How would you suggest to create a hotspot from a root terminal?

I would need to create

  • hidden hotspot
  • hotspot without password

I am looking for an equivalent of create_ap for android. Here is the full help section to get an insight of what I would need:

Usage: create_ap [options] <wifi-interface> [<interface-with-internet>] [<access-point-name> [<passphrase>]]

  -h, --help              Show this help
  --version               Print version number
  -c <channel>            Channel number (default: 1)
  -w <WPA version>        Use 1 for WPA, use 2 for WPA2, use 1+2 for both (default: 1+2)
  -n                      Disable Internet sharing (if you use this, don't pass
                          the <interface-with-internet> argument)
  -m <method>             Method for Internet sharing.
                          Use: 'nat' for NAT (default)
                               'bridge' for bridging
                               'none' for no Internet sharing (equivalent to -n)
  --psk                   Use 64 hex digits pre-shared-key instead of passphrase
  --hidden                Make the Access Point hidden (do not broadcast the SSID)
  --mac-filter            Enable MAC address filtering
  --mac-filter-accept     Location of MAC address filter list (defaults to /etc/hostapd/hostapd.accept)
  --redirect-to-localhost If -n is set, redirect every web request to localhost (useful for public information networks)
  --hostapd-debug <level> With level between 1 and 2, passes arguments -d or -dd to hostapd for debugging.
  --isolate-clients       Disable communication between clients
  --ieee80211n            Enable IEEE 802.11n (HT)
  --ieee80211ac           Enable IEEE 802.11ac (VHT)
  --ht_capab <HT>         HT capabilities (default: [HT40+])
  --vht_capab <VHT>       VHT capabilities
  --country <code>        Set two-letter country code for regularity (example: US)
  --freq-band <GHz>       Set frequency band. Valid inputs: 2.4, 5 (default: 2.4)
  --driver                Choose your WiFi adapter driver (default: nl80211)
  --no-virt               Do not create virtual interface
  --no-haveged            Do not run 'haveged' automatically when needed
  --fix-unmanaged         If NetworkManager shows your interface as unmanaged after you
                          close create_ap, then use this option to switch your interface
                          back to managed
  --mac <MAC>             Set MAC address
  --dhcp-dns <IP1[,IP2]>  Set DNS returned by DHCP
  --daemon                Run create_ap in the background
  --stop <id>             Send stop command to an already running create_ap. For an <id>
                          you can put the PID of create_ap or the WiFi interface. You can
                          get them with --list-running
  --list-running          Show the create_ap processes that are already running
  --list-clients <id>     List the clients connected to create_ap instance associated with <id>.
                          For an <id> you can put the PID of create_ap or the WiFi interface.
                          If virtual WiFi interface was created, then use that one.
                          You can get them with --list-running
  --mkconfig <conf_file>  Store configs in conf_file
  --config <conf_file>    Load configs from conf_file

Non-Bridging Options:
  --no-dns                Disable dnsmasq DNS server
  -g <gateway>            IPv4 Gateway for the Access Point (default:
  -d                      DNS server will take into account /etc/hosts

Useful informations:
  * If you're not using the --no-virt option, then you can create an AP with the same
    interface you are getting your Internet connection.
  * You can pass your SSID and password through pipe or through arguments (see examples).
  * On bridge method if the <interface-with-internet> is not a bridge interface, then
    a bridge interface is created automatically.

  create_ap wlan0 eth0 MyAccessPoint MyPassPhrase
  echo -e 'MyAccessPoint\nMyPassPhrase' | create_ap wlan0 eth0
  create_ap wlan0 eth0 MyAccessPoint
  echo 'MyAccessPoint' | create_ap wlan0 eth0
  create_ap wlan0 wlan0 MyAccessPoint MyPassPhrase
  create_ap -n wlan0 MyAccessPoint MyPassPhrase
  create_ap -m bridge wlan0 eth0 MyAccessPoint MyPassPhrase
  create_ap -m bridge wlan0 br0 MyAccessPoint MyPassPhrase
  create_ap --driver rtl871xdrv wlan0 eth0 MyAccessPoint MyPassPhrase
  create_ap --daemon wlan0 eth0 MyAccessPoint MyPassPhrase
  create_ap --stop wlan0

2 Answers 2


This is done with hostapd located in /system/bin/hostapd in principle.

You may generate a hotspot through the interface and get the command with

ps | grep hostapd

My answer to How to use Android device as router without cellular connection? includes a shell script that does exactly what you want using hostapd/wpa_supplicant and dnsmasq, the only extra thing to be done is internet sharing:

# allow IP forwarding
echo 1 >/proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

# allow forwrding through firewall
iptables -I FORWARD -i $AP_INTERFACE -s ${IP}/24 -j ACCEPT
iptables -I FORWARD -i $WIFI_INTERFACE -d ${SUBNET}.0/24 -j ACCEPT

# source NAT
iptables -t nat -I POSTROUTING -s ${SUBNET}.0/24 ! -o $AP_INTERFACE -j MASQUERADE

When turning off do the inverse.


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