Monitor Linux Network Usage And Devices With Nutty

Nutty is a third party app developed for elementary OS that gives basic information about network and network related usage. It has a clean looking, simple tabbed interface to provide information and stats in various categories.

Main features of Nutty are:

  • Provides basic and detailed information for the device network card
    Nutty network adapter information
  • Provides network data usage in two views – historical usage and current usage
    Nutty data and network usage
  • Provides the information on the various hops involved in reaching a URL or IP address from the local device
    Check network route with Nutty
  • Provides information on active ports and application using them on the local device
    Check ports information with Nutty
  • Monitors and provides information on the other devices connected on the network
    Monitor network devices with Nutty

Basically, if you are aware of basic networking commands, you can get all these information in the Linux terminal itself. But having a GUI app often makes thing easier.

The best feature of Nutt, I think, is device discovery. I have earlier covered a tutorial to find out devices on same network in Linux. This feature is very similar to that. You can set monitoring period in the settings. And after each monitor run, it will send you a desktop notification fo every new device found on the same network.

Desktop notification for device discovery

In fact, this is the feature I suggested to Siddhartha, developer of Nutty. And he was kind enough to implement this suggestion into a feature.

Installing Nutty in elementary OS and Ubuntu

You can use the PPA to install Nutty in elementary OS Freya and (perhaps) Ubuntu. I did try it on Linux Mint 17.3 but the PPA did not work because of dependency errors.

Open a terminal and use the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:bablu-boy/nutty.0.1 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nutty

To uninstall Nutty, use the following commands:

sudo apt-get remove nutty
sudo apt-add-repository --remove ppa:bablu-boy/nutty.0.1 

If you find any bugs, please report it here.

Small applications like Nutty come handy and enhances the overall experience of desktop Linux. Don’t you think so?

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  • This worked for me on ubuntu 18.04 LTS:

    [email protected]:~$ sudo apt install nutty
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done

    No apt package “nutty”, but there is a snap with that name.
    Try “snap install nutty”

    E: Unable to locate package nutty
    [email protected]:~$ sudo snap install nutty
    nutty 0.9 from Siddhartha Das (babluboy) installed