How to Install and use Glances – System Monitor In Ubuntu

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There are various default system monitor tools in Ubuntu that come with basic functions. However, there is recommended powerful free monitoring called Glances – An eye on your system. Glances is the monitoring tools that used to monitor GNU/Linux or BSD operating system from a command line interface and it uses the library libstatgrab to retrieve information and it is written in Python. The steps on this post was tested on Ubuntu 14.04 linux.

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1. How to install glances on Ubuntu :

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install glances -y

2. To start glances simply type glances from command line :

[email protected]:~$ glances


There are a lot of information retrieved about the resources of your system such as CPU, Load, Memory, Swap Network, Disk I/O and Processes all in one page, by default the color code means:

GREEN : the statistic is “OK”
BLUE : the statistic is “CAREFUL” (to watch)
VIOLET : the statistic is “WARNING” (alert)
RED : the statistic is “CRITICAL” (critical)

3. By default, interval time is set to ’1‘ second. You can change the interval by issue the following command :

[email protected]:~$ glances -t 2

4. Once in the glaces monitoring screen, press h to find out more hot keys to gather output information while glances is running.

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