How To: Quickly Find System Information On Linux


Yes,  yes, I know most of users out there may already know this piece of software, and many distros have it, or a replacement for it.  But, even so, it is important to recognize sysinfo as a useful tool for those looking for some quick info of their system.  One of the number 1 things asked of users in a forum is, what kernel version are you on?  Right above in this first screenshot, you can see it right under the entry “Kernel.”

You will also find other categories, slated for RAM, storage, and so on  Is it as detailed as most upper level users would want?  No.  But it is a useful tool for the average user not willing to dig around the CLI with commends like dmesg.  In most Ubuntu based distros you can check a few things with the included system monitor, but as it infers, it really is for another purpose.

Installing sysinfo:

 sudo apt-get install sysinfo

Terminal (CLI) commands:

Useful commands to find this information via the Terminal are as follows:

  • lshw – my personal favorite (run as root)
  • lspci – device info
  • df – disk usage
  • lsblk/blkid – disk details

But I want more!

For those looking for even more detailed information.  Two other nifty GUI programs are hardinfo and the GTK version of lshw, lshw-gtk.  Each one of these has its own strengths, but both are quite handy and capable system info tools.  Check them out below:



Installing hardinfo:

 sudo apt-get install hardinfo

The other nice program is the GUI version of lshw. Upon running the program the first time you may have hit “refresh” to probe lshw for information.  That said, I found the program to lack the polish and accuracy of hardinfo.  Also by comparison, it’s CLI brother is far better and more complete with its information.


Installing lshw-gtk:

 sudo apt-get install lshw-gtk

That’s it! The choice is up to you, but hopefully one of these tools will get you the information you seek without diving too heavily into multiple CLI commands, which often you must parse with the grep command to even get specifically what you want. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.



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