In 7 Linux commands to gather information about your system, I showed different command line applications you can use to get information about your system. These commands are a great way to obtain specific system information, such as CPU or RAM details. They are particularly useful if you want to process that information with other commands.
Maybe you're looking for a tool that provides a comprehensive view of the main system components graphically. If so, CPU-X is a fantastic option. CPU-X is an open source utility that collects system information about your CPU, motherboard, RAM, and GPU and displays it in a graphical interface.
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In this article, I'll demonstrate some of CPU-X's main features.
If you're running Fedora, you can install CPU-X straight from the official repository using
$ sudo dnf -y install cpu-x
A few other distributions, as well as FreeBSD, provide packages for CPU-X. If your distribution does not support it, you can run it as an AppImage or build it from source.
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View system information
Once it's installed, run CPU-X by typing the command
cpu-x in your terminal or clicking the icon on your application menu. By default, CPU-X runs as an unprivileged user displaying CPU information.
Switch tabs to see information about other components, such as system information:
Or GPU information:
You can select the other tabs to obtain information about cache speed or for benchmarking.
Enable additional data with daemon mode
Running CPU-X as a regular user allows you to see most of the information available—but not all. To gather the missing information, CPU-X requires root access to parts of the system.
To accomplish this while running the interface as a regular user, CPU-X provides a daemon mode. When you start CPU-X in daemon mode, it runs a small component as the root user, which then passes information back to the user interface (UI) running as a regular user. To start daemon mode, launch CPU-X from the command line with the parameter
--daemon or click on the button Start daemon on the interface. In both cases, you must type your password to run the daemon as root:
$ cpu-x --daemon
With the daemon running, a new tab, Memory, appears to show information about physical memory banks:
Depending on your hardware, information missing on other tabs may also be available now. Because it depends on the hardware, results may vary.
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For those who like the terminal, CPU-X provides an interactive terminal interface based on the ncurses library. To use it, start CPU-X from the command line with the parameter
$ cpu-x --ncurses
You can see the same information from the graphical UI on your terminal. Navigate across tabs using your keyboard's arrow or Tab key. Press h for help with additional keybindings and q to quit the interface.
Instead of an interactive interface, you can also dump the information to your terminal by starting CPU-X with the parameter
$ cpu-x --dump >>>>>>>>>> CPU <<<<<<<<<< ***** Processor ***** Vendor: AMD Code Name: Ryzen 7 (Cezanne) Package: FP6 (BGA-1140) Technology: 7 nm Voltage: Specification: AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U with Radeon Graphics Family: 0xF Disp. Family: 0x19 Model: 0x0 Disp. Model: 0x50 Temp.: Stepping: 0 Instructions: MMX(+), SSE(1, 2, 3, 3S, 4.1, 4.2, 4A), AVX(1, 2), FMA(3), AES, CLMUL, RdRand, SHA, AMD-V, x86-64
This is a good alternative if you want to quickly get a piece of information or process the results with other tools, such as
CPU-X is a great way to gather and display system information. It's comprehensive and flexible, allowing you to see data on a graphical or text interface.
For more options or to customize the appearance or keybindings for ncurses mode, look at the help by running
cpu-x --help. You can also consult the project's wiki page.