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How to get sensor readings for recent hardware?

On Windows 7 I have got Asus Probe, which came with my ASUS P5QPL-AM Motherboard Drivers DVD. It monitors disk speed, fan speed, Processor Temperature etc.

Is there such a alternative on Ubuntu 11.10 ?

  • @Uri Herra: What are CONS of using LM Sencors ? Does it have any bad effect on hardware ? Will it work on Ubuntu 11.10 Unity Desktop ? May 1, 2012 at 19:14
  • Other than sometimes confusing you as you may not know which sensor you're watching, none it's a monitoring tool nothing else. May 1, 2012 at 19:48
  • @Uri: You should have posted it as an answer. Ok neways thanks. I have answered my own question. Hope this will clear things to someone. May 1, 2012 at 20:09
  • Not really, I wouldn't say it was a full answer, It was a merely a comment. May 1, 2012 at 20:26

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There is an app indicator that shows it on the top panel:

Application Indicator showing hardware sensors.


For 11.10:

First add the repository:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:alexmurray/indicator-sensors 


sudo apt-get update  

And then install the package:

sudo apt-get install indicator-sensors

Then run indicator-sensors

For 12.04:

This command should download from launchpad and install it for you:

cd /tmp ; a=$(uname -p) ; if [[ "$a" = "x86_64" ]] ; then wget https://launchpad.net/~alexmurray/+archive/indicator-sensors/+files/indicator-sensors_0.1-1_amd64.deb ; else https://launchpad.net/~alexmurray/+archive/indicator-sensors/+files/indicator-sensors_0.1-1_i386.deb ; fi ; chmod +x /tmp/indicator-sensors_0.1-1* ; sudo dpkg -i /tmp/indicator-sensors_0.1-1*
  • @ Desgua: It says no Active sensors ! May 1, 2012 at 19:33
  • Go to preferences and select the sensors you want.
    – desgua
    May 1, 2012 at 21:10

We can simply do this by installing "Xsensors":


This application will install "lm-sensors". If the addon is not selected there, you need to select it.

After you install xsensors, you need to configure lm-sensors.

To do so, open Terminal and run:

 sudo sensors-detect

just press ENTER for everything it suggests. Lastly it will show whether to add what it finds to /etc/modules. Hit Enter again and you are done.

Now open Dash and search for xsensors.

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