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Although there are solid GUI tools like hardinfo and sysinfo that provide a cornucopia of hardware, software and even networking information about your Linux system, nothing beats inxi for those who live, breathe and die on the command line.

The beauty of inxi is that it provides its output in an easy to read format.

How to Install Inxi

Unfortunately inxi does not come installed by default on any of the distros (Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Red Hat and Kali) I’ve explored.

But installing inxi is not a hard task.

It takes no more than a couple of minutes to get it running on your Linux system.

* Ubuntu/Debian users should run the below command to install inxi on their systems (inxi script may come pre-installed on Linux Mint):

# sudo apt-get install inxi

* CentOS/Fedora users must run the following command:

# sudo yum install inxi

inxi – Various Commands

Now let’s take a dekko at some of the key inxi commands.

Single Line
$ inxi -c 6
CPU~Quad core Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q9400 (-MCP-) clocked at 2659.881 Mhz Kernel~3.13.0-24-generic i686 
Up~2 days Mem~1350.7/3875.8MB HDD~2000.4GB(8.4% used) Procs~198 Client~Shell inxi~1.8.4

You get the essentials of your Linux system including processor, harddisk, memory etc on a single line (on your terminal, the info should be in a single line but I’ve split up the output above for lack of space).

Display Basic Information
$ inxi -b
System:    Host: Sasha Kernel: 3.13.0-24-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca
Machine:   System: Dell product: OptiPlex 780
           Mobo: Dell model: 03NVJ6 version: A02 Bios: Dell version: A14 date: 08/21/2012
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q9400 (-MCP-) clocked at 2659.881 MHz 
Graphics:  Card: Intel 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller 
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1600x900@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Q45/Q43 x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.1.0
Network:   Card: Intel 82567LM-3 Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e 
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2000.4GB (8.4% used)
Info:      Processes: 199 Uptime: 3 days Memory: 1408.6/3875.8MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4
Display Audio Card Info
$ inxi -A
Audio:     Card: Intel 82801JD/DO (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-24-generic
Show Graphics Card Info

Check out the below command for details on graphics card in your Linux system.

$ inxi -G
Graphics:  Card: Intel 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller 
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1600x900@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Q45/Q43 x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.1.0
Show CPU Info
$ inxi -C
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q9400 (-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx) 
           Clock Speeds: 1: 2659.881 MHz 2: 2659.881 MHz 3: 2659.881 MHz 4: 2659.881 MHz
Information on Drives

The below inxi command provides details on both hard drives and optical drives.

$ inxi -d
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2000.4GB (8.4% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: SAMSUNG_ST2000LM003 size: 2000.4GB 
           Optical: /dev/sr0 model: N/A dev-links: cdrom
           Features: speed: 8x multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram
Display Machine Information

The following command should give you information on system name, model, motherboard, bios

$ inxi -M
Machine:   System: Dell product: OptiPlex 780
           Mobo: Dell model: 03NVJ6 version: A02 Bios: Dell version: A14 date: 08/21/2012
Display WAN IP Address
$ inxi -i
Network:   Card: Intel 82567LM-3 Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e 
           IF: eth1 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 84:2b:2b:ba:ec:21
           WAN IP: 213.238.170.107 IF: eth1 ip: 10.0.1.5
Show Partition Information
$ inxi -p
Partition: ID: / size: 1.8T used: 158G (10%) fs: ext4 ID: /boot size: 236M used: 44M (20%) fs: ext2 
           ID: swap-1 size: 4.12GB used: 0.02GB (1%) fs: swap
Display Full Information

Of all the inxi commands, inxi -F provides the maximum data covering all aspects of the computer.

$ inxi -F
System:    Host: Sasha Kernel: 3.13.0-24-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca
Machine:   System: Dell product: OptiPlex 780
Mobo: Dell model: 03NVJ6 version: A02 Bios: Dell version: A14 date: 08/21/2012
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q9400 (-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx)
Clock Speeds: 1: 2659.881 MHz 2: 2659.881 MHz 3: 2659.881 MHz 4: 2659.881 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1600x900@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Q45/Q43 x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.1.0
Audio:     Card: Intel 82801JD/DO (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-24-generic
Network:   Card: Intel 82567LM-3 Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
IF: eth1 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 84:2b:2b:ba:ec:21
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2000.4GB (8.4% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: Samsung_ST2000LM003 size: 2000.4GB
Partition: ID: / size: 1.8T used: 158G (10%) fs: ext4 ID: /boot size: 236M used: 44M (20%) fs: ext2
ID: swap-1 size: 4.12GB used: 0.02GB (1%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 30.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 194 Uptime: 2 days Memory: 1113.1/3875.8MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4

Go ahead, take inxi for a spin on your Linux system.

You’ll be surprised at how much information you can gather on your system via the inxi command.

Don’t forget to check the man pages for inxi by running:

$ man inxi

on the command line to get a list of the various inxi options.

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