Neofetch – A Command Line Linux System Information Tool

How much do you know about your Linux OS system information? Moreover, what system settings do you check, or what inbuilt Linux commands do you run to retrieve important information regarding your Linux operating system distribution?

This article guide is here to answer such important questions concerning your Linux OS distribution via the Neofetch system information tool.

About Neofetch

Bash 3.2+ is behind the creation of the Neofetch Linux system information tool. Neofetch retrieves and prints out relevant OS software and hardware information on the standard output.

With Neofetch, you do not just get a normal display of important Linux system info, this display is presented in an aesthetic and visually pleasing manner.

Neofetch - Linux Information Tool
Neofetch – Linux Information Tool

That being said, you might want to consider the use of Neofetch to gather important system information which can later be converted to screenshots and shared with the relevant parties for diagnostics or statistic purposes.

For instance, such information might be needed by a system administrator or expert Linux user to troubleshoot specific system needs that can either be hardware or software oriented.

How Does Neofetch Work?

When you launch Neofetch via the Linux command-line window, the default system info is displayed on the right side of the terminal window and your Linux operating system logo (which can be configured to be a wallpaper, a custom ASCII file, or an image) displayed on the left side of the terminal window.

You can additionally apply some custom configuration to Neofetch to get the system info display of your choice. From its manual page, you will be able to familiarize yourself with the relevant command-line flags that will make these custom configurations possible.

Installing Neofetch Linux System Information Tool

Reference the following installation commands for Neofetch on your favorite Linux operating system distribution.

$ sudo apt install neofetch         [On Debian, Ubuntu and Mint]
$ sudo yum install neofetch         [On RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Rocky Linux/AlmaLinux]
$ sudo emerge -a app-misc/neofetch  [On Gentoo Linux]
$ sudo apk add neofetch             [On Alpine Linux]
$ sudo pacman -S neofetch           [On Arch Linux]
$ sudo zypper install neofetch      [On OpenSUSE]    

To launch the Neofetch from the Linux terminal, run:

$ neofetch 
Neofetch - View Linux Information Tool
Neofetch – View Linux Information Tool

For more usage options associated with Neofetch, reference its manual page:

$ man neofetch

Neofetch summarizes important Linux hardware and software information via an appealing display.

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