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bpytop might be the freaking-coolest way to monitor your Linux system

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Okay, hear me out. You want to keep an eye on your system for things like RAM use, disk space, processor load and more…but you want something a tiny bit flashy that's still simple enough to run in a terminal window? You need to try out bpytop.

It's a fully featured resource monitor with a "game inspired menu system" and it's genuinely great, I've fallen just a little bit in love with it having it open on my second monitor to keep me informed of how my system is doing. Just look at how gosh-darn awesome it looks:

Thanks to the process selection feature, you can also use it to send "SIGTERM, SIGKILL, SIGINT" to individual processes if you need to get rid of them or if they're stuck. I can see this being incredibly useful. It does practically everything you need and it looks good while doing so.

bpytop is actually a port to Python of another project named bashtop, with the creator suggesting people move on over to bpytop due to it being faster, less resource hungry, mouse support, graphs for memory consumption and more new advanced features.

Their "game inspired" menu is a nice bit of fluff too, giving you a quick and easy way to adjust various settings - very much like you actually would find in a game.

The developer appears to have plans to expand it too with GPU support for temperatures and load, options for resizing all boxes, CPU and mem stats for docker containers (if possible) and the usual optimizations.

As a bit of icing on the cake, you can theme it too.

Check bpytop out on GitHub.

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kean 15 Oct
wow, this is exactly what I needed, I used nmon but this looks more promising.
libgradev 15 Oct
Yeah I tripped across this a couple of months ago and it's my go to system monitor now


Last edited by libgradev on 15 October 2020 at 3:30 pm UTC
brokeassben 15 Oct
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Nice! I've been using Bashtop (which is great) and this looks like it includes a bunch of improvements on it. Bashtop is arguably a better/catchier name, though. It's extremely useful to use over a terminal SSH session.
syntonym 15 Oct
There is also glances, which is less flashy and has a more top-like look. It also has some more information visible per default and disk IO.
mirv 15 Oct
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I normally use htop (or just plain top), but I really like the looks of this. Definitely going into the almost daily software repertoire.
slaapliedje 15 Oct
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Quoting: brokeassbenNice! I've been using Bashtop (which is great) and this looks like it includes a bunch of improvements on it. Bashtop is arguably a better/catchier name, though. It's extremely useful to use over a terminal SSH session.
I was going to ask how this is different from bashtop, as they both look pretty.
raneon 15 Oct
This looks great :-) Seems quite useful and I like that the developers do pay attention to the details. Just the temperatures are wrong on my Ryzen 9 3900X,I didn't know it can measure the outside weather temperature ;-)

Edit: Temperature works now after restarting my system... strange.


Last edited by raneon on 15 October 2020 at 6:59 pm UTC
brokeassben 15 Oct
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Quoting: slaapliedjeI was going to ask how this is different from bashtop, as they both look pretty.
Looks like it's the same person who was developing bashtop. This is a quote from their GitHub that Liam touched on:

QuoteIt's a lot faster and about a third as cpu heavy and has more features, including:
  • Mouse support

  • Toggleable mini mode

  • More customization

  • Graphs for memory consumption

It's also a lot easier for me to bug fix and it's the project I'm actively working on, so please try to migrate to bpytop.
liberodark 15 Oct
same as bashtop :(
That's maybe the best ever written python application.
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