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How to Install and Use the bottom Command on Raspberry Pi for System Monitoring

The bottom command is an open-source command-line utility that enables Linux users to monitor the performance of their systems, such as CPU resources, system temperature, memory information, network resources and much more. Since this tool supports both Linux and ARM-based architecture, thus you can install it on your Raspberry Pi to monitor your device performance.

This article shows you the most straightforward approach to install the bottom command on Raspberry Pi to monitor your system performance.

System Monitoring on Raspberry Pi Using the bottom Command

You cannot install the bottom command directly on your Raspberry Pi device; however, you can install a deb package for the GitHub website according to your system architecture using the following steps:

Step 1: Update Raspberry Pi Source List

Before installing the bottom utility on your Raspberry Pi device, you must update the current packages on your system through the following command:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Download bottom Utility Deb Package on Raspberry Pi

Next, you will need to download bottom utility deb package on Raspberry Pi for 64Bit Raspberry Pi OS and to do this apply the following command:

$ wget https://github.com/ClementTsang/bottom/releases/download/nightly/bottom_aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu.deb

You can also find a 32Bit version of the deb package for your Raspberry Pi from GitHub website and to download this version, you just need to replace the version in the above command.

Step 3: Install bottom Utility Deb Package

After successfully downloading the deb package, run the below-mentioned command to install the bottom utility on your Raspberry Pi device:

$ sudo apt install ./bottom_aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu.deb

Make sure to replace the version of the bottom in the above command as well.

After completing the installation, apply the following command to confirm the latest version of the bottom version installed on your Raspberry Pi.

$ btm --version

Step 4: Run bottom Utility on Raspberry Pi

To get the information about your Raspberry Pi system’s resources, you have to apply the following command:

$ btm

The above result shows the system resources on your Raspberry Pi terminal and if you want to have further information about your device resources, you can issue the following command for help:

$ btm --help

From the help section, you will see several commands ranging from basic to complete and you can use these commands to get the overview of your device resources.

Remove bottom Utility From Raspberry Pi

In case you are not interested in using the bottom utility services on your Raspberry Pi device, you can easily remove it using the following command:

$ sudo apt remove bottom-arm64 -y


The bottom is a lightweight system monitoring tool that displays your Raspberry Pi device information onto the terminal window. You can install this application easily on your device by downloading the deb package and through an apt installer. The detailed step-by-step instructions are already provided in the above-given guidelines.

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Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.