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Benchmarking means measuring the speed at which a computer system will execute a computing task, in a way that will allow comparison between different hardware/software combinations. It does not involve user-friendliness, aesthetic or ergonomic considerations or other subjective judgment.

HardInfo is a system profiler and benchmark for Linux systems. It can gather information about your computer and operating system, perform a variety of benchmarks, and export the data to an HTML file.


Ubuntu users can install Hardinfo via the terminal using:

sudo apt-get install hardinfo

To download the source code use this link

Then use the standard

wget filelocation
tar -xzvf filename
cd newfilename
make install

Contributed Packages

These are unsupported and may be outdated.

Debian, Ubuntu
ALT Linux
Fedora Core official packages are up-to-date and available through yum

Development Snapshot

As of June 25, 2008, the SVN repository is deprecated, and all development is now being tracked with GIT. Source code can be browsed with github, and can be cloned using the following command:

  • git clone git://

This will create a hardinfo subdirectory. To update the source, issue the command

  • git pull

inside this directory. Optionally, a GIT snapshot is also available.


The easiest way to browse the reports is to run them all by generating an HTML page. Click the Generate Report button on the toolbar, and select the information you want included. Generating a report including the benchmarks could take a few minutes depending on how fast your computer is.

If you are unsure about how to interpret the results, Hardinfo displays a line towards the bottom – giving you some additional information about the test results.

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