I would like to find a good quality Linux program to monitor the hardware sensors of a computer. I would like the most of this features, if possible:

  • Both command-line and GUI, or at least command-line.
  • Remote managing (via network).
  • Logging results to file.

I have tested sensors from lm-sensors Debian package:

Adapter: PCI adapter
power1:      124.92 W  (crit = 124.92 W)

Adapter: PCI adapter
temp1:         +6.8°C  (high = +70.0°C)
                       (crit = +90.0°C, hyst = +87.0°C)

Adapter: PCI adapter
temp1:        +37.0°C  

Adapter: PCI adapter
temp1:        +33.0°C  

Adapter: PCI adapter
temp1:        +37.0°C  

but AIDA64 (for Windows only) outperforms it:

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Isn't there anything so valuable for Linux?

  • I use sensors. On a side note, I wonder if the sensors lose their calibration and that they are not re-calibrated. How much of an error would I have?
    – dearN
    Mar 20, 2014 at 14:32

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Let me repeat a recommendation I already placed twice: Monitorix. It can be used as

But it also monitors "local resources" such as CPU, disks, and – sensors:

Complete LM-Sensors and GPU temperatures Disk drive temperatures and health
Monitorix: Complete LM-Sensors and GPU temperatures / Disk drive temperatures and health (source: Monitorix; click to enlarge)

Monitorix makes use of a lot of back-ends, such as the already mentioned lm-sensors Debian package. It also supports HP ProLiant System Health, NVIDIA temperatures and usage, plus several more. I'm using it for quite a while now, and found the software that convincing I volunteered to maintain the Debian packages for it (← disclosure). Monitorix saved my day more than once, as its "raw overview" makes it pretty easy to track down problems and to see where to have a closer look at. In your case: find the graph with the highest peak to see which component is "overheating", for example.

Monitorix is a web-based tool, so you won't have that "interactive view" from the AIDA64 screenshot in your question. But AIDA64 might miss the graphs.

To your requested features:

  • Both command-line and GUI, or at least command-line: Monitorix is a Perl program, which can be managed via command-line (start/stop, editing its plain-text config, etc.)
  • Remote managing (via network): sure, simply get a command-line via the network (e.g. via SSH)
  • Logging results to file: kind of. Monitorix uses RRDtool for logging, so you'll have RRD files (Round-Robin-Database). But it also offers to send alerts, and more – so this might be "abused" to plug in some other logging, when needed.

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