (which
can be forced with go_intent=15).
"join" indicates that this is a command to join an existing group as a
client. It skips the GO Negotiation part. This will send a Provision
Discovery Request message to the target GO before associating for WPS
"auth" indicates that the WPS parameters are authorized for the peer
device without actually starting GO Negotiation (i.e., the peer is
expected to initiate GO Negotiation). This is mainly for testing
"go_intent" can be used to override the default GO Intent for this GO
"freq" can be used to set a forced operating channel (e.g., freq=2412
to select 2.4 GHz channel 1).
"provdisc" can be used to request a Provision Discovery exchange to be
used prior to starting GO Negotiation as a workaround with some deployed
P2P implementations that require this to allow the user to accept the
p2p_group_add [persistent|persistent=<network id>] [freq=<freq in MHz>] [ht40]
Set up a P2P group owner manually (i.e., without group owner
negotiation with a specific peer). This is also known as autonomous
GO. Optional persistent=<network id> can be used to specify restart of
a persistent group. Optional freq=<freq in MHz> can be used to force
the GO to be started on a specific frequency. Special freq=2 or freq=5
options can be used to request the best 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band channel
to be selected automatically.
p2p_reject <peer device address>
Reject connection attempt from a peer (specified with a device
address). This is a mechanism to reject a pending GO Negotiation with
a peer and request to automatically block any further connection or
discovery of the peer.
p2p_group_remove <group interface>
Terminate a P2P group. If a new virtual network interface was used for
the group, it will also be removed. The network interface name of the
group interface is used as a parameter for this command.
Cancel an ongoing P2P group formation and joining-a-group related
operation. This operations unauthorizes the specific peer device (if any
had been authorized to start group formation), stops P2P find (if in
progress), stops pending operations for join-a-group, and removes the
P2P group interface (if one was used) that is in the WPS provisioning
step. If the WPS provisioning step has been completed, the group is not
Service Discovery
Schedule a P2P service discovery request. The parameters for this
command are the device address of the peer device (or 00:00:00:00:00:00
for wildcard query that is sent to every discovered P2P peer that
supports service discovery) and P2P Service Query TLV(s) as hexdump. For
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 02000001
schedules a request for listing all available services of all service
discovery protocols and requests this to be sent to all discovered
peers (note: this can result in long response frames). The pending
requests are sent during device discovery (see p2p_find).
Only a single pending wildcard query is supported, but there can be
multiple pending peer device specific queries (each will be sent in
sequence whenever the peer is found).
This command returns an identifier for the pending query (e.g.,
"1f77628") that can be used to cancel the request. Directed requests
will be automatically removed when the specified peer has replied to
For UPnP, an alternative command format can be used to specify a
single query TLV (i.e., a service discovery for a specific UPnP
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 upnp <version hex> <ST: from M-SEARCH>
For example:
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 upnp 10 urn:schemas-upnp-org:device:InternetGatewayDevice:1
Additional examples for queries:
# list of all Bonjour services
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 02000101
# list of all UPnP services
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 02000201
# list of all WS-Discovery services
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 02000301
# list of all Bonjour and UPnP services
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 0200010102000202
# Apple File Sharing over TCP
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 130001010b5f6166706f766572746370c00c000c01
# Bonjour SSTH (supported service type hash)
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 05000101000000
# UPnP examples
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 upnp 10 ssdp:all
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 upnp 10 upnp:rootdevice
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 upnp 10 urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:ContentDirectory:2
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 upnp 10 uuid:6859dede-8574-59ab-9332-123456789012
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 upnp 10 urn:schemas-upnp-org:device:InternetGatewayDevice:1
# Wi-Fi Display examples
# format: wifi-display <list of roles> <list of subelements>
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 wifi-display [source] 2,3,4,5
p2p_serv_disc_req 02:01:02:03:04:05 wifi-display [pri-sink] 3
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 wifi-display [sec-source] 2
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 wifi-display [source+sink] 2,3,4,5
p2p_serv_disc_req 00:00:00:00:00:00 wifi-display [source][pri-sink] 2,3,4,5
p2p_serv_disc_cancel_req <query identifier>
Cancel a pending P2P service discovery request. This command takes a
single parameter: identifier for the pending query (the value returned
by p2p_serv_disc_req, e.g., "p2p_serv_disc_cancel_req 1f77628".
