vnStat is a lightweight (command line) network traffic monitor. It monitors selectable interfaces and stores network traffic logs in a database for later analysis.
Install the package.
Pick a preferred network interface and edit the
Interface variable in the
/etc/vnstat.conf accordingly. To list all interfaces available to vnstat, use
To start monitoring a particular interface you must initialize a database first. Each interface needs its own database. The command to initialize one for the
eth0 interface is:
# vnstat -u -i eth0
Query the network traffic:
# vnstat -q
Viewing live network traffic usage:
# vnstat -l
To find more options, use:
# vnstat --help