GLXOSD – Hardware information on your Linux screen


FPS, temperatures, usage statistics, benchmarks and more! All in one tool. THE GLXOSD is the ideal tool to display your hardware information while you play on Linux, are we going to know the application?

I had already talked about him some time ago, you can see the post here, and at the time I had compared it to FRAPS, due to the features it had, but it has evolved and now it reminds me more of MSI Afterburner, without the Overclock functions, of course.

As I was testing it yesterday, there are some “cat jumps” that I want to share with you. his documentation on the official website, where you can search and answer your questions.

How to install?

As this is a technical program, I will not stop showing how to install things via the graphical interface, as is traditional in other tutorials, however, if you still want to use the interface to install packages and the like, I recommend that you read this article and this one too.

To install on any recent version of Ubuntu just use a PPA, stay tuned for 32 and 64 bit versions and whether or not you have proprietary Nvidia drivers. Just copy the appropriate command for your system and paste it into the terminal, press “enter“, Enter your password and wait for the installation.

32-bit Ubuntu

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nickguletskii200/glxosd -y && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install glxosd glxosd-libs-i386 -y

64-bit Ubuntu

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nickguletskii200/glxosd -y && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install glxosd glxosd-libs-amd64 glxosd-libs-i386:i386 -y

If you use proprietary Nvidia drivers it is recommended to install this way below, without these additional packages some games did not work correctly for me, especially those from Steam.

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:nickguletskii200/glxosd && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y glxosd glxosd-libs-libsensors-support-amd64 glxosd-libs-libsensors-support-i386 glxosd-libs-nvidia-support-amd64 glxosd-libs-nvidia-support-i386

If you want to install on Debian or SteamOS consult the official manual, you find the GLXOSD source code to compile for your system on here.

How to use?

Once installed the procedure is simple, in theory just run the command:

glxosd nome_do_programa

A good way to test if it is running properly is to use the terminal and run GLXGEARS, type in the terminal:

glxosd glxgears 

If GLXGEARS is not present you can install it through the Mesa-Utils package:

sudo apt-get install mesa-utils 

To use on Steam the procedure is a little different, you need to change the game’s startup defaults and add the following command:

glxosd --steam %command% 

With this command you can see the Steam panel inside the games normally by pressing “Shift + TAB”, if you have the Steam Overlay integration off you can remove the parameter:

glxosd %command% 

You can see examples of these settings on the official page too, there they put some prints. You can see a video I made using the tool below:

Making Benchmarks

GLXOSD has a really cool feature that is a benchmark system. There are two standard shortcut keys in the software, “Shift + F10”Enables and disables GLXOSD and“Shift + F9”Makes benchmarks.

To start a benchmak you must press the “Shift + F9”And run the game normally, play for a few minutes or so, and to end press the same shortcut keys again.

To analyze your benchmark it is necessary that you upload the generated file that is inside your folder / tmp (access through your file manager) to this page from the official website of the program, there you will have your performance graphics under various nuances. In the video above I didn’t show this part, because at the time I still didn’t know how it worked, I will probably make a new video about the tool in the future.

Finally, there are still a number of configurations that can be made in relation to GLXOSD, such as changing the font, font size and colors, learn more about it here.

To the next!