Clone the hostapd from official git repository

git clone git://
cd hostapd/hostapd

Create .config file

cp defconfig .config

Uncomment the following macros in .config file


Compile the hostapd


If any dependency error occured and hostapd compilation terminated, apt-file package would be useful to find out dependency packages.

sudo apt install apt-file
apt-file update

For example: If the following error displayed,

fatal error: netlink/genl/genl.h: No such file or directory

Then find the dependency using the following command.

apt-file search /netlink/genl/genl.h

This will display the dependency package to be installed like below:

libnl-3-dev: /usr/include/libnl3/netlink/genl/genl.h

Now install the package:

sudo apt install libnl-3-dev

Following packages might also be needed to compile hostapd:

sudo apt install libssl-dev
sudo apt install libnl-genl-3-dev

Releasing wifi interface from network-manager

For hostapd to run successfully, first we need to release wifi interface (ex: wlp4s0 or wifi0) from network-manager.

sudo nmcli radio wifi off
sudo rfkill unblock wlan

Change interface name if required

On newer Ubuntu based systems the wifi interface name is something like wlp4s0 or wlp6s0. Replace interface=wlan0 with interface=<your_wifi_interface> in hostapd.conf file.

Run hostapd

sudo ./hostapd -dd ./hostapd.conf