Method 1. Use Ubuntu Settings
Ubuntu displays some basic details about your hardware in its settings. Even though the details are not comprehensive, it is the first method that you should use, especially if you are a Ubuntu beginner. To do this, follow the steps below.
1. Click on the Seek press and search for settings
2. Scroll down and click Around
3. A window will display all the hardware details of your Ubuntu version. In this case we are using Ubuntu 22.04 and we can see more details about it in the image below.
Method 2. Use Hardinfo tool
The Ubuntu settings don’t reveal many details about your hardware. However, we can install a tool, Hardinfo, specially designed to show hardware details for various Linux distributions. With Hardinfo you can create a report about your system in HTML format
To use Hardinfo, you must first install it with the following command.
With the tool installed we can proceed to use it to see our hardware details. To open it, search for Hardinfo in your applications. Once opened, you will see a screen similar to the one below.
You can view the different information for each hardware device from the image. If you need to analyze a specific component, click on it in the left pane. For example, if you want to analyze details about the processorclicking on it will open a window like the one below.
Here we can know that the current system has 4 processors. Yours may be different, but you now understand how to analyze each hardware component of your Ubuntu system using the Hardinfo tool.
If you need to generate a report of your hardware details, click information button in the top left and select where you want to create your report.
Method 3. Use the Lshw
That lshw is a command line tool for viewing hardware details that provides detailed and rich information. However, the output on the command line can be confusing, so using the graphical interface is worthwhile. To run the command line version, the command is:
You can get the same results with a more user-friendly interface, but first you should install the tool using the command below.
After installation you can search hardware lister from your applications to open the tool. You need to give it root privileges for it to run.
Once you enter your password, the lshw-gtk tool will open in graphics mode as shown below.
You can click on any component to view its hardware details. It doesn’t give a lot of detail though, but is still helpful in viewing your hardware details.
The three tools are great for viewing your hardware tools and you can choose which one works best.
Keeping up to date with your hardware details is a common problem that users face. While there are various command line tools that you can use on your Ubuntu system, not all of them are easy to understand in the information generated. However, some command line tools have a graphical interface that does the same thing. We’ve covered three common and easy ways to analyze your hardware tools. Try them out and see which provides the most helpful information for you.