Hey, Ridley, ya got any bmon?

Time for another quick look at the wonderful world of console applications.

This is bmon, and it would be easy to dismiss this as yet another network monitor for the console. But actually, I like it a lot.

Most monitors require you to declare an interface at startup, and most of those are tied to that interface until you close the application down, or start a new instance.

bmon is nifty in that it gives you a look at just about everything that’s running, on every interface available. And includes mega-cool svelte animated graphs showing traffic, as it happens.

This would be very useful indeed to anyone using more than one network port on a machine, or perhaps a machine dedicated to relaying network traffic.

For me it’s a little overkill. But the nice thing about console programs is, even when they’re overkill, they’re hardly a drag on your system. Enjoy. :)

P.S.: Thanks to nico for pointing it out. ;)

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7 Responses to “Hey, Ridley, ya got any bmon?”


  1. 1 hak 2011/05/30 at 10:52 PM

    Link doesn’t work. bmon is nice, but i preffer ifstatus:
    http://ifstatus.sourceforge.net
    Those shiny colors:)

  2. 3 Kevin G 2011/05/31 at 1:45 AM

    Say, what system is that screenshot on? It looks like a themed Linux Mint.

  3. 6 Mads Johansen 2011/05/31 at 2:15 AM

    You forgot http:// in front of the link:

    Here’s a working one: http://www.infradead.org/~tgr/bmon/

    /Mads

  4. 7 x33a 2011/05/31 at 4:48 PM

    I have tried a lot of network monitor, but i can’t seem to like anything other than iftop. I love being able to see the bandwidth usage along with the active connections.


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