How to Install a System Load Indicator on Ubuntu 13.04

Anytime that I install an operating system on to my computer that I will be actively using I want to be able to see what the stats are in real time. I want to be able to see how much of load my CPU is under along with other things. This tutorial will show you how to install a system load indicator on Ubuntu 13.04.

The best system load monitor I have seen so far in not in the Ubuntu repositories by default. This being said you will have to add it to the repositories before installing it. The first step is to open the Terminal from the Dash Launcher and enter the following command as shown below.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-multiload/stable-daily

You will be asked to enter your user password and then hit Enter. Remember that the password will not show up when you are typing it for safety reasons.


You will then be asked to hit the Enter key again confirming that you want to add a new repository as shown below.


Once that has been successfully completed your screen should look similar to the one shown below.


You will then need to update your repositories so that Ubuntu knows that it can install the new system load indicator. This can be done by entering the following command.

sudo apt-get update


Once the repositories have been updated you are ready to install the system load indicator. To do this enter the following command.

sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload


Once the installation is complete you will be able to find the System Load Indicator in the Dash Launcher as shown below.


The Indicator will open up in the menu bar at the top. You will then be able to right-click and select “Preferences to change any settings.


When you open the Preferences menu, you will see many options such as color and size to change as shown below.


Customize the indicator just the way you want it.


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