If you’ve ever wanted detailed system information about your Linux PC regarding the CPU, GPU, RAM, disk usage, and network statistics, you’ve turned to programs like Glances. Glances is an excellent application and great for monitoring system info, but it’s also terminal-based, which isn’t always the best for Linux desktop users. For a more user-friendly monitoring experience on Linux, you need StatusPilatus.
StatusPilatus isn’t available through the Ubuntu Software Center, or any included software sources for mainstream Linux distributions, so installation isn’t straightforward. So, before getting into how the app works, and what you can do with it, we must go over the installation process.
To start the installation process, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line instructions below to get StatusPilatus working on your Linux OS of choice.
Note: some features in StatusPilatus may not work correctly for you, as the program is under development.
StatusPilatus is installable on both Ubuntu Linux and Debian Linux thanks to the developer providing a downloadable DEB package on the project’s GitHub release page. To get your hands on this DEB file, use the wget downloading command below.
Once the StatusPilatus file is done downloading to your Ubuntu or Debian PC, the installation process can begin. Using the dpkg command, load up the StatusPilatus file.
sudo dpkg -i StatusPilatus_0.5.0_amd64.deb
Following the installation of the StatusPilatus package file, you may notice some errors appearing in the terminal prompt. These errors are most likely dependency issues. To correct these issues, follow our guide for Ubuntu or Debian.
Fedora and OpenSUSE Linux users can install StatusPilatus no problem thanks to the downloadable RPM package file on the GitHub release page. To get the latest version of this RPM file, use the wget downloading command below.
With the RPM package file is done downloading, follow the command-line instructions for Fedora Linux or OpenSUSE down below to get the package file up and running.
To install the StatusPilatus RPM package file on Fedora Linux, you must make use of the Dnf package management tool. Using dnf install, load up the RPM file.
sudo dnf install StatusPilatus-0.5.0.x86_64.rpm
Installing RPM package files on OpenSUSE means interacting with the Zypper package management tool. To start the installation process, use the zypper install command below.
sudo zypper install StatusPilatus-0.5.0.x86_64.rpm
StatusPilatus has an AppImage release on their GitHub. This version is perfect if you use Arch Linux or another Linux distribution that doesn’t have an official StatusPilatus package file to download. To get the latest AppImage file use the wget download command below.
After the StatusPilatus AppImage file is done downloading to your Linux computer, use the mkdir command to create a new folder with the label of “AppImages.” This folder will be used to house the StatusPilatus AppImage, so it isn’t accidentally deleted at a later date.
mkdir -p ~/AppImages/
With the “AppImages” folder created, use the mv command to place the StatusPilatus file in it.
mv StatusPilatus.0.5.0.AppImage ~/AppImages/
Update the permissions of the AppImage file using the chmod command.
sudo chmod +x StatusPilatus.0.5.0.AppImage
Run StatusPilatus with:
Alternatively, click on “AppImages,” and double-click the AppImage file (or right-click and select execute).
Detailed Linux system info
With the program installed, StatusPilatus can we can use StatusPilatus to view various system metrics on Linux. Open up the StatusPilatus application. Once open, follow along to learn how to use it to get detailed Linux system information.
Need to check out what your CPU is up to? Locate the “CPU” button on the left-hand side of StatusPilatus. Once there, you’ll see a detailed graph of your CPU usage. This section will also show you CPU Temperature (though it doesn’t always work,) and the detailed information about the CPU itself (such as Brand, Cores/Threads, etc.)
The GPU section of StatusPilatus isn’t as complete as most sections of the app, but this lack of GPU info is expected, as graphics cards on Linux are almost entirely locked down.
The GPU, despite lacking, still provides some helpful information though! If you click the “GPU” section, you’ll see detailed info all about your graphics card vendor, model number, and more!
Trying to find out how much RAM your Linux PC is using? Locate the “Memory” section in the menu on the left and click it. Inside of “Memory” is a graph that shows, in real-time exactly how much RAM the computer is using.
Curious about how much space you have left on your Linux PC? Find “Storage” on the left and click it to go to information about different devices. Additionally, the “Storage” area has a graph that can outline disk usage in MBs per second.
StatusPilatus can give information about the Linux operating system you use, from the kernel version, to the release number, to the different programs you’ve installed, and much more! To access detailed information about your OS with the app, click “OS” in the side-bar.
StatusPilatus has an excellent network information section complete with real-time upload/download graphs, a ping tester, and more! To access network statistics, view your internal IPv4/IPv6 address, or to test how fast/slow your ping is, click the “Network” section of StatusPilatus.
Are you using a laptop computer and looking to find out detailed battery statistics? Locate the “battery” section, and you’ll see info pertaining to your laptop computer’s battery.