How to Check Hardware Info in Ubuntu

If you are using a computer then chances are that you will find yourself wanting to know the system hardware details once in a while. There may be several reasons for this like to know the current configuration, to get hardware ids, etc. No matter what the reason is, here are a couple of tools which can be used to check hardware info in Ubuntu.

Note: though I’m specifically showing this in Ubuntu, the tools work in most Linux distributions. The commands may differ, though.

Check Hardware Info on Ubuntu

1. HardInfo Tool

HardInfo is one of the best tools available for Linux to check the hardware info. It gives you a very detailed information for each and every device on your system. To install HardInfo, search for “Terminal” in the Dash and open it. Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + Alt + T” to open the terminal.


Once the terminal has been opened, copy and execute the below code. You will be prompted for the admin password, just type it in and press the enter key on your keyboard.

sudo apt-get install hardinfo


Once you are done installing the software, search for it in the Dash and open it.


As you can see, the HardInfo Tool gives you a boatload of information about all the hardware on your system. Just like “System Information” tool in Windows.


2. Sysinfo Tool

If you are looking for a more lightweight and minimal hardware info tool then you can use the Sysinfo Tool. To start off, we need to download and install the tool.

To do that, open the terminal, copy and execute the below command. Again, you will be prompted for the admin password, just type it in and press the enter button.

sudo apt-get install sysinfo


After installing Sysinfo, search for it in the Dash and open it.


As you can see from the below image, the Sysinfo tool only shows the most required hardware info and is pretty minimal, both in user interface and information.


That’s all there is to do and it is that simple to check hardware info in Ubuntu.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above tools or your favorite software or commands to check for hardware info in Ubuntu.