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A cross-platform curses-based monitoring tool

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Glances - An eye on your system

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)
  • psutil >= 0.4.1 (recommended version >= 0.6)
  • jinja (optional for HTML output)
  • pysensors (optional for HW monitoring support) [Linux-only]
  • hddtemp (optional for HDD temperature monitoring support)
  • batinfo (optional for battery monitoring support) [Linux-only]
  • setuptools


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

pip install Glances

Note: On Debian/Ubuntu, you need to install first the python-dev package.


Actually, packages exist for Arch Linux, Fedora / CentOS / RHEL, Debian (Sid/Testing) and Ubuntu (13.04+), so you should be able to install it using your favorite package manager.


To install the precompiled binary package:

# pkg_add -r 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 brew-pip
$ export PYTHONPATH=$(brew --prefix)/lib/python2.7/site-packages
$ brew pip Glances

If you get the following error:

Error: Failed executing: pip install glances==X.X --install-option=--prefix=/usr/local/XXX/glances/X.X (.rb:)

Try to run:

$ pip install glances==X.X --install-option=--prefix=/usr/local/XXX/glances/X.X
$ brew link Glances
$ sudo port install glances


Windows only support Glances in server mode. Glances will automatically run in server mode on it.

Thanks to Nicolas Bourges, Glances can be easily installed using a Windows installer:

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: On Debian/Ubuntu, you need to install first the python-dev package.


You can install Glances using Puppet:


Just run:

$ glances


For complete documentation see glances-doc.


Nicolas Hennion (@nicolargo) <>


LGPL. See COPYING for more details.

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