I am looking for an application to display in real-time the memory usage of my NVIDIA graphics card. Ideally I would like to have something similar to the little applet graph you can get through the System Monitor applet in GNOME.

Anybody knows if such application exists?


I haven't seen an applet but you can run the following in the terminal window:


Perhaps this will help you search for the exact thing you're looking for.

I did find this http://www.matrix44.net/blog/?p=876 but not sure what desktop you are using

If you are using gnome 3 then you might want to hack this https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/82/cpu-temperature-indicator/ to use nvidia-smi information instead (see comments at the bottom of that page - people discussing nvidia-smi)

  • Thanks mate, the script available in your first link did the trick. I had to hack it a but though. Cheers!
    – Dan
    Jun 21 '12 at 14:09
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    No worries ... I'm currently trying to hack together a gnome 3 extension to intergate this tightly. I'll post a link if I manage to get it working
    – Moog
    Jun 21 '12 at 15:41

nvidia-settings show the used memory as well


If nvidia-smi and/or nvidia-settings are terminal commands which give the information you need, perhaps take the next step and write a script which calls those commands and gives you the output you want as text.

Then install indicator-sysmonitor from here and add your script to indicator-sysmonitor as one of the sensors (and ditch the other sensors).

  • I have since added background script functionality to askubuntu.com/a/786708/67335 which would allow you to call 'nvidia-smi' and display the parsed/sanitised result in the panel. Nov 6 at 0:58

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