How to Install Glances System Monitoring Software on CentOS 7

By | October 29, 2016


Glances is a cross-platform command line tool written in Python to monitor Linux systems. You can use Glances to monitor CPU, Load Average, Memory, Network Interfaces, Disk I/O, Processeser and File System spaces utilization of your Linux system.

Glances uses the psutil library to grab informations from the system. It can be also used in client/server mode for remote monitoring.

In this tutorial, I will explain how to install and use Glances on CentOS 7.


Glances will display:

  • Memory information including RAM, swap, and free memory.
  • The average CPU load of your system.
  • CPU information like user related application, system programs and idle programs.
  • Total number of active and sleeping processes.
  • Download and upload rates of your network connections.
  • Disk I/O read and write details.
  • Display currently mounted disk devices.
  • Shows the current date and time at bottom.


  • A server running CentOS v.7

Installing Glances

Glances is not available in the default CentOS 7 repository. You will need to enable the EPEL repository in your “yum” configurations by running the following command:

sudo wget
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Once EPEL repository installed, you can install Glances by running the following command:

sudo yum install epel-release

Using Glances

Once installation has finished, you can launch Glances by running the following command:


The output will look something like this:

Example Glances output on CentOS 7

Press ESC or Ctrl+C to exit the Glances terminal.

By default, interval time is set to 1 second. But you can define the custom interval time while running glances from the terminal.

To set the interval time to 2 seconds, run the following command:

glances -t 2

Glances Color Codes

Glances color codes are as follows:

  • Green: Okay
  • Blue: Caution
  • Violet: Warning
  • Red: Critical

By default Glances thresholds are set at:

  • Caution: 50
  • Warning: 70
  • Critical: 90

You can customize the thresholds to suit your needs by editing the default /etc/glances/glances.conf configuration file.

Glances Options

Glances provides a lot of hot keys to find output information while Glances is running. Some of the most useful of these are:

  • m: Sort processes by MEM%
  • p: Sort processes by name
  • c: Sort processes by CPU%
  • d: Show/hide disk I/O stats
  • a: Sort Processes automatically
  • f: Show/hide file system statshddtemp
  • i: Sort processes by I/O rate
  • s: Show/hide sensors stats
  • y: Show/hide hddtemp stats
  • l: Show/hide logs
  • n: Show/hide network stats
  • x: Delete warning and critical logs
  • h: Show/hide help screen
  • q: Quit
  • w: Delete warning logs

Using Glances on Remote Systems

You can use Glances to monitor remote systems. To do this, use the command:

glances -s

The output will look something like this:

Example Glances output on a remote CentOS 7 server

You can see glances running on port 61209.

Now, go to the remote machine and execute the following command to connect to a Glances server by specifying IP address as shown below. In this example, is your Glances server IP address.

glances -c -P

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