System Monitoring for Linux



Conky is a light-weight system monitor that allows a user to quickly view their system status. The best part of using conky is the fact that you can see so much information and only sacrifice about 0.5MB (my current configuration). Using conky, you can monitor items such as CPU usage, memory usage, network activity, CPU/GPU/HDD temperatures and much more. Although when you run conky it shows up in its own window by default, the settings can easily be changed to allow the conky output to be written directly to your desktop wallpaper (click image below to see a screen capture).

Conky Desktop Screenshot

To install conky in Ubuntu, open a terminal and type:

$ sudo apt-get install conky

$ zcat /usr/share/doc/conky/examples/conkyrc.sample.gz > ~/.conkyrc

Now just type “conky” (without the quotes) in the terminal to run the app. To customize your conky output, edit the file “.conkyrc” which can be found in your Home directory. For documentation of all available commands visit:

If you run into trouble visit the FAQ or search the Ubuntu forums (or post a comment).

*Note: It’s a bit tricky getting Conky and Beryl to play nicely, view the comments section to see my .conkyrc file along with workarounds.

One Response to “System Monitoring for Linux”

  1. Once you get your conky output the way you want, you will most likely want it to load whenever you startup. You could just add it as a startup program but if you have Beryl installed it will be hidden once Beryl loads.

    To workaround this create a bash script that sets a delay before conky is loaded by doing the following:

    In the terminal type:

    $ gedit

    Paste the following code into the text editor window:

    sleep 15 && conky;

    Save and close the file. Now type the following in the terminal to make the bash script executable:

    $ chmod a+x

    Once this process is complete you can add the “” file to your startup programs by going System>>Preferences>>Sessions and adding a new startup process which points to the bash file.

    To view my .conkyrc file go to

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