Gnome Shell Extension : Sensors


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gnome-shell-extension-sensors (previously known as gnome-shell-extension-cpu-temperature) is an extension for displaying CPU temperature, hard disk temperature, voltage and CPU fan RPM in GNOME Shell.

The extension uses sensors from lm_sensors package (lm-sensors for Debian systems) to read temperature for different CPU cores and adapters, voltage data and fan speed.

Optionally, this extension uses the UDisks2 dbus interface or hddtemp as fallback to read hard drive temperature data.

Screenshot of Gnome Shell Extension Sensors


This is the recommended method for installation, as it doesn't require the build dependencies for installation. You can install this extension by visiting the GNOME extensions page for this extension.

Installation by package manager

Fedora has packaged a very old version of this extension. You can install it by running:

yum -y install gnome-shell-extension-cpu-temperature

However this package will be retired and possibly replaced in the future according to Bug RH#983409.

Manual installation

To install this extension you need to clone the source and build the extension. The build dependenciesare:

  • gettext,
  • pkg-config,
  • git,
  • glib2,
  • glib2-devel or libglib2.0-dev,
  • zip,
  • gnome-common,
  • autoconf,
  • automake,
  • intltool.

To build the extension for gnome-shell 3.10 or newer please run the following commands:

cd ~ && git clone
cd ~/gnome-shell-extension-sensors

To build the extension for gnome-shell 3.8 or older please run the following commands:

cd ~ && git clone
cd ~/gnome-shell-extension-sensors
git checkout gnome-3.8

You can install this extension for your user by executing:

make local-install

or system wide by executing (this requires root permissions):

make install

After installation you need to restart the GNOME shell:

  • ALT+F2 to open the command prompt
  • Enter r to restart the GNOME shell

Then enable the extension: Open gnome-tweak-tool -> Shell Extensions -> Sensors -> On

Installing dependencies

Installing lm-sensors for Fedora, CentOS and other distros with yum:

yum install -y lm_sensors

Ubuntu, Debian and other distros with apt-get:

apt-get install lm-sensors

Then run sensors-detect as root as one time detection process.

Installing hdd-temp:

yum -y install hddtemp


This extensions uses the output of sensors(1) command to obtain the temperature data and sensor labeling. To relabel, hide or correct the output consult the sensors.conf(5) manual.

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