Top 5 System Monitoring Apps With Gui For Ubuntu 16.04 and 14.04

Hello everyone, on this page you will find the best performance monitors on ubuntu, make sure you try at least 3 of these choices, some of you just visit the first two systems monitor without giving the rest a chance, me included lol. Before we give you the system monitoring apps on Ubuntu, lets give you some information about why Linux why it is a must to keep track of your CPU and RAM on your computer.

Why are System Monitoring Applications Important on Ubuntu?

Simply because this is one way you can prevent overheating, or track down what is wrong incase your Ubuntu Server is slow or freezes on up you. Imagine if you are running an Ubuntu VPS Hosting company and all the sudden your server starts to go slow, your clients websites crash, MySQL is non-responsinve, your clients start to send angry emails, you panic, you restart the server but notice as soon as it boots up, the issues remain!! Ah, I will stop this story there lol, my point is, get yourself a good systems monitor for your Ubuntu desktop or server, trust me.


1. Download Conky for Ubuntu

Get Conky For Ubuntu

Install Conky For Ubuntu

Conky has more than 300 built in objects, including support for: a plethora of OS stats (uname, uptime, CPU usage, mem usage, disk usage, “top” like process stats, and network monitoring, just to name a few) built in IMAP and POP3 support built in support for many popular music players (MPD, XMMS2, BMPx, Audacious) can be extended using built in Lua support, or any of your own scripts and programs (tell me more!) built in Imlib2 and Cairo bindings for arbitrary drawing with Lua (tell me more!) … and much much more. Conky can display this info either as text, or using simple progress bars and graph widgets, with different fonts and colours.

2. Download Screenlet for Ubuntu

Get Screenlets for Ubuntu

Install Screenlets for Ubuntu

The goal of the Screenlets base-classes is to simplify the creation of fully themable mini-apps that each solve basic desktop-work-related needs and generally improve the usability and eye-candy of the modern composited Linux-desktop.

Features:

  • Real applications, no HTML-“widgets”
  • Easy to use, easy to develop
  • Full compositing support
  • Works with any composited X desktop (compiz, xfce4, …)
  • Works also on non-composited desktop
  • Can be used together with compiz’ widget-plugin to create a Dashboard-like feature as seen on OS X
  • Uses Cairo and GTK2 for drawing and windowing

3. Download System Load Indicator For Ubuntu

Get System Load Indicator For Ubuntu

Install System Load Indicator on Ubuntu

Simply put, System Load Indicator is a simple applet on system tray bar capable of displaying graphs for CPU activities, memory, and swap space use usage, plus your network traffic bandwidth utilization, all providing you with a quick glance on the performance of your Ubuntu desktop or Ubuntu Server machine.

4. Download Monitorix for Ubuntu

Get Monitorix On Ubuntu

Install Monitorix On Ubuntu

Monitorix is a free, open source, lightweight system monitoring tool designed to monitor as many services and system resources as possible. It has been created to be used under production Linux/UNIX servers, but due to its simplicity and small size can be used on embedded devices as well. It consists mainly of two programs: a collector, called monitorix, which is a Perl daemon that is started automatically like any other system service, and a CGI script called monitorix.cgi. Since 3.0 version Monitorix includes its own HTTP server built in, so you aren’t forced to install a third-party web server to use it.

5. Download I-Nex For Ubuntu

Get i-nex for Ubuntu

Install i-nex on Ubuntu

I-Nex is an application that gathers information for hardware components available on your system and displays it using an user interface similar to the popular Windows tool CPU-Z. I-Nex can display information for the following components: CPU, GPU, Motherboard, Sound, Hard disks, RAM, Network and USB as well as some system info like the hostname, Linux distribution and version, Xorg, GCC, GLX versions and Linux Kernel info.

Besides being able to display hardware information, I-Nex can also generate an advanced report for which you can select what to include and optionally send the report to a service such as Pastebin (and others). It also features an option to take a screenshot of the I-Nex window directly from the application.

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  • Greg Zeng

    Thank you for informing me of a few monitors that I did not know.

    Most obviously missing are the real-time, on-screen monitors provided by Docky & KDE. Whether Compiz, Cinnamon or other Ubuntu applications of various types also provide these monitors, I am unsure.
    Older non-GUI users might use HTOP in a small window, but this is fiddly & difficult to read and to adjust.

    • Kenny-Root

      I agree with you @GregZeng, I used to use the traditional non-gui for system monitoring but over the past few years I began to notice it is better to see everything, than to read everything, if you get what I mean…

      Either way, I think ALL Linux distros should really focus more on Gui apps, the MS-Dos type apps aren’t necessary, not in 2015.