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I'd like to set the CPU frequency scaling governor for all cores at once instead of doing it individually for each core. Is there a way to do this?

(I know it would be easy to echo the governor to /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/cpufreq/scaling_governor, but I'm not looking for a custom solution.)

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With "custom solution" you mean that a shell script is unacceptable, it needs to be a built-in GUI button? –  j-g-faustus Jan 6 '11 at 16:09
I'm just wondering if there already exists a solution in a standard installation (doesn't need to have a GUI). –  htorque Jan 6 '11 at 16:20
Check this page: idebian.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/cpu-frequency-scaling-in-linux under "debian implementation": It is apparently possible to change the boot default, and there is a userspace tool called powernowd. (This is a comment rather than reply because the post is from 2008, and I haven't tested if it still works...) –  j-g-faustus Jan 6 '11 at 22:47

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I'm still a linux noob but don't you think cpufrequtils lets u do it by using (its not bundled in the Ubuntu OS but is there in the repository)

sudo apt-get install cpufrequtils
cpufreq-set -r -g performance #-r for related (all) the cores
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@htorque What prevents you from installing the cpufrequtils package? –  Marco Mar 6 '12 at 15:42
The -r related option doesn't do it for all the cores. We have to specify the cpu number with option -c <number> however this script will do it for all cpus in one go: for ((i=0;i<$(nproc);i++)); do cpufreq-set -c $i -r -g performance; done –  Sri Sep 11 '14 at 9:50
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I googled a lot and I think it's just not possible, so I added the following one-liner to my .bashrc:

function setgov ()
    echo "$1" | sudo tee /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/cpufreq/scaling_governor 

Now I can run something like setgov ondemand and all cores will switch to the ondemand governor.

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This doesn't work as the file scaling_governor is owned by root and has restricted permissions. Changing the permissions is not always recommended. –  Sri Sep 11 '14 at 9:16
Please see alternative script in my comment to user49449's answer. –  Sri Sep 11 '14 at 9:53

Check out Jupiter:


It's a power mgmt daemon that runs in the background and will govern your cores on-demand.


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jupiter has been discontinued. –  Volker Siegel Jul 9 '14 at 0:25

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