System Administration

Essential System Tools: Neofetch – System Information Tool written in Bash

Last Updated on May 28, 2022

This is the eleventh in our series of articles highlighting essential system tools. These are small, indispensable utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users of Linux based systems. The series examines both graphical and text based open source utilities. For this article, we’ll look at Neofetch. For details of all tools in this series, please check the table at the bottom of the article.

Neofetch is a command-line interface system information script written in bash 3.2+. The script displays information about your system next to an image, your operating system logo, or any ASCII/image file of your choice. It’s designed to capture information about your system and display it in an aesthetic and visually pleasing way.

The main purpose of Neofetch is to convey to others the operating system or Linux distribution running on a system, together with critical information such as its hardware specifications, desktop environment, theme, icons, and a lot more besides.


Neofetch runs under all popular Linux distributions, and other operating systems. Popular distributions provide their own package, but installation is trivial in any event.

For example, in Ubuntu 17.04 and higher, type:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install neofetch

In Operation

Neofetch’s configuration file is stored at ~/.config/neofetch/config. Provided the software is installed correctly, Neofetch copies its default configuration file to that location. You can edit that file so the script displays what you want.

Let’s first see an example of Neofetch’s output without using its config file.


By default, the config file comments out some options including GPU Driver, disk information, battery information, and others. As I often use laptops, my config file enables battery and disk reporting. The image below reports that information in the final two lines.


Neofetch is highly customizable through the use of command line flags or the user config file. The config file runs to a whopping 728 lines, and there’s tons of configuration options to tinker with, so that the output information may be tailored exactly to your requirements.

For example, you can change (or remove) the image displayed next to the system information. Here’s Neofetch displaying a PNG image file next to the system information. Note, not all terminal emulators can display images.



Neofetch offers an easy way to display information about a system. It’s extremely customizable and runs on any operating that supports Bash. Besides Linux, you’ll find it running on Mac OS X, iOS, Solaris, BSD, GNU Hurd, Android, Windows 10, and more.

As you can write your own Bash functions, the script can do just about anything you want.

Support: Wiki
Developer: Dylan Araps
License: MIT License

Other tools in this series:

Essential System Tools
AlacrittyInnovative, hardware-accelerated terminal emulator
BleachBitSystem cleaning software. Quick and easy way to service your computer
bottomGraphical process/system monitor for the terminal
btop++Monitor usage and stats for CPU, memory, disks, network and processes
catfishVersatile file searching software
ClonezillaPartition and disk cloning software
CPU-XSystem profiler with both a GUI and text-based
CzkawkaFind duplicate files, big files, empty files, similar images, and much more
ddrescueData recovery tool, retrieving data from failing drives as safely as possible
dustMore intuitive version of du written in Rust
f3Detect and fix counterfeit flash storage
Fail2banBan hosts that cause multiple authentication errors
fdupesFind or delete duplicate files
FirejailRestrict the running environment of untrusted applications
GlancesCross-platform system monitoring tool written in Python
GPartedResize, copy, and move partitions without data
GreenWithEnvyNVIDIA graphics card utility
gtopSystem monitoring dashboard
gWakeOnLANTurn machines on through Wake On LAN
hyperfineCommand-line benchmarking tool
inxiCommand-line system information tool that's a time-saver for everyone
journalctlQuery and display messages from the journal
kmonManage Linux kernel modules with this text-based tool
KrusaderAdvanced, twin-panel (commander-style) file manager
NeofetchSystem information tool written in Bash
NmapNetwork security tool that builds a "map" of the network
nmonSystems administrator, tuner, and benchmark tool
nnnPortable terminal file manager that's amazingly frugal
petSimple command-line snippet manager
PingnooGraphical representation for traceroute and ping output
ps_memAccurate reporting of software's memory consumption
SMCMulti-featured system monitor written in Python
TimeshiftReliable system restore tool
QDirStatQt-based directory statistics
QJournalctlGraphical User Interface for systemd’s journalctl
TLPMust-have tool for anyone running Linux on a notebook
UnisonConsole and graphical file synchronization software
VeraCryptStrong disk encryption software
VentoyCreate bootable USB drive for ISO, WIM, IMG, VHD(x), EFI files
WTFPersonal information dashboard for your terminal
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