Reply to a service discovery query. This command takes following
parameters: frequency in MHz, destination address, dialog token,
response TLV(s). The first three parameters are copied from the
request event. For example, "p2p_serv_disc_resp 2437 02:40:61:c2:f3:b7
1 0300000101". This command is used only if external program is used
to process the request (see p2p_serv_disc_external).
Indicate that local services have changed. This is used to increment
the P2P service indicator value so that peers know when previously
cached information may have changed. This is only needed when external
service discovery processing is enabled since the commands to
pre-configure services for internal processing will increment the
indicator automatically.
p2p_serv_disc_external <0|1>
Configure external processing of P2P service requests: 0 (default) =
no external processing of requests (i.e., internal code will process
each request based on pre-configured services), 1 = external
processing of requests (external program is responsible for replying
to service discovery requests with p2p_serv_disc_resp). Please note
that there is quite strict limit on how quickly the response needs to
be transmitted, so use of the internal processing is strongly
p2p_service_add bonjour <query hexdump> <RDATA hexdump>
Add a local Bonjour service for internal SD query processing.
# AFP Over TCP (PTR)
p2p_service_add bonjour 0b5f6166706f766572746370c00c000c01 074578616d706c65c027
# AFP Over TCP (TXT) (RDATA=null)
p2p_service_add bonjour 076578616d706c650b5f6166706f766572746370c00c001001 00
# IP Printing over TCP (PTR) (RDATA=MyPrinter._ipp._tcp.local.)
p2p_service_add bonjour 045f697070c00c000c01 094d795072696e746572c027
# IP Printing over TCP (TXT) (RDATA=txtvers=1,pdl=application/postscript)
p2p_service_add bonjour 096d797072696e746572045f697070c00c001001 09747874766572733d311a70646c3d6170706c69636174696f6e2f706f7374736372797074
# Supported Service Type Hash (SSTH)
p2p_service_add bonjour 000000 <32-byte bitfield as hexdump>
(note: see P2P spec Annex E.4 for information on how to construct the bitfield)
p2p_service_del bonjour <query hexdump>
Remove a local Bonjour service from internal SD query processing.
p2p_service_add upnp <version hex> <service>
Add a local UPnP service for internal SD query processing.
p2p_service_add upnp 10 uuid:6859dede-8574-59ab-9332-123456789012::upnp:rootdevice
p2p_service_add upnp 10 uuid:5566d33e-9774-09ab-4822-333456785632::upnp:rootdevice
p2p_service_add upnp 10 uuid:1122de4e-8574-59ab-9322-333456789044::urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:ContentDirectory:2
p2p_service_add upnp 10 uuid:5566d33e-9774-09ab-4822-333456785632::urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:ContentDirectory:2
p2p_service_add upnp 10 uuid:6859dede-8574-59ab-9332-123456789012::urn:schemas-upnp-org:device:InternetGatewayDevice:1
p2p_service_del upnp <version hex> <service>
Remove a local UPnP service from internal SD query processing.
Remove all local services from internal SD query processing.
p2p_invite [persistent=<network id>|group=<group ifname>] [peer=address]
[go_dev_addr=address] [freq=<freq in MHz>] [ht40]
Invite a peer to join a group (e.g., group=wlan1) or to reinvoke a
persistent group (e.g., persistent=4). If the peer device is the GO of
the persistent group, the peer parameter is not needed. Otherwise it is
used to specify which device to invite. go_dev_addr parameter can be
used to override the GO device address for Invitation Request should
it be not known for some reason (this should not be needed in most
cases). When reinvoking a persistent group, the GO device can specify
the frequency for the group with the freq parameter.
Group Operations
(These are used on the group interface.)
wps_pin <any|address> <PIN>
Start WPS PIN method. This allows a single WPS Enrollee to connect to
the AP/GO. This is used on the GO when a P2P client joins an existing
group. The second parameter is the address of the Enrollee or a string
"any" to allow any station to use the entered PIN (which will restrict
the PIN for one-time-use). PIN is the Enrollee PIN read either from a
label or display on the P2P Client/WPS Enrollee.
