ThinkPad Fan Control

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From the Thinkpad Fan Control website:

tp-fan monitors temperatures and controls fan speed of IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. tp-fan is an open-source project released under the GPL v3.
The tpfand daemon controls the system fan in software. It can be used to make the notebook more quiet. However this will also result in higher system temperatures that may damage and/or shorten the lifespan of the computer. Since version 0.90 fan trigger temperatures can be configured separately for each temperature sensor.
This project also provides the tpfan-admin GTK+ frontend to monitor system temperature and adjust fan trigger temperatures.
Warning: This program may damage your notebook. The author does not take any responsibility for damages caused by the use of this program.


The tpfand daemon can be installed from the AUR.


The configuration file for tpfand is found in /etc/tpfand.conf. This file can be edited to adjust the fan trigger points to suit your needs.

Additionally, the tpfand-profiles package in the AUR gives the latest fan profiles for various thinkpad models.


The tpfand daemon can be started by running (as root):

/etc/rc.d/tpfand start

or by adding tpfand to the DAEMONS line in your rc.conf:

DAEMONS=(syslog-ng hal ... tpfand)


An additional GTK+ frontend is provided in the tpfan-admin package in the AUR which enables the monitoring of temperatures as well as the graphical adjustment of trigger points.