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hddtemp is a small utility (with daemon) that gives the hard-drive temperature via S.M.A.R.T. (for drives supporting this feature).


Install hddtemp from the official repositories.


Hddtemp requires root privileges. The command hddtemp must be followed by at least one drive's location. You can list several drives separated by spaces:

# hddtemp /dev/sdX1 /dev/sdX2 ... /dev/sdXn
Note: Block device naming under /dev/, like /dev/sdX, is inconsistent. See Persistent block device naming for information on using persistent device paths.

Further usage information is available in the manpage:

$ man hddtemp


Running the daemon allows access to the temperature information via TCP/IP as a regular user. This is useful for scripts and system monitors.

The daemon is controlled by hddtemp.service.

To get the temperature, connect to the daemon which listens on port 7634.

With inetutils:

$ telnet localhost 7634

With gnu-netcat:

$ nc localhost 7634

Both outputs are similar to:


For a better looking statistic:

$ nc localhost 7634 |sed 's/|//m' | sed 's/||/ \n/g' | awk -F'|' '{print $1 " " $3 " " $4}'
/dev/sda 32 C 
/dev/sdb 36 C

Override default disk

The default hddtemp daemon only monitors /dev/sda. If you have multiple disks, you need to override the default configuration to monitor them.

You will need to know which hard drives support monitoring. You can check with smartmontools.

First run this command which will open your default text editor:

# systemctl edit hddtemp.service

Add the following text:

/etc/systemd/system/hddtemp.service.d/<temp file>
ExecStart=/usr/bin/hddtemp -dF /dev/sda /dev/sdb /dev/sdc

Change the device names to the ones you want to monitor.

After editing, save the file and reload systemd's unit files then restart the hddtemp service

You can also use the auto-generate script will detect supported hard drives using smartmontools and print to the stdout.


Hddtemp can be integrated with system monitors. Conky has built in support for hddtemp in daemon mode. You just need to add $hddtemp °C to your conky configuration file.

Solid State Drives

Hddtemp usually reads field 194 from the smart data of the drive. In SSDs temperature information is usually stored in field 190. To obtain this information, one can run:

$ smartctl -a /dev/sdX


$ hddtemp --debug /dev/sdX

where X is a character (e.g. a,b,c...) representing the drive. Use lsblk to check this.

Alternatively, add a new entry in /usr/share/hddtemp/hddtemp.db. For example:

$ echo '"Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250G B" 190 C "Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB"' >> /usr/share/hddtemp/hddtemp.db