How to Monitor an Ubuntu Server with Grafana & Prometheus

Grafana is an open source metric analytics & visualization tool which can help us to monitor the system with a nice Dashboard.

Step 1: Installing Grafana

Grafana is available in the official packages repository, however it could not be the latest version, so we’ll use the official repository on packagecloud.

First, download the GPG key of packagecloud and add it to the trusted APT keys.

$ curl https://packagecloud.io/gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

Then, add the packagecloud repository to your APT sources.

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb https://packagecloud.io/grafana/stable/debian/ stretch main"

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Customize our Linux terminal with screenFetch (Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Linux Mint…)

screenFetch is a software for GNU/Linx which shows information related to our Hardware and our Operating System, including the logo of the Linux Distro it is being used.

This is the info screenFetch shows:

  • User Name
  • Host Name
  • OS with Code Name
  • Installed Kernel Info
  • System Uptime
  • List of Installed Packages
  • bash Shell Version
  • System Resolution
  • DE (Desktop Environment)
  • WM (Window Manager)
  • WM Theme
  • GTK Theme
  • Icon Theme
  • Font
  • CPU
  • RAM Usage

Here some examples:

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