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Is there a command (Via terminal) to see the temperature of any video card.

Already Tried sensors with the sensors-detect applied. Does not detect for example, Nvidia and ATI video card temperatures.

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Yes, there is a command.

Detecting sensors

First of all, you have to search for sensors:

sudo sensors-detect

Since lucid lynx, you have to type:

sudo service module-init-tools start

If you're running another Ubuntu version type:

sudo /etc/init.d/module-init-tools start

To save the detection results.

Displaying sensor data

Now, to show the temperatures, type:


Now you should see something like that:

My sensors result

I don't have many sensors, btw :)

Displaying temperature of NVIDIA GPU

If you are using a NVIDIA GPU type:

sudo apt-get install nvclock

After installing it, type nvclock -T to display the temperature.

You can also type nvidia-settings -q gpucoretemp.

I hope this helped you,

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Thank you Daniel but sensors does not detect the video temp for cases like ati and nvidia. i should have put it in the question but forgot. +1 for complete example. – Luis Alvarado Apr 11 '11 at 11:42
@CYREX After some researches I found out that it also shows GPU temp if you install libsensors3 BEFORE detecting sensors. Try: sudo apt-get install libsensors3 and then follow my steps again. – omnidan Apr 11 '11 at 13:10
Nope no luck either. Only shows the CPU temp. – Luis Alvarado Apr 11 '11 at 13:27
Some programs made by nvidia/ati display the GPU temp. – omnidan Apr 11 '11 at 13:35
Excellent. Thank you. – Luis Alvarado Apr 11 '11 at 14:15

An alternative for nvidia cards is to use nvidia-smi: the "NVIDIA System Management Interface program".

user@box:~$ nvidia-smi -q -d temperature
GPU 0:
            Product Name            : GeForce 210
            PCI ID                  : a6510de
            Temperature             : 39 C

Or to output just the numeric value in Celsius:

user@box:~$ nvidia-smi --query-gpu=temperature.gpu --format=csv,noheader
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optirun nvidia-smi -q -d temperature – Dawid Drozd Jun 17 at 18:25

The already mentioned command for nvidia (on my OpenElec installation):


also gave additional information:

| NVIDIA-SMI 3.295.71   Driver Version: 295.71         |                       
| Nb.  Name                     | Bus Id        Disp.  | Volatile ECC SB / DB |
| Fan   Temp   Power Usage /Cap | Memory Usage         | GPU Util. Compute M. |
| 0.  GeForce GT 520            | 0000:01:00.0  N/A    |       N/A        N/A |
|  N/A   52 C  N/A   N/A /  N/A |  17%  169MB / 1023MB |  N/A      Default    |
| Compute processes:                                               GPU Memory |
|  GPU  PID     Process name                                       Usage      |
|  0.           Not Supported                                                 |
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For nvidia there is an nvidia-settings package, which includes a gui to see the temperature. I don't recall if there is a text-mode tool in there.

Some Intel graphics adapters report their temperature through acpi and you can read it through the sensors command from the package of the same name.

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If you want to watch the temperature in your terminal for monitoring, you can use watch with the commands that were given in the other answers (e.g. @drgrog's). For instance, to refresh the temperature every 5 seconds:

watch -n 5 nvidia-smi --query-gpu=temperature.gpu --format=csv,noheader
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I have recently found a cool extension for Gnome 3. So if you are using it - you can install this and see the temperature in the tray:

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This indicator also includes GPU temp (as well as CPU and HDD temps.)

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After installing nvclock, just running:


On a terminal worked well on GeForce 210 card on top of Ubuntu 14lts. You get a very nice GUI and can check the celsius temperature at GPU 0 > Thermal Settings.

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