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Conky the light-weight system monitor for X

Jan/31/2019 4 min read by Marco Monteiro

Conky can display more than 300 built-in objects, including support for:

  • > A plethora of OS stats (uname, uptime, CPU usage, mem usage, disk usage, "top" like process stats, and network monitoring, just to name a few).
  • > Built-in IMAP and POP3 support.
  • > Built-in support for many popular music players (MPD, XMMS2, Audacious).
  • > Can be extended using built-in Lua support, or any of your own scripts and programs (more).
  • > Built-in Imlib2 and Cairo bindings for arbitrary drawing with Lua (more).
  • > Runs on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, Haiku OS, and macOS!

... and much much more.

Conky can display information either as text, or using simple progress bars and graph widgets, with different fonts and colours.

Having said this lets install the thing and get it going.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install conky-all    

You might want to install sensorr, curl and hddtemp.

$ sudo apt-get install conky curl lm-sensors hddtemp    

Create a config file.

$ touch ~/.conky

All that is left is to just shove your config file in there. Here's mine!

conky.config = {
    update_interval = 1,
    cpu_avg_samples = 2,
    net_avg_samples = 2,
    out_to_console = false,
    override_utf8_locale = true,
    double_buffer = true,
    no_buffers = true,
    text_buffer_size = 32768,
    imlib_cache_size = 0,
    own_window = true,
    own_window_type = 'normal',
    own_window_argb_visual = true,
    own_window_argb_value = 50,
    own_window_hints = 'undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager',
    border_inner_margin = 5,
    border_outer_margin = 0,
    xinerama_head = 1,
    alignment = 'bottom_right',
    gap_x = -1920,
    gap_y = 0,
    draw_shades = false,
    draw_outline = false,
    draw_borders = false,
    draw_graph_borders = false,
    use_xft = true,
    font = 'Ubuntu Mono:size=12',
    xftalpha = 0.8,
    uppercase = false,
    default_color = 'white',
    own_window_colour = '#000000',
    minimum_width = 300, minimum_height = 1035,
    alignment = 'top_right',

};
conky.text = [[
${time %H:%M:%S}${alignr}${time %d-%m-%y}
${voffset -16}${font sans-serif:bold:size=18}${alignc}${time %H:%M}${font}
${voffset 4}${alignc}${time %A %B %d, %Y}
${font}${voffset -4}
${font sans-serif:bold:size=10}SYSTEM ${hr 2}
${font sans-serif:normal:size=8}$sysname $kernel $alignr $machine
Host:$alignr$nodename
Uptime:$alignr$uptime
File System: $alignr${fs_type}
Processes: $alignr ${execi 1000 ps aux | wc -l}

${font sans-serif:bold:size=10}CPU ${hr 2}
${font sans-serif:normal:size=8}${execi 1000 grep model /proc/cpuinfo | cut -d : -f2 | tail -1 | sed 's/\s//'}
${font sans-serif:normal:size=8}${cpugraph cpu1}
CPU: ${cpu cpu1}% ${cpubar cpu1}

${font sans-serif:bold:size=10}MEMORY ${hr 2}
${font sans-serif:normal:size=8}RAM $alignc $mem / $memmax $alignr $memperc%
$membar
SWAP $alignc ${swap} / ${swapmax} $alignr ${swapperc}%
${swapbar}

${font sans-serif:bold:size=10}DISK USAGE ${hr 2}
${font sans-serif:normal:size=8}/ $alignc ${fs_used /} / ${fs_size /} $alignr ${fs_used_perc /}%
${fs_bar /}

${font Ubuntu:bold:size=10}NETWORK ${hr 2}
${font sans-serif:normal:size=8}Local IPs:${alignr}External IP:
${execi 1000 ip a | grep inet | grep -vw lo | grep -v inet6 | cut -d \/ -f1 | sed 's/[^0-9\.]*//g'}  ${alignr}${execi 1000  wget -q -O- http://ipecho.net/plain; echo}
${font sans-serif:normal:size=8}Down: ${downspeed enp0s3}  ${alignr}Up: ${upspeed enp0s3}
${color lightgray}${downspeedgraph enp0s3 80,130 } ${alignr}${upspeedgraph enp0s3 80,130 }$color
${font sans-serif:bold:size=10}TOP PROCESSES ${hr 2}
${font sans-serif:normal:size=8}Name $alignr PID   CPU%   MEM%${font sans-serif:normal:size=8}
${top name 1} $alignr ${top pid 1} ${top cpu 1}% ${top mem 1}%
${top name 2} $alignr ${top pid 2} ${top cpu 2}% ${top mem 2}%
${top name 3} $alignr ${top pid 3} ${top cpu 3}% ${top mem 3}%
${top name 4} $alignr ${top pid 4} ${top cpu 4}% ${top mem 4}%
${top name 5} $alignr ${top pid 5} ${top cpu 5}% ${top mem 5}%
${top name 6} $alignr ${top pid 6} ${top cpu 6}% ${top mem 6}%
${top name 7} $alignr ${top pid 7} ${top cpu 7}% ${top mem 7}%
${top name 8} $alignr ${top pid 8} ${top cpu 8}% ${top mem 8}%
${top name 9} $alignr ${top pid 9} ${top cpu 9}% ${top mem 9}%
${top name 10} $alignr ${top pid 10} ${top cpu 10}% ${top mem 10}%
]];

Here's how that looks.

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