I'm used to OS X and I use MenuMeters in my menu bar to monitor CPU usage as a percentage and memory as used/free totals. I really want to add this functionality in Ubuntu as I'm using it for development. I've seen that you can add graphs. Graphs mean nothing to me :). I need percentages. How can I add this functionality in Ubuntu?
The system load indicator can be configured to display numeric values. First make sure that indicator-multiload is installed:
sudo apt install indicator-multiload
Do the following steps:
- Search for System Load Indicator in dash and launch it.
- Right click on the indicator applet and choose Preferences.
- A window will pop up. Click on the Indicator Items... button on the lower middle portion of the window.
- Move the item CPU $(percent(cpu,inuse)) to the top of the list.
- Close all opened windows and notice the numerical CPU load displayed in the panel.
- Note that the entry is customizable. You can get creative and start mixing up different entries. For example, if you want to display memory usage as well, replace the entry with
CPU $(percent(cpu.inuse)) Mem $(size(mem.user)), which will result in:
The "indicator multiload" is the one you are searching for. The commands to install:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-multiload/stable-daily sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload
Read more about it at this link : webupd8
indicator-multiload is available in the official PPA as suggested by other answers.
However, if you want the latest version, install it from the PPA
Use Gnome shell system monitor extension (works with Ubuntu 18.04LTS too). Install prerequisite:
sudo apt-get install gir1.2-gtop-2.0, gir1.2-networkmanager-1.0 gir1.2-clutter-1.0 gir1.2-clutter-gst-3.0 gir1.2-gtkclutter-1.0 chrome-gnome-shell
Then visit https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/120/system-monitor/, preferably in Firefox, and install by clicking the toggle button next to the extension's name.
For more info on installation see: https://github.com/paradoxxxzero/gnome-shell-system-monitor-applet
For Xubuntu, right click on the top panel (the Ubuntu name for a menu bar) and choose Panel | Add New Items | System Load Monitor. For Unity, see What can replace system monitoring in the top Gnome Panel in Unity? for five different approaches.