How to Install Neofetch on Linux Mint 20

Neofetch is a free, open-source command-line system information tool written in bash 3.2+. Neofetch displays system information in a beautiful aesthetic way, such as system, software, memory resources, kernel version, and much more.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Neofetch on Linux Mint 20 using the command line terminal with examples on how to maintain and remove the application with bonus command examples.

Update Linux Mint

First, make sure you run an update and then upgrade any outstanding packages to ensure no conflicts arise during the installation.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Neofetch

Neofetch is by default available on Linux Mint/Ubuntu repository making the process straightforward.

To begin the installation, use the following command.

sudo apt install neofetch

Neofetch Terminal Commands

How to use Neofetch is straightforward for the most part. The most typical command to use Neofetch is to do a printout of your system specs. In your terminal, use the following command.


Example output:

How to Install Neofetch on Linux Mint 20

As above, the default information that is printed is as follows.

OS:Operating System Name and Version.
Host:PC or Server Name.
Kernel:The Linux Kernel version and build.
Uptime:The system uptime since start/reboot.
Packages:Installed Package Managers with package count.
Shell:Installed shell version.
Resolution:Monitor resolution.
DE:The installed user interface (Desktop Environment).
WM:Type of Window manager in use.
WM Theme:The Windows Manager theme.
Theme:The installed user interface theme.
Icons:The installed Icon Pack.
Terminal:The default terminal in use.
CPU:The processor and performance
GPU:The installed graphics card.
Memory:Memory amount used and available.

However, neofetch is more capable of giving customized options. The good idea is to use the neofetch –help command.

neofetch --help

When using neofetch, the command used the –option and value syntax.

neofetch func_name --option "value" --option "value"

For example, if you want to print out your system uptime, you would use the following command.

neofetch uptime --uptime_shorthand tiny

Example output:

uptime: 9m

Another example is checking memory and uptime, and you can specify multiples.

neofetch uptime disk wm memory

Example output:

How to Install Neofetch on Linux Mint 20

Removing Neofetch

To remove Neofetch from your system, use the following command.

sudo apt autoremove neofetch -y

The removal command will also uninstall any unused dependencies on your system.

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Neofetch on Linux Mint 20.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get system information in your terminal, or if you want something that looks cool on your desktop, Neofetch is an excellent option. It has tons of customization options so you can make it look and work the way you want, and it’s one of the most popular tools out there for this purpose. Give it a try!

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