Tried to search but can't find anything. Is there an unix equivalent to right clicking / properties on My Computer to see things like memory, cpu speed etc ?

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    Saying 'Unix' is a bit too broad as there are many Unix based operating systems. The procedure will be different for Linux, Solaris, HPUX, AIX, etc. – Andre Miller Oct 24 '09 at 9:36

You could try http://ezix.org/project/wiki/HardwareLiSter

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    Many current distributions have this packages (lshw) available for installation without needing to build from source. – Charles Duffy Oct 24 '09 at 15:53
  • Its a nice tool but you might want to mention that it is Linux specific. – Robert Gamble Oct 24 '09 at 16:07

dmidecode should work on most *nix systems, although it takes some translating. There's also biosdecode in the same package.

  • This is a great utility. It's like opening the box and peeking inside without the down time. – David Oct 25 '09 at 3:31

On Linux, such information can be found in /proc/meminfo and /proc/cpuinfo. It will be different on different systems.


On Solaris you would use commands such as



psrinfo -v (CPU speed)


A couple more useful Linux commands:

  • lshw
  • lsusb

There are many useful tools that can help you: dmidecode, lshw, lspci, lsusb, lscpu


There are a few commands you might want to consider running, to see if they're available on your system: lsusb, lshw, lspci.

Be more specific -- what do you mean by Unix? Is this a Solaris box, HPUX machine, FreeBSD, RedHat Linux? That matters.


some other commands, depending on distributions lspci, hwclock, biosdecode etc. Also, have a look at man -k hardware, man -k cpu , etc


The following link has one code which get all the info for a server/system, but it works with RHEL/Fedora/Suse/Ubuntu. I havn't used it on any of the unix boxes so please try it out and let us know. Also what its output looks like on your system.


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