Ubuntu – How to use lm-sensors


I wanted to install a package to monitor the temperature of my CPU called lm-sensorsInstall lm-sensors.

According to Synaptic, it's already installed.

Can someone give me some simple step-by-step instructions on how I can actually run it from the command line or otherwise?

Best Answer

Once lm-sensors is installed you need to reach for your terminal:


sudo sensors-detect

just press ENTER for everything it suggests (shown in Uppercase)

At the end it will ask you whether to add what it finds to /etc/modules. If you are happy with the findings type "yes".

More information about lm-sensors and how to tailor it for your system can be found on the lm-sensors installation wiki page



will display the values for the sensors detected previously.


Adapter: Virtual device
temp1:       +55.0°C  (crit = +90.0°C)