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System Monitor

GNOME System Monitor is a GNOME process viewer and system monitor with an attractive, easy-to-use interface, It has features, such as a tree view for process dependencies, icons for processes, the ability to hide processes that you don't want to see, graphical time histories of CPU/memory/swap usage, the ability to kill/renice processes needing root access, as well as the standard features that you might expect from a process viewer.


This project is licensed under the GNU General Public License v2.0. Learn more


The steps described below show how to compile and install Gnome-System-Monitor from its source.

Install required dependencies

To build the application, the following dependencies are required:

apt-get (Debian/Ubuntu/derivatives - deb-based package management)

Use the following command to install dependencies: sudo apt-get install meson gettext appstream-util itstool libglibmm-2.4-dev libgtkmm-3.0-dev libgtop2-dev librsvg2-dev libxml2-dev

dnf (Fedora/Centos/etc - rpm-based package management)

Use the following command to install dependencies: sudo dnf install meson gettext appstream itstool glibmm24-devel gtkmm30-devel libgtop2-devel librsvg2-devel libxml2-devel

Optional dependencies:

  • polkit - recommended
  • gksu2
  • libgnomesu
  • libselinux
  • lsb_release in PATH - recommended on linux
  • libsystemd-dev
  • libwnck

Building and installing

Before following the steps below, clone the repository and change to its working directory.

Configure and create the build directory with Meson.

meson build

Where build is just a directory name, and is up to your chosing.

Build the application - this compiles the source.

ninja -C build

Install the application on your system - required to run Gnome-System-Monitor.

ninja -C build install


Use the following command to clean up the build directory and remove old build files.

ninja -C build -t clean

Remove the build directory to rebuild from scratch.

rm -rf build


Please file System-Monitor bugs at: