Measuring CPU temperatures in ubuntu

James Gray james at
Sun Feb 3 14:00:25 UTC 2008

On 04/02/2008, at 12:52 AM, Aaron wrote:

> Hi there all,
> Please can someone instruct me on how to measure the CPU temps in  
> ubuntu
> Thanks in advance !
> Aaron

You need the magic of "lm-sensors":

sudo apt-get install lm-sensors

Then try:

sudo sensors-detect

Follow the instructions, and if you're one of the lucky ones with a  
supported chipset, typing "sensors" should show you all the magic  
numbers with temperatures, fan speeds and other things (assuming your  
motherboard has the supported sensors).

After that, you can start installing any number of GUI-based tools for  
displaying your sensor output in real time; gkrellm comes to mind, and  
if you're a KDE fan there's a number of panel applets and  
(super)karamba themes that will pull the sensor info too.

Usual disclaimers apply :)

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