1. No sensors or only cpu usage is displayed

Psensor is relying on few libraries or softwares for retrieving the information about the computer:

  • motherboard and CPUs sensors: the information is retrieved from the lm-sensors library, it requires that ‘sensors-detect’ has been run and the kernel module correctly installed. ‘sensors’ can be used for checking.

  • GPUs: it depends on which driver you are using:

    • Opensource drivers (nouveau for Nvidia GPUs or radeon/ati for ATI GPUs) is used and support sensor monitoring for your GPU, the information is using lm-sensors, same steps than above.

    • proprietary driver Nvidia: run ‘nvidia-settings’ to check that it supports sensors monitoring.

    • proprietary driver Catalyst/fglx: use ‘aticonfig’ to check that it supports sensors monitoring. Important note: it requires that you are using a Psensor binary compiled with the ATI support.

  • HDDs: it uses the hddtemp daemon. Verifies that it is correctly reporting temperature by using the ‘sudo hddtemp /dev/sd?’ command. If hddtemp does not support your disk, you may want to try using the libatasmart support instead (option –use-libatasmart option).

If the underlying software is reporting sensors which are not displayed by Psensor, it is probably a bug in Psensor, so please report it. Otherwise, the issue is on the underlying software itself and you should contact the corresponding development team or refer to its documentation.

2. How to monitor an ATI card using the Catalyst driver?

For monitoring ATI card using the proprietary Catalyst driver, Psensor must be compiled with a proprietary library which is not packaged in any Linux distribution.

Unfortunely, due to the license of this library, I cannot provide a compiled version of Psensor, even in a Ubuntu PPA or Ubuntu/Debian standard repositories. You have to compile Psensor sensor. You can find the instructions in the section “ATI/AMD GPU Support” of the README file available in the Psensor source archives.

If you are using the ATI OpenSource driver, it is not needed to compile Psensor with this proprietary library.

3. The reported temperature is obviously wrong

If the reported temperature is obviously wrong (never change, lower than the ambiant temperature, negative, higher than the sun temperature, etc):

  • most of the time it is not a bug in Psensor nor in the underlying monitoring libraries:

    • if the temperature does not change, it might be due to an existent sensor not wired by the hardware manufacturer.

    • the goal of the sensor is to allow the system to detect critical temperature and NOT to report an exact temperature. Most sensors report a relative temperature. The more it differs from the critical temperature , the more it is wrong.

  • It is only a bug in Psensor if the underlying libraries report a different information than Psensor (use the appropriate command or software: ‘sensors’, ‘aticonfig’ or ‘hddtemp’ to check). In this case, please report a bug.

4. What is the sensors XXXX?

Since Psensor v0.7.0.4, open the preferences of the sensor (click on its name in the main window and select the menu item Preferences), and look at the Chip field.

For older Psensor releases, look at the Id field, if the string is starting with:

  • ‘lmsensor coretemp’: Intel CPU.

  • ‘lmsensor k10temp’,'lmsensor k8temp’,'lmsensor fam15h_power’: AMD CPU.

  • ‘nvidia’ or ‘lmsensor nouveau’: NVIDIA GPU.

  • ‘hdd’: hard disk drive.

  • ‘amd’: AMD GPU.

  • ‘lmsensor C B’: C is the name of the chip, B the name of the adapter.

For more information about lmsensor devices, see http://lm-sensors.org/wiki/Devices.

5. How to report a bug?

Please use https://bugs.launchpad.net/psensor/+filebug to report bugs even if it can only reproduced with a non-Ubuntu distribution or a release not available in the standard Ubuntu repositories.

You can also use https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/psensor/+filebug if the bug can be reproduced with a package from the standard Ubuntu repositories.

If you don’t want to use the launchpad, you can send the report by email to:

If the bug is concerning Debian or Ubuntu derivatives distribution, please add in its description the output of the command ‘apt-cache policy psensor’.

If it is related to the Psensor source compilation, please add the full output of the ‘configure’ command.

6. How to send ideas, questions or comments?

Check the FAQ or the TODO pages.

If you don’t find the information, you can send an email to the public mailing-list psensor-users@googlegroups.com (require registration at: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups&hl=en#!forum/psensor-users) or send an email directly to me: jeanfi@gmail.com.

7. How to contribute?

8. How to install Psensor on Ubuntu?

Psensor is in the official repository, search “psensor” in the software center and install it. More information at: http://wpitchoune.net/blog/psensor/ubuntu-integration/.

9. How to install Psensor on Debian?

Psensor will be in the official repository since Debian 7.0. You can get the last packaged version from the sid repository. More information at: http://packages.qa.debian.org/p/psensor.html.

10. What is the difference between the 3 Ubuntu PPAs?

  • ppa:jfi/ppa: last stable version.

  • ppa:jfi/psensor-unstable: last development version, no major bug is expected.

  • ppa:jfi/psensor-daily-trunk: build each day directly from the SVN source repository. It may contain major bugs or incomplete features. Useful for contributors or testing whether a bug is fixed.

11. How to install Psensor on ArchLinux?

12. How to install Psensor on my Linux distribution?

Psensor packages are available in the standard repositories of Ubuntu (since Oneiric) and Debian (since v7) distributions.

For other distributions, you will find the compilation and installation instructions in the section ‘Installation from source archive’ in the README file of the source archive. Psensor should compile in any modern distribution.

13. How to log sensors temperatures?

The best way is probably to use sensord or a custom script based on the output of the different commands like sensors.

Anyway, as I received several requests about such feature, since the release it is implemented in both psensor ( menu preferences > sensors > enable log of measures) and psensor-server (–sensor-log-file option).

14. No graphs are displayed, but the table of the main window is displaying sensors

In the sensors table of the main window, switch on the checkbox of the last column (named "Enabled" or "Graph" depending on the Psensor version).

15. Is there any other similar softwares?

Here is a list of few well-known sensors monitoring softwares: