How to install Screenfetch and Archey in Ubuntu

Friday, February 10, 2012

Archey is a script that displays system info in the terminal with a logo of this the Linux distro in ASCII art. Archey is really nice and light-weight and can be a cool tool to display on the terminal. Archey was originally written for Arch Linux but the current version of archey supports many other popular linux distros like Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Archbang… as well. However archey is not in the official respiratory of Ubuntu so not many Ubuntu users know about it. If you’re using Ubuntu and want to use archey, you just need to run the following commands to install archey in Ubuntu (and other Debian-based distros like Linux Mint and Crunchbang)
sudo apt-get install lsb-release scrot
sudo dpkg -i archey-0.2.8.deb

After that, you just need to type “archey” in the terminal to start archey. Here is what archey looks like in my Arch Linux machine.

archey arch linux ubuntu

And here how it looks with Linux Mint

archey linux mint ubuntu

Another tool similar to archey is screenfetch, the main difference between screenfetch and archey is that screenfetch is written in Bash instead of Perl or Python. Just like archey, screenfetch is not in the official respiratory of Ubuntu so if you want to install screenfetch in your Ubuntu box (or other Debian-based distros), you can use the following command
sudo dpkg -i screenfetch-2.4.0.deb

Here is how screenfetch looks in my Arch Linux machine:

screenfetch arch linux

And in Linux Mint

screenfetch linux mint

To automatically start Archey or Screenfetch whenever you open the terminal, you just need to add “archey” or “screenfetch” into the bashrc file (/home/username/.bashrc for local user).

And here is how screenfetch looks in other popular distros like Ubuntu, Fedora…