Start WPS PBC method (i.e., push the button). This allows a single WPS
Enrollee to connect to the AP/GO. This is used on the GO when a P2P
client joins an existing group.
Get the passphrase for a group (only available when acting as a GO).
p2p_presence_req [<duration> <interval>] [<duration> <interval>]
Send a P2P Presence Request to the GO (this is only available when
acting as a P2P client). If no duration/interval pairs are given, the
request indicates that this client has no special needs for GO
presence. the first parameter pair gives the preferred duration and
interval values in microseconds. If the second pair is included, that
indicates which value would be acceptable.
p2p_ext_listen [<period> <interval>]
Configure Extended Listen Timing. If the parameters are omitted, this
feature is disabled. If the parameters are included, Listen State will
be entered every interval msec for at least period msec. Both values
have acceptable range of 1-65535 (with interval obviously having to be
larger than or equal to duration). If the P2P module is not idle at
the time the Extended Listen Timing timeout occurs, the Listen State
operation will be skipped.
The configured values will also be advertised to other P2P Devices. The
received values are available in the p2p_peer command output:
ext_listen_period=100 ext_listen_interval=5000
p2p_set <field> <value>
Change dynamic P2P parameters
p2p_set discoverability <0/1>
Disable/enable advertisement of client discoverability. This is
enabled by default and this parameter is mainly used to allow testing
of device discoverability.
p2p_set managed <0/1>
Disable/enable managed P2P Device operations. This is disabled by
p2p_set listen_channel <1/6/11>
Set P2P Listen channel. This is mainly meant for testing purposes and
changing the Listen channel during normal operations can result in
protocol failures.
p2p_set ssid_postfix <postfix>
Set postfix string to be added to the automatically generated P2P SSID
(DIRECT-<two random characters>). For example, postfix of "-testing"
could result in the SSID becoming DIRECT-ab-testing.
set <field> <value>
Set global configuration parameters which may also affect P2P
operations. The format on these parameters is same as is used in
wpa_supplicant.conf. Only the parameters listen here should be
changed. Modifying other parameters may result in incorrect behavior
since not all existing users of the parameters are updated.
set uuid <UUID>
Set WPS UUID (by default, this is generated based on the MAC address).
set device_name <device name>
Set WPS Device Name (also included in some P2P messages).
set manufacturer <manufacturer>
Set WPS Manufacturer.
set model_name <model name>
Set WPS Model Name.
set model_number <model number>
Set WPS Model Number.
set serial_number <serial number>
Set WPS Serial Number.
set device_type <device type>
Set WPS Device Type.
set os_version <OS version>
Set WPS OS Version.
set config_methods <config methods>
Set WPS Configuration Methods.
set sec_device_type <device type>
Add a new Secondary Device Type.
set p2p_go_intent <GO intent>
Set the default P2P GO Intent. Note: This value can be overridden in
p2p_connect command and as such, there should be no need to change the
default value here during normal operations.
set p2p_ssid_postfix <P2P SSID postfix>
Set P2P SSID postfix.
set persistent_reconnect <0/1>
Disable/enabled persistent reconnect for reinvocation of persistent
groups. If enabled, invitations to reinvoke a persistent group will be
accepted without separate authorization (e.g., user interaction).
set country <two character country code>
Set country code (this is included in some P2P messages).
p2p_peers [discovered]
List P2P Device Addresses of all the P2P peers we know. The optional
"discovered" parameter filters out the peers that we have not fully
discovered, i.e., which we have only seen in a received Probe Request
p2p_peer <P2P Device Address>
Fetch information about a known P2P peer.
Group Status
(These are used on the group interface.)
Show status information (connection state, role, use encryption
parameters, IP address, etc.).
Show information about an associated station (when acting in AP/GO role).
Lists the currently associated stations.
Configuration data
Lists the configured networks, including stored information for
persistent groups. The identifier in this list is used with
p2p_group_add and p2p_invite to indicate which persistent group is to
be reinvoked.
remove_network <network id>
Remove a network entry from configuration.
wpa_cli action script
See examples/
TODO: describe DHCP/DNS setup
TODO: cross-connection