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Console Bandwidth Monitors: nload & bwm-ng

Friday, December 15th, 2006

I was wondering what nifty utilities were available for monitoring my bandwidth from the console. After a few minutes of googling I found my answer. There were two options that I found right away, bwm-ng and nload. Both programs have similar features so it really came down to look. Since I was slightly happier with nload, I installed it on all of my full-time Linux machines, this included Fedora 6, Ubuntu Edgy and a Debian Sarge server. Don’t take my word for it though, if you have a hankerin’ to monitor your bandwidth, check them both out.

The screen-cap below is shows nload and a few other programs running. The first row is the local machine (FC6), the second row is (from left to right) a Debian Sarge server and an Ubuntu Edgy desktop. The third row shows an available console and an scp command transferring a file from the Fedora box to the Debian box.

Bandwidth Monitor

Installing on Ubuntu:

Be sure that you have the Universe repo enabled (click here for help)

sudo apt-get install nload bwm-ng

Installing on Fedora:

Installing an nload package on Fedora requires adding another repo to your yum configuration. The steps are below.

1: First create the dries.repo file as root. If you aren’t a Gnome user, you can substitute gedit with kwrite or kate below.

su -c 'gedit /etc/yum.repos.d/dries.repo'

Paste the four lines below into the editor, save and exit:

name=Extra Fedora rpms dries - $releasever - $basearch

2: Download the GPG key, install it and then remove the local copy (once it’s imported, you don’t need the key file any longer)


su -c 'rpm --import RPM-GPG-KEY.dries.txt'

rm RPM-GPG-KEY.dries.txt

Done, now you can install the programs via yum. The Dries repo isn’t enabled by default (I only leave official yum repos enabled on my machine). The command below will enable the repo for this install only. If you want to enable dries full-time, edit the dries.repo file and change enabled=0 to enabled=1.

su -c 'yum --enablerepo=dries install nload bwm-ng'