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Is there a GUI tool for managing systemd on Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver)?

I want to be able so see the status of services and/or units (and/or whatever else systemd calls them).

Ideally, I could also filter so as to only display running services. Also filter to only display enabled services.

Apparently, Ubuntu 16.04 had systemd-ui, which I never used.

This article from 2011 mentions some other tools that existed long ago on various Linux distributions.

If there is not a GUI tool, is there a curses tool?

I want to be able to quickly review a list of running and enabled services, and in as few key presses as possible, stop and disable the services/units that I don't want.

Thanks!

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned chkservice yet. A curses tool for enabling,disabling, and starting/stopping systemd units. It's even in the usual apt repo, so you can just sudo apt install chkservice.

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I wrote a Lua + whiptail script that can display, stop, and disable Systemd units. The script is here:

https://github.com/mpbcode/systemctl-ui

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  • That's useful, but not really a GUI. – mYnDstrEAm Nov 7 '20 at 12:17
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I'm not aware of one. It doesn't get much faster than than the CLI commands though:

systemctl status
systemctl stop some-service
systemctl disable some-service 
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    systemctl --type service --state running gives a proper list of services which are currently running. – Videonauth May 2 '18 at 21:07
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    Not everyone has the memory or the knowlege to use the command line. A GUI guides a user towards the thing they are looking to do. The command line you have to do from memory. A Command Line is great for power users but not a good alternative for beginners. – Kat Amsterdam Apr 14 at 15:18
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If you are using amd64 system, you can download the packages systemd-ui_3-4_amd64.deb and systemd-gui_3-4_all.deb from Xenial Repository and manually install with apt:

sudo apt install ./systemd-ui_3-4_amd64.deb
sudo apt install ./systemd-gui_3-4_all.deb

I did this and worked like a charm.

systemadm

Bibliography:

https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/systemd-ui https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/systemd-gui_3-4_all.deb https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/systemd-ui_3-4_amd64.deb

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There is also Webmin: sudo apt install webmin. Open a browser, fill address bar with https://localhost:10000. In the sidebar go to System > Bootup and Shutdown.

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These five...

  • KDE: SystemdGenie (= Kcmsystemd for KDE 5)
  • GTK: Systemd System Manager - Last Update 2015
  • GTK: Systemd Manager - Website down
  • Web: Cockpit

...are listed here:

So, if you use KDE, there may be two for you.

A screenshot of SystemdGenie:

SystemdGenie

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Not a GUI, but a web-ui solution.

Introducing Cockpit, a web-based server manager.

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