LM Sensors - temp - fanspeed

What it does

This metric provider uses the lm_sensors package to read a multitude of values from the computer. Mostly temperatures from various hardware components and fan speeds.


The required libraries are installed automatically via the install-linux.sh call when installing the Green Metrics Tool. However for completeness, these are the libraries installed:

sudo apt install -y lm-sensors libsensors-dev libglib2.0-0 libglib2.0-dev
sudo dnf -y install lm_sensors lm_sensors-devel glib2 glib2-devel

If you want the temperature metric provider to work you need to run the sensor detector

sudo sensors-detect

in order to detect all the sensors in your system. One you have run this you should be able to run the


command and see your CPU temp. You can then use this output to look for the parameters you need to set in the config.yml. For example if sensors gives you:

Adapter: ISA adapter
Package id 0:  +29.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 0:        +27.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 1:        +27.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 2:        +28.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 3:        +29.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

Your config could be:

    resolution: 100
    chips: ['coretemp-isa-0000']
    features: ['Package id 0', 'Core 0', 'Core 1', 'Core 2', 'Core 3']

As the matching is open ended you could also only use 'Core' instead of naming each feature.


  • LmSensorsFanComponentProvider
  • LmSensorsTempComponentProvider

these both extend the LmSensorsProvider which makes it very easy to add new specific providers. We need to separate fan and temperature because they both come in different units. Temp in °C or °F and fan speeds in RPM.

Metric Name

  • lm_sensors_fan_component
  • lm_senors_temp_component

Input Parameters

To make the tool as useful as possible it takes multiple filter parameters:

  • -c: this is a list of strings defining the chips that should be queried. When looking at the output of sensors you can see the the chip being described like coretemp-isa-0000. You can filter for all coretemp chips by just supplying -c coretemp this will match coretemp*

  • -f: the features to output. These will need to be part of a chip. This can also be a list and will match the beginning. -f fan will match fan0 and fan1

Please remember that the metric provider can only understand one type of unit. So please don’t mix fan with temperature when configuring.

The tool also accepts more general parameters:

  • -i: interval in milliseconds. By default the measurement interval is 100 ms.

  • -s: it is possible to pass in a lm_sensors config file if you don’t want to use the system one.

  • -t: this will output in degrees fahrenheit. This is not recommended when using it in the green coding context!

  • -h: displays a little help message.

./metric-provider-binary -c coretemp-isa-0000 -f "Package id 0" -i 100

Calling the metric-provider without any parameters will output all the values the package can read. This is for debugging!


This metric provider prints to stdout a continuous stream of data every interval milliseconds till it is stopped with sigkill or sigint (Ctrl-c). The format of the data is as follows:



  • TIMESTAMP: Unix timestamp, in microseconds
  • READING: The value taken from sensors.
  • FEATURE-NAME: Which feature the reading comes from

Please note that if we are looking at temperatures, which come as floats, we multiply the value with 100 to work with integers. So a temperature of 64,87°C will be outputted as 6487.

Any errors are printed to stderr.