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Best Free and Open Source NVIDIA GPU Monitoring Tools

nvidia-smi (also known as NVSMI) provides monitoring and management capabilities for each of NVIDIA’s Tesla, Quadro and GRID devices from Fermi and higher architecture families. Very limited information is also provided for GeForce devices. It’s based on top of the NVIDIA Management Library (NVML), which helps users manage and monitor NVIDIA GPU devices.

NVSMI is a cross platform tool that supports all standard NVIDIA driver-supported Linux distros.

The command line utility tool is installed with the NVIDIA drivers and is probably the monitoring tool that most users are familiar with. We can perform live monitoring using watch and nvidia-smi together e.g.

$ watch -n0.1 nvidia-smi

nvidia-smi is quite basic. This article explores other useful NVIDIA GPU monitoring tools.

Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart. All the software is free and open source.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source NVIDIA GPU monitoring tools

Let’s explore the tools at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the program in action, together with links to relevant resources.

NVIDIA GPU Monitoring Tools
nvitopBills itself as “the one-stop solution for GPU process management”
gpustatQuery and monitor GPU status
NVTOP(h)top like task monitor for AMD, Intel and NVIDIA GPUs
nvidia-htopEnriches the output of nvidia-smi
GreenWithEnvySystem tool providing information, control fans and overclock NVIDIA cards
NVDashboardJupyterLab extension for displaying dashboards of GPU usage
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