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saidar is a curses-based application to display system statistics. Statistics include CPU, processes, load, memory,swap, network I/O and disks I/O along with their free space.

saidar utilizes libstatgrab library. libstatgrab is a library that provides cross platform access to statistics about the system on which it's run. It's written in C and presents a selection of useful interfaces which can be used to access key system statistics. The current list of statistics includes CPU usage, memory utilisation, disk usage, process counts, network traffic, disk I/O, and more.

The current list of platforms is Solaris 2.x, Linux 2.2/2.4/2.6, FreeBSD 4.x/5.x, NetBSD 1.6.x, OpenBSD 3.x, DragonFly BSD 1.0, HP-UX, and Cygwin. The aim is to extend this to include as many operating systems as possible.

Install Saidar in ubuntu

sudo apt-get install saidar

Install Saidar in Debian

#apt-get install saidar

This will complete the installation

saidar syntax

saidar [-d delay] [-v] [-h]

If you want to use this application you can just type the following command


Now you should see the following screen which includes system statistics include CPU, processes, load, memory, swap,
network I/O and disks I/O along with their free space.

If you want to know more information and available options check saidar man page

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  5 Responses to “Monitor your Debian/Ubuntu System with saidar”

  1. Nice. I had never seen this tool before. While “top” is great for finding particularly pesky processes and has a few features for overall system monitoring, this one looks like a much better tool for overall system monitoring, especially I/O, which is often the bottleneck.


  2. Great tool. thx. By the way I’ve found a typo. Please check the link to man page 😉
    Greetings from Russia!

  3. thank you i have updated the man page link

  4. You can also produce colour output by using the “-c” switch; for example in the following command syntax:

    sairdar -c -d 1

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