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Is there a benchmarker (a tool to measure computer performance) for Ubuntu (like SuperPI, 3DMark, or PCMark)?

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There look to be a number of them listed in the Ubuntu Software Center (search "benchmark"), although the only one I've tried is System Profiler and Benchmark. It gives a lot of computer information and I've found it very useful, but you might want to try out a number of them.

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The most complete benchmarking software is probably Phoronix test suite, which is available in the repositories and can be installed with:

sudo apt-get install phoronix-test-suite

When running phoronix-test-suite for the first time in terminal, you can either answer yes or no to the questions regarding anonymous statistical reporting. If you answer yes, it says that

This information is pooled along with the submissions from all other users to show general trends and other details on

It is up to you whether you choose yes or no, but there is nothing to be concerned with. You can still later upload results manually to openbenchmarking if you wish with the options in the program:

phoronix-test-suite upload-result <your test-result>

For more information about Phoronix test suite see this pdf and the official forum.

To list all the tests available (but not necessarily downloaded), run:

phoronix-test-suite list-tests

which gives tests such as these and many others:

pts/aio-stress               - AIO-Stress                          Disk     
pts/apache                   - Apache Benchmark                    System   
pts/apitrace                 - APITrace                            Graphics 
pts/battery-power-usage      - Battery Power Usage                 System   
pts/blogbench                - BlogBench                           Disk    

To find information on any particular test, you can use:

phoronix-test-suite info povray

Many of the tests are not installed by default and you can either download an individual test and run it with, for example:

phoronix-test-suite install povray
phoronix-test-suite run povray

To find the lists of thematic test suites, run

phoronix-test-suite list-suites 

which returns such things as

pts/audio-encoding               - Audio Encoding                   System
pts/chess                        - Chess Test Suite                 Processor
pts/compilation                  - Timed Code Compilation           Processor
pts/compiler                     - Compiler                         Processor
pts/compression                  - Timed File Compression           Processor

As an example, you might want to run the entire suite of audio tests (instead of just one from those listed with the list-tests command), so, in this circumstance, enter

phoronix-test-suite run audio-encoding

For this test, some more of the related audio tests are downloaded and installed by the program and then the test is run.

There are a huge amount of tests to install and options to experiment with, but this test suite is definitely the one to use if you want to get some genuine benchmarks from your Ubuntu system that you can compare online at openbenchmarking and

It is not a quick, simple benchmarking application, but one that, with its multiple tests, will satisfy most areas of interest in regard to how things perform on Ubuntu.

However, benchmarking is a topic much debated and the forums are best suited for analysing which tests give the most useful results and how the tests should be setup; the one mentioned above, povray, is quite well known and regarded for benchmarking the abilities of a CPU.

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Has anyone actually independently audited the validity of the tests in this test suite? Some of the results reported on Phoronix are from poorly configured tests from what I've seen. – Colin Ian King Oct 20 '12 at 20:13
@ColinIanKing See my edit regarding the debate on benchmarking. – user76204 Oct 21 '12 at 12:38
It looked promising, when I launched the first test (povray) and he started to install apparently all necessary packages. But then povray installation failed because of missing autoconf, leaving povray installation to some unrecoverable broken stage (I mean, it would not work even after installing autoconf). I restarted from a backup, installed autoconf, and dropped in the same situation because of missing libtiff-dev. So I gave up. – Antonio Mar 11 at 8:41

Install hardinfo which gives benchmark information as shown below screen-shot:

sudo apt-get install hardinfo

enter image description here

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Another option is sysbench. It is a command line tool with built in tests for CPU, memory, file, threading and database. There is an article about it here. Install is a single package, and running tests is quick.

Likely the quality of results is lower than more sophisticated tests, but I found it useful for a quick sanity check when evaluating potential VPS hosting.

Based on the popular answer by user76204, I did try Phoronix test suite. As the author says, it is not quick or simple. There are 100s of tests available and it's not obvious which to use. Some require 100s of MB of downloads, some take an hour or more to run, some may not run on your server. On Ubuntu, I hit a bug described here.

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