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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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Liam Dawe 15 Oct
Quoting: liberodarksame as bashtop :(
Do people just not bother reading the article any more or what?
BielFPs 15 Oct
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: liberodarksame as bashtop :(
Do people just not bother reading the article any more or what?

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aristorias 15 Oct
These fancy terminal applications eat up an non insignificant amount of CPU resources and don't do much more than ugly ones besides looking pretty.
Maybe it's time to invent a new way to draw in terminals...
minidou 15 Oct
Now it just needs to be rewritten in rust.
KohlyKohl 15 Oct
I prefer the original, bashtop, since it doesn't use Python...
mirv 15 Oct
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Quoting: aristoriasThese fancy terminal applications eat up an non insignificant amount of CPU resources and don't do much more than ugly ones besides looking pretty.
Maybe it's time to invent a new way to draw in terminals...

While process monitors themselves do take up cpu cycles, in this case it was the usage of a rather slow interpreted language that can possibly do a lot under the hood (forking off processes, executing sub-shells, all that kind of stuff).

As for not doing much more - well, that's debatable. Showing something in a nicer format isn't just eye candy, it's about displaying relevant information to the user very quickly. Compare this to top. For myself, the defaults are better even than htop, depending on exactly what I want to look at.

And the rendering isn't an issue. The update speeds of this program are inconsequential for just swapping some text around - unless the terminal emulator you're using is very bad at such things (in which case I can suggest something like sakura, or terminology).
wvstolzing 15 Oct
Quoting: aristoriasThese fancy terminal applications eat up an non insignificant amount of CPU resources and don't do much more than ugly ones besides looking pretty.
Maybe it's time to invent a new way to draw in terminals...

Yeah fancy 'tui'-style applications have been a constant source of frustration for me. Not only do they tend to be sluggish, but they get broken in all sorts of ways under tmux.

I'm not convinced either that a desktop user needs to have all that information *continuously* updated on the screen, by the way. There are numerous specialized -top applications that one can run to diagnose something when the need arises. I used to have fully decked-out stats plugins on my system toolbar at all times, but then I realized that I meaningful use of just one (netstats).
mirv 15 Oct
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Quoting: KohlyKohlI prefer the original, bashtop, since it doesn't use Python...

...unless use_psutil is true, which looks to be the default case for bashtop.
tomaszg 15 Oct
Maybe finally I'll be able to get rid of Gkrellm. Although Doom plugin for it is still one of the coolest things :)
Seegras 15 Oct
Don't try this in rxvt.

It looks horrible.
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