Vnstat is a network traffic monitoring tool that you can use to monitor how much bandwidth you are using. If you ever wanted to track the bandwidth usage on desktop then vnstat is the right choice to keep track of bandwidth. This console based app is lightweight, very easy to install and use.
In this tutorial you will learn how to install Vnstat on Linux mint via terminal and Software Manager.
Install Vnstat via Terminal
Step 1 - Update your system
Before you install vnstat, make sure your system is up to date. Update your system by using the command below
sudo apt update
Step 2 - Install Vnstat
Once you have updated your system, enter the command below to install vnstat on your system.
sudo apt install vnstat
Step 3 - Verify Vnstat Installation
After installing vnstat, check if vnstat got installed correctly, to do this simply use the --version command
And you should see the version of vnstat on console
Step 4 - Enable Vnstat process
Next, you need to enable vnstat process. This step is important if you want vnstat to start automatically once you boot your system.
systemctl enable vnstat
Install Vnstat via Software Manager
Vnstat can be also be installed via software manager on Linux mint, follow the steps below to learn how to do this.
- Open Dashboard Menu
2. Launch Software Manager
Software manager is located in
Administration category, simply go to administration category and click over
Software manager. You can also type
Software Manager on the search box of the menu.
And click Software Manager
3. Install Vnstat
Next, type vnstat in the search box of Software manager and click the first result that comes up, then simply click the install button and the installation should start right away.
Useful Vnstat commands
Bandwidth usage for x mins
To see how much bandwidth has been used for let's say 5 mins use the -5 parameter
Bandwidth usage daily
To see how much bandwidth has been used for the whole day use -d parameter
Bandwidth usage monthly
To see how much bandwidth has been used monthly use the -m parameter
Full list of commands
To get the full list of commands of Vnstat use the --longhelp parameter
And you should see the whole list of commands
By now you should know what Vnstat is and how to install it on Linux Mint.