System resource monitoring with bpytop


Although similar functions have been offered by tools like Top, htop, or Glances [4] for quite some time, having another arrow in your quiver can certainly be an advantage. Bpytop works smoothly on current Linux systems and makes a flawless impression both in a virtual terminal and via SSH. The developer shows great commitment and responds quickly to bug reports and suggestions for improvement. You can also quickly contact the developer on social media, such as Reddit [5].


For bpytop to be able to display the temperatures of the individual CPU cores, as well as the processor load, you need lm-sensors. The package reads the temperature sensors of numerous CPUs and mainboards. To do so, install lm-sensors on the system (on Debian-based distributions type sudo apt install lm-sensors) and then start sensor detection by typing sudo sensors-detect. You can usually press Enter to accept the defaults. At the end, the script identifies the kernel modules needed for the system and offers to add them to /etc/modules or /etc/conf.d/lm_sensors (depending on the distribution) so that the system loads them automatically at boot time. After a reboot, the sensors command will show you the CPU and motherboard temperatures, and bpytop will now also provide the temperatures.

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