In this guide, we are going to see what is Macchina and how to display Linux system information in terminal using Macchina utility.
What is Macchina?
There are many tools and methods exists to display a system's details in Linux. You can use tools like ScreenFetch, Neofetch, Inxi to get the Linux system information. You can also use Python's import module to view the details of a Linux system. Today, we will see yet another similar tool. Let us give a warm welcome to a newcomer named Macchina to the club! Using Macchina, we can get the basic system information of a Linux machine in the Terminal.
Macchina is a basic system information fetcher. It is similar to Neofetch but with a focus on performance and minimalism. It is even faster than Neofetch tool. For those wondering, Macchina is an Italian word for Machine. Macchina is free and open source program written in Rust programming language. It supports Linux, macOS, BSD and the Windows support is coming soon.
Install Macchina in Linux
$ paru -S macchina
$ yay -S macchina
On other Linux distributions, you can install Macchina using Rust's
Cargo package manager. Make sure you have installed Rust:
And then run the following command to install Macchina using cargo in Linux:
$ cargo install macchina
Display Linux System Information In Terminal Using Macchina
To view your Linux system's details using Macchina, simply run it without any options:
Host — sk@ostechnix Machine — Dell Inc. Inspiron N5050 Kernel — Linux 5.4.0-66-generic Distro — Ubuntu DE — Ubuntu WM — GNOME Shell Packages — 2656 Shell — /bin/bash Terminal — Deepin-terminal Uptime — 59 minutes CPU — Intel® Core™ i3-2350M CPU @ 2.30GHz (4) Memory — 2.2 GB/8.1 GB Battery — Full
As you can see in the above output, Macchina fetches the following details of a system:
- Host details in the format of username@hostname
- Product details (e.g. DELL)
- Kernel version
- Distribution name
- Desktop Environment
- Window Manager
- Total no of installed packages
- Shell (E.g. Bash)
- CPU/Processor details
- Thread count
- Memory Usage
- Palette (optional)
Currently, Macchina shows the package count only for the following package managers:
Did you notice that the logo ASCII art is missing? Yes! The developer wants to keep Macchina simple, so the logo part is excluded. Let us hope that the future versions might have this feature!
Macchina has many flags to customize the output as you wish. Here is the one that the developer used for the screenshot in the official github page.
$ macchina -U -b -p -S -s 2
- We used
-Ufor shortened up time output,
-bfor bars to display the RAM and Battery usage,
-pfor color palette at the end,
-Sfor shortened shell output,
-s 2for 2 character spacing.
You can add/remove these options as per your liking to get a custom output.
Here is the sample output for the above command:
Host — sk@ostechnix Machine — Dell Inc. Inspiron N5050 Kernel — Linux 5.4.0-66-generic Distro — Ubuntu DE — Ubuntu WM — GNOME Shell Packages — 2656 Shell — bash Terminal — Deepin-terminal Uptime — 3h 22m CPU — Intel® Core™ i3-2350M CPU @ 2.30GHz (4) Memory — ( ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ) Battery — ( ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● )
To view the list of all available options, run the help section:
$ macchina --help
Macchina could be a minimal and simple alternative to Neofetch and other system information fetcher tools. Give it a try and see if it fits for you.