Ubuntu application indicator – indicator-sysmonitor v0.5 release

Today, I’m pleased to announce a new version of indicator-sysmonitor.

edit – obvious typo in the headline version number 🙂

For the uninitiated…

Sysmonitor Indicator is an Ubuntu AppIndicator that can display the CPU, memory, swap, filesystem and network usage as values on the panel.

Furthermore, the AppIndicator comes with a very interesting feature: it can display the output of your own custom commands / bash scripts on the panel.

webupd8 reported about the older version back in May – the wonderful aka Andrew gave a great write-up and I’ve tested this new version with the examples he gave.

This one I particularly liked – a custom script to show if your internet connection is up or down – a happy or sad face:

Click the link above how to use etc.


This release has been updated to both GTK3 & Python3 – which in non-tech speak means that it uses the latest stable underpinnings rather than the old deprecated stuff that no-one maintains anymore.

I’ve taken the opportunity to further iron-out the more rough edges of the indicator since I took on the challenge when porting the original Ubuntu 12.10 version.


  • Test button now displays error messages when incorrect sensor syntax is used
    – Various english typos corrected
    – fix various crash reports when incorrect sensor syntax is used

This release is for 14.04 and 14.10 users.

As always I’m always interested in any developers contributing to the project – fork and push on my GitHub project page.

Similar bug-reports via the issues section on the project page – not via comments here please.


Installation on Ubuntu and derivatives – manual installation

sudo apt-get install python3-psutil git
git clone https://github.com/fossfreedom/indicator-sysmonitor.git
cd indicator-sysmonitor
sudo make install
nohup indicator-sysmonitor &

To remove:

cd indicator-sysmonitor
sudo make clean

To install via PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/indicator-sysmonitor
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-sysmonitor

Search in the dash for “indicator-sysmonitor” to run


2 thoughts on “Ubuntu application indicator – indicator-sysmonitor v0.5 release

    • interesting – I’ve only ever tested with Unity. Other derivatives I have not tested with. Drop by the github project, create an issue and if possible (if you are a developer yourself), fork and provide a fix. Would love to support LXDE users.

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