inxi: everything you need to know about your computer

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inxi: everything about your system

The terminal application inxi is very useful, if you want to have all kinds of information about your system and your hardware. Below you'll find some tips for using inxi.

Ubuntu doesn't contain inxi by default. You can install it in Ubuntu like this:

Launch a terminal window.
(You can launch a terminal window like this: *Click*)

Use copy/paste to transfer the following line into the terminal:

sudo apt-get install inxi

Press Enter. Type your password when prompted; this will remain entirely invisible, not even asterisks will show, which is normal.



1. A complete hardware and system overview

You can generate a complete hardware and system overview like this:

- Launch a terminal window.
(You can launch a terminal window like this: *Click*)

- Important: now make the terminal full-screen, in order to avoid chopped lines.

- Use copy/paste to transfer the following line into the terminal:

inxi -Fxpmr

(when you type: note that the F is a capital letter!)

Press Enter.

Want even more details? Then use this command:

inxi -Fxxxpmr


2. Complete hardware and system overview with privacy filter

When you ask other people to help you with computing problems, for example on an internet forum, then it's useful to provide a complete hardware overview. But preferably one which contains no privacy invading information. That can be done like this:

- Launch a terminal window.
(You can launch a terminal window like this: *Click*)

- Important: now make the terminal full-screen, in order to avoid chopped lines.

Then copy/paste this command into the terminal:

inxi -Fxpmrz

(when you type: note that the F is a capital letter!)

Press Enter.

Tip: if you want to post your hardware overview on a forum, use copy/paste to transfer it from the terminal into your forum message.


3. Complete list of the software sources in your system

You can generate a complete list of the software sources that your system uses, with the following terminal command (use copy/paste):

Important: first make the terminal full-screen, in order to avoid chopped lines.

Copy/paste this command into the terminal:

inxi -Sr

(when you type: note that the S is a capital letter!)

Press Enter.


4. Sound card

Important: first make the terminal full-screen, in order to avoid chopped lines.

You can retrieve all data concerning your sound card with the following terminal command (use copy/paste):

inxi -Ax

(when you type: note that the A is a capital letter!)

Press Enter.


5. All mounted partitions with UUID's

Important: first make the terminal full-screen, in order to avoid chopped lines.

You can identify all mounted partitions on your hard drive with a UUID, with the following terminal command:

inxi -u

Press Enter.


6. Update inxi to the latest version

You can update inxi to the latest version like this:

a. In Linux Mint the update feature of inxi has been blocked. But you can remove that block with this terminal command (use copy/paste to transfer it into the terminal):

sudo rm -v /etc/inxi.conf

Press Enter. Type your password when prompted. In Ubuntu this remains entirely invisible, not even dots will show when you type it, that's normal. In Linux Mint you see asterisks when you type your password. Press Enter again.

b. With that, you've removed the settings file with the block (that's the only setting it contained, so no worries). Now you should be able to update inxi. Namely with the following terminal command:

sudo inxi -U

(Note that the U is a capital letter)

Press Enter.

Note: the first time that you update inxi, you might get to see an error about the man pages (the manual). If so, execute the update command a second time, in order to remove that error.

Want to undo this (but why?) and switch back to the original inxi? Then simply execute this terminal command:
sudo apt-get install --reinstall inxi



7. Fun stuff: the weather with inxi

Run this terminal command to make inxi give you a weather report:

inxi -wxxx

Press Enter.


8. More with inxi?

Important: first make the terminal full-screen, in order to avoid chopped lines.

You can read how to get much more information from inxi, with this terminal command:

man inxi

Press Enter.


9. Requesting information from a help seeker on a Linux forum

When you're a Linux forum helper and you want to ask a help seeker about relevant information concerning his Linux problem, you can copy/paste the following blue text in your reply. It already contains code and layout tags that are applicable on most web fora.

Cut out the last four commands if it doesn't concern WiFi troubles:

If need be, [url=https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.com/p/temporary-internet.html]establish temporary internet connection by other means[/url].

Please generate an overview of your system like this:
- Launch a terminal window [url=https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.com/p/terminal.html][i](this is how to launch a terminal window)[/i][/url];
- Make the terminal window full screen, to avoid chopped lines;
- [url=https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.com/p/copy-paste.html]Copy/paste[/url] this command into the terminal:

[code]inxi -Fxpmrz[/code]
[i](if you type: the letter F is a capital letter, and don't omit the space after inxi!)[/i]

Press Enter.

[url=https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.com/p/copy-paste.html]Copy/paste[/url] the output in your next message.

Do the same with the following four commands:
[code]rfkill list all[/code]
[code]iwconfig[/code]
[code]lsusb[/code]
[code]lspci[/code]


Want more tips?

Do you want more tips and tweaks? There's a lot more of them on this website!

For example:

Speed up your Linux Mint!

Clean your Linux Mint safely

Avoid 10 fatal mistakes


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