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Quick setup, suited to the desktop interfaces of at least GNOME, MATE and Budgie

if using ayatana based appindicators:

sudo apt install python3-psutil gir1.2-ayatanaappindicator3-0.1

if using ubuntu based appindicators:
sudo apt install python3-psutil gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1


git clone
cd indicator-sysmonitor
sudo make install
cd ..
rm -rf indicator-sysmonitor
nohup indicator-sysmonitor &

Output configurations can be accessed by clicking on the Indicator-Sysmonitor applet, selecting Preferences, then Advanced and then entering text into the "Customize output:" text entry field. Some suggested output configurations are as follows:

standard setup

║{net}	║{publiccountryiso}║cpu:{cpu}/{cputemp}║m/fs:{mem}/{fs///}║

setup with Nvidia GPU

║{net}	║country:{publiccountryiso}║cpu:{cpu}/{cputemp}║gpu:{nvgpu}/{nvgputemp}║m/fs:{mem}/{fs///}║

indicator-sysmonitor image

* Use following string to use custom preview that is shown above. (Proprietary Nvidia driver needed, must be running):

CPU {cpu}  {cputemp}   |  GPU {nvgpu}  {nvgputemp}  |  MEM {mem}  |  SWAP {swap}  |  Net Speed Compact {netcomp}  |  Total Net Speed {totalnet}

Indicator-SysMonitor - v0.9.0

An Application Indicator showing cpu temperature, memory, network speed, cpu usage, public IP address and internet connection status .

Works with Unity, Xubuntu, Gnome-Shell + app-indicator extension together with any other desktop environments that support AppIndicators.

Also works with the Budgie-Desktop

Offers the possibility to run your own command and display its output.

Custom scripts

Create your own scripts (for example in bash). Give the script execute permission (chmod +x scriptname)

A script must output one line of text - e.g. using "echo" in bash

The indicator can change the icon being displayed by recognising the output of a sensor "USE_ICON:full_path_to_.svg"

Set the display order of the indicator

To force the indicator to appear on the left-side of all indicators you must use a override file as described here:

Installation - Budgie-Desktop:

On budgie-desktop based installation - manual installation

sudo apt-get install python3-psutil curl git
git clone
cd indicator-sysmonitor
sudo make installbudgie
budgie-panel --replace &

Then use Raven to add the "Panel Sys Monitor" applet

Installation - App Indicator based desktops:

On Ubuntu and derivatives - manual installation

sudo apt-get install python3-psutil curl git gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1
git clone
cd indicator-sysmonitor
sudo make install
nohup indicator-sysmonitor &

To remove:

cd indicator-sysmonitor
sudo make uninstall

To install the AppIndicator via PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/indicator-sysmonitor
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-sysmonitor

Search in the dash for "indicator-sysmonitor" to run

To install the Budgie Applet via PPA:

open budgie-welcome - Install Software - Budgie Applets


  • v0.9.0 - NetSpeed Compact and Total NetSpeed, NVidia GPU sensors
  • v0.8.3 - Rework fetch thread, README updates
  • v0.8.2 - fix budgie-desktop crash and release debian package
  • v0.8.1 - development - support budgie-desktop
  • v0.8.0 - development - new sensor - cputemp, ability to use and change icons via a custom script
  • v0.7.1 - bug fix to allow non-ubuntu kernels to be used
  • v0.7.0 - new sensors - publicip and upordown.
  • v0.6.3 - fixed the bug when display multiple CPU cores it always display the later ones as 0%
  • v0.6.2 - bug fix to stop crash for custom sensors
  • v0.6.1 - fix the debian packaging
  • v0.6 - stable release - reworked to be easier to maintain
  • v0.5 - GTK3 & Python3 based including bug-fix to display errors on using Test button together with fixing crash reports when incorrect sensor values used
  • v0.4.6 - bug fixes for battery indicator and for spurious overwrite when adding new sensor
  • v0.4.5 - removed indicator icon since not needed
  • v0.4.4 - fix dependencies and corrected shown indicator icon
  • v0.4.3 - fork from original author


Original Author: Alex Eftimie

Current fork maintainer: fossfreedom