🐧 How to View Linux System Statistics with Saidar

There are many command line and graphical monitoring tools to view system statistics on Linux and Unix operating systems.

The most popular and widely used tool is top.

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There are also some good alternatives.

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Using top and top-like programs, we can get a summary of the system as well as a list of the processes or threads that the Linux kernel currently controls. Today we will see another command line utility called Saidar.

Saidar is a simple tool for viewing Linux system statistics and resource usage in real time.

It is part of the libstatgrab library that can be used to access key system statistics including CPU, process, load, memory, swap, network I / O, disk I / O, and file system information.

It is written in C and tested on GNU / Linux and various Unix-like distributions such as FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, DragonFly BSD, HP-UX, and AIX.

Installing Saidar on Linux

Saidar is available in the default repositories of popular Linux distributions.

To install Saidar on Debian, Ubuntu and derivatives, run:

$ sudo apt install saidar

Saidar is available in the EPEL repository for CentOS 7. Enable the EPEL repository using the command:

$ sudo yum install epel-release

Then install Saidar on CentOS 7 using the command:

$ sudo yum install saidar


$ sudo dnf install saidar


$ sudo zypper install saidar

Viewing Linux System Statistics with Saidar

To view the current system statistics with Saidar on Linux, simply run:

$ saidar

Output example:

Hostname  : itsecforu     Uptime : 05:58:30          Date : 2020-09-15 17:10:46

Load 1    :   0.65   CPU Idle  :  97.14%  Running   :    51   Zombie    :     0
Load 5    :   0.63   CPU System:   0.75%  Sleeping  :   222   Total     :   277
Load 15   :   0.67   CPU User  :   8.68%  Stopped   :     2   No. Users :     1

Mem Total :   7869M  Swap Total:   2047M  Mem Used  : 39.65%  Paging in :     0
Mem Used  :   3120M  Swap Used :      0B  Swap Used :  0.00%  Paging out:     0
Mem Free  :   4749M  Swap Free :   2047M  Total Used: 31.46%

Disk Name      Read         Write         Network Interface        rx        tx
loop0            0B            0B         tap-d8f1eebb39f          0B        0B
loop1            0B            0B         mpqemubr0                0B        0B
loop2            0B            0B         virbr0                   0B        0B
loop3            0B            0B         wlp9s0                  86B       57B
loop4            0B            0B         enp5s0                   0B        0B
loop5            0B            0B         mpqemubr0-dummy          0B        0B
loop6            0B            0B         lo                       0B        0B
loop7            0B            0B         virbr0-nic               0B        0B
sda              0B        28672B
sda1             0B        28672B         Mount Point            Free      Used
sr0              0B            0B         /sys                     0B         -
sdb              0B            0B         /proc                    0B         -
loop8            0B            0B         /dev                  3890M      0.00%
loop9            0B            0B         /dev/pts                 0B         -
loop10           0B            0B         /run                   785M      0.24%
loop11           0B            0B         /                    44051M     90.09%
loop12           0B            0B         /sys/kernel/securit      0B         -
loop13           0B            0B         /dev/shm              3487M     11.36%
loop14           0B            0B         /run/lock             5116K      0.08%
loop15           0B            0B         /sys/fs/cgroup        3934M      0.00%
loop16           0B            0B         /sys/fs/cgroup/unif      0B         -
loop17           0B            0B         /sys/fs/cgroup/syst      0B         -
loop18           0B            0B         /sys/fs/pstore           0B         -
loop19           0B            0B         /sys/fs/bpf              0B         -
loop20           0B            0B         /sys/fs/cgroup/pids      0B         -
loop21           0B            0BTotal    /sys/fs/cgroup/cpu,      0B         -
                                          /sys/fs/cgroup/memo      0B         -/sys/fs/cgroup/net_     0B     -/sys/fs/cgroup/perf     0B     -/sys/fs/cgroup/devi     0B

As you can see from the above output, the top line displays the following information: the hostname of the Linux system, the total uptime, and the current date and time. The second line displays CPU usage statistics, for example:

  • CPU load,
  • the total number of processes,
  • total number of running / sleeping / stopped / zombie processes,
  • and the total number of users logged in.

The third line displays information about memory usage, for example:

  • Total amount of memory,
  • how much memory is currently in use
  • and how much memory is free.
  • swap usage (shared, used and free)

All memory usage information is shown in MB.

  • disk partitions,
  • loopback devices,
  • Disk I / O speed,
  • no network cards available,
  • network input / output,
  • system mount points,
  • the total percentage of free and used disk space for each file system.

Like the top command, Saidar will continue to run and monitor system resources until you manually exit it by pressing q.

Display system statistics in color

To enable color output use -c:

$ saidar -c

Change refresh interval

By default, Saidar refreshes statistics every 3 seconds.

You can change this update delay interval with the -d flag.

$ saidar -d 5

Here I have set the refresh interval to 5 seconds.

Caydar will update statistics every 5 seconds.

You can even combine parameters to get the desired result.

$ saidar -c -d 2

As per the above example, Saidar will output the system statistics in color and update the statistics every 2 seconds.

Get Help

To display the Saidar help topic, run:

$ saidar -h


Usage: saidar [-d delay] [-c] [-v] [-h]

  -d    Sets the update time in seconds
  -c    Enables coloured output
  -v    Prints version number
  -h    Displays this help information.

Report bugs to <https://libstatgrab.org/issues>.