Neofetch is Dead! Here are 7 Alternatives for Your Linux System

Neofetch is no more but fret not ASCII lovers, in the open source world, there is almost always alternatives.
Warp Terminal

Neofetch, the favorite tool for displaying system information in ASCII format in the terminal, is no longer being developed.

Its GitHub repository is now archived. It didn't see any development for the past three years anyway.

Neofetch developer Dylan's GitHub page says he has "taken up farming".

Developer says he has taken up farming

When I asked for proof, he sent me this photo.

Farming in ASCII
Is that a farm in ASCII format?

Okay, I just made up the last part for humor purposes πŸ˜‰

So, here's the deal. Neofetch is not being developed anymore. Although it is still available in the repositories of many distributions and will remain for a couple of more releases, I presume.

Still, it would be a good idea to use some actively developed tool to flex your Linux desktop setup.

Let me share a few worthy Neofetch alternatives for your ASCII needs.


Fastfetch is similar to Neofetch. It offers heavy customization possibilities, including tweaking the appearance of logos! You remember that Neoftech was extremely customizable, don't you?

Fastfetch: A Neofetch alternative written in C.

Fastfetch uses JSONC (JSON with Comments) for configuration. If you are curious, there are some presets available for you to get started.

If you are using Ubuntu 22.04 or later, you can install it using the PPA. Yes, PPA to rescue even in the Snap world of Ubuntu.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zhangsongcui3371/fastfetch
sudo apt update
sudo apt install fastfetch

For other distros like Arch Linux and Fedora, you can use their package managers to install fastfetch (if it is available).


screenFetch is a β€œBash Screenshot Information Tool”, that can be used to generate system information along with the ASCII logo of the distribution. It is basically a bash script and is easily extendable.

I think screenFetch existed even before Neofetch πŸ€”

screenFetch: A simple Bash Screenshot Information Tool

screenFetch is basically a bash script and is easily extendable.

To install screenFetch in Ubuntu, open a terminal and run:

sudo apt install screenfetch

It is also available in the default repositories of Arch Linux, Fedora, etc.


macchina is a system information fetching tool written in Rust πŸ¦€ (some people would use it just for that)

It uses a TOML file for its configuration, which is usually placed at ~/.config/macchina/macchina.toml.

Macchina: A system information fetching tool, written in Rust
If the configuration file is not showing any effect, you can specify it while running, like macchina --config <location of config file>.

macchina also offers a theming system that is outside the configuration file. This is also a TOML file, and they have an example theme called Hydrogen!

You can either use the pre-built binary available to download from the releases page, or install it to your system.

It's a Rust tool, so you can install cargo first and then use it for the installation:

cargo install macchina

It is also available to install from AUR for Arch Linux users.


Written in shell script, NerdFetch is a POSIX compatible system information fetching tool. It uses Nerd fonts. So, to get the most out of it, you need to have a Nerd font installed.

NerdFetch: Fetch system information with Nerd font icons

Apart from default, NerdFetch works in three more modes, like:

NerdFetch with fancy options
NerdFetch with fancy options

Arch Linux users can use yay or some other AUR helper:

yay -S nerdfetch

Others can install it in a bit nerdier fashion:

sudo curl -fsSL -o /usr/bin/nerdfetch
sudo chmod u+x /usr/bin/nerdfetch


Archey is a simple system information tool written in Python. It is a fork of the original Archey (Linux) system tool, and it is lightweight and fast.

Archey: Simple system information tool, fork of original Archey (Linux) system tool.

Before installing Archey, make sure you have the following dependencies:

  • Essential: python3, python3-distro, python3-netifaces.
  • Recommended: procps, dnsutils, lm-sensors, etc. Visit their documentation for more recommended packages.

You can download the deb file from the releases page and install it on Ubuntu.

I have faced some issues while running this in Ubuntu, but on Arch Linux, it ran fine. Arch 1, Ubuntu 0 πŸ₯Š

For Arch Linux users, install it using any AUR helper:

yay -S archey4

Archey uses JSON file as configuration tool, which is usually placed at:

  • /etc/archey4/config.json (system preferences)
  • ~/.config/archey4/config.json (user preferences)
  • ./config.json (local preferences)

The preference order is local preferences > user preferences > system preferences.


HyFetch is a fork of Neofetch, with LGBTQ+ pride flags πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ.

The configuration file of HyFetch is located at ~/.config/neowofetch/config.conf. It is similar to tweaking the Neofetch.

hyfetch: System information tool with LGBTQ+ pride flags

You can install HyFetch from the official repositories of Ubuntu.

sudo apt install hyfetch

It is also available in Arch Linux's repositories. The documentation provides more installation methods.

During the initial run, it will ask for several configurations, such as the color scheme, brightness adjustment, etc., through a text prompt. It also displays the appearance of each choice for easy selection.

You can rerun the configuration anytime by using the command:

hyfetch -c


Unlike the rest in this list, cpufetch only shows the CPU details with a neat logo.

cpufetch displaying various cpu architecutres, there logo and details.
CPUFetch: Image Credits: cpufetch

By default, it prints the CPU logo according to the system color scheme, but also provides methods to change it.

cpufetch is available in the repositories of Ubuntu. Which means it's quite easily installable.

sudo apt install cpufetch
There is a project called GPUFetch, that is CPUFetch for GPUs.

More ASCII fun

Why just stop here? How about some more ASCII things?

Convert Images to ASCII Art in Linux Terminal
Want some fun in the Linux terminal? How about converting a regular image into ASCII art? This tool lets you convert any image into ASCII art.

There are more tools to explore here.

10 Tools to Have Fun With ASCII Art in Linux Terminal
Think Linux terminal is all about serious work? Think again. Here are a few fun things you can do with ASCII art in the terminal.

And finally, let's raise a glass to Neofetch πŸ₯‚ It will be missed.

About the author
Abhishek Prakash

Abhishek Prakash

Created It's FOSS 11 years ago to share my Linux adventures. Have a Master's degree in Engineering and years of IT industry experience. Huge fan of Agatha Christie detective mysteries πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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