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A cross-platform curses-based monitoring tool

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Glances is a cross-platform curses-based monitoring tool written in Python.

It uses the psutil library to get information from your system.


  • python >= 2.6 (tested with version 2.6, 2.7, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4)
  • psutil >= 0.5.1 (recommended version >= 2.0.0)
  • setuptools

Optional dependencies:

  • jinja2 (for HTML output)
  • pysensors (for HW monitoring support) [Linux-only]
  • hddtemp (for HDD temperature monitoring support)
  • batinfo (for battery monitoring support) [Linux-only]


PyPI: The simple way

Glances is on PyPI. To install, simply use pip:

pip install Glances

Note: Python headers are required to install psutil. For example, on Debian/Ubuntu you need to install first the python-dev package.

To upgrade Glances to the latest version:

pip install --upgrade Glances


At the moment, packages exist for the following distributions:

  • Arch Linux
  • Debian (Testing/Sid)
  • Fedora/CentOS/RHEL
  • Gentoo
  • Slackware
  • Ubuntu (13.04+)
  • Void Linux

So you should be able to install it using your favorite package manager.


To install the binary package:

# pkg_add -r py27-glances

Using pkgng:

# pkg install py27-glances

To install Glances from ports:

# cd /usr/ports/sysutils/py-glances/
# make install clean


OS X users can also install Glances using Homebrew or MacPorts.

$ brew install python
$ pip install Glances
$ sudo port install glances


Glances proposes a Windows client based on the colorconsole Python library. Glances version < 1.7.2 only works in server mode.

Thanks to Nicolas Bourges, a Windows installer is available:

Otherwise, you have to follow these steps:


To install Glances from source:

$ curl -L -o glances-X.X.tar.gz
$ tar -zxvf glances-*.tar.gz
$ cd glances-*
# python install

Note: Python headers are required to install psutil. For example, on Debian/Ubuntu you need to install first the python-dev package.


You can install Glances using Puppet:


Just run:

$ glances

and RTFM, always.


For complete documentation see glances-doc.


Nicolas Hennion (@nicolargo) <>


LGPL. See COPYING for more details.

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