I would like to check my laptop's sensor (e.g. simple device orientation sensor, gyrometer, hinge, etc). I came across the sensor diagnostic tool for Windows 10 but I don't know if it has any equivalents for Ubuntu and I couldn't seem to find any.

Any recommendations?


Quick google search, the lm-sensors package should fit your purpose. (Note I'll be summarizing this article).

Open a terminal window.

sudo apt-get install lm-sensors

Let the process finish, then


And answer yes to the corresponding yes or no questions. After this is finished you have a choice to either insert the sensors into /etc/modules automatically (yes) or to manually do it later (no.)

Next, load the necessary modules with

sudo service kmod start

You will need a monitoring program, further down the article's page there are a few listed, psensor being the first listed. Install (your choice)...

sudo apt-get install psensor

And launch the executable (or run the application from the terminal window). You should now be able to monitor your sensors.

For the tablet sensor (From another AU post):

sudo apt install iio-sensor-proxy inotify-tools

NB: You might have to put your computer to sleep and wake it up for the sensor to work. After that, it keeps working.

Also see this github repo

  • i tried lm-sensors but I couldn't seem to find the specific sensor i was looking for (i was trying to check for the tablet mode sensor). i tried checking psensor as well but it only seems to show me details for the temperature sensor and not other sensors (like gyrometer, as i mentioned). do i need to install any add-ons to see this? – xjm Sep 2 '19 at 2:49
  • @xjm Updated post, see bottom – David Sep 2 '19 at 5:54
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    it seems that it is a bit lacking as compared to the sensor diagnostic tool, but this has most of the functionalities that i was looking for. thanks! – xjm Sep 2 '19 at 7:05

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