Install hwinfo on Ubuntu 20.04

The hwinfo is a tool that can allows to get details about various hardware components on a system via command line. This tool shows information about CPU, RAM, disks, network interfaces, USB controllers, etc. The hwinfo was developed for openSUSE but lately was adapted for other Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, etc.

This tutorial explains how to install hwinfo on Ubuntu 20.04.

Install hwinfo

Execute the following command to update the package lists:

sudo apt update

Install hwinfo:

sudo apt install -y hwinfo

When installation is completed, we can check version of hwinfo:

hwinfo --version

Testing hwinfo

In order to get detailed information about all hardware components, you can run the hwinfo command without arguments:

hwinfo

The --all option allows to get the same result as well:

hwinfo --all

We can use --short option to get brief information about the hardware components:

hwinfo --short
Brief information about hardware components using hwinfo on Ubuntu

The hwinfo also provides options to view information for specific hardware component:

hwinfo --cpu
hwinfo --memory
hwinfo --disk
hwinfo --network
hwinfo --usb

Uninstall hwinfo

If you want to completely remove hwinfo and related dependencies, execute the following command:

sudo apt purge --autoremove -y hwinfo

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