Friday, January 17, 2014


On my old TV setup I used nvclock to get the NVIDIA GPU temperature and graph it using rrdtool (along with other temperatures and fan speeds).

nvclock was always a bit of a hack and does not work any more (at least, it won't do anything useful for me).

I know the nvidia-settings tool can display the temperature (and much more information) so there must be a modern way to access this data. A quick google showed up the nvidia-smi tool.

Quick and dirty,
nvidia-smi -q | grep Temperature -A 1
will show the current temperature.
        Gpu                     : 72 C

Interestingly, the output can also be in XML format. Combined with some xslt magic, it is possible to get the temperature in a more structured way.
echo '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="">

<xsl:output method='text'/>
<xsl:template match="/">
<xsl:for-each select="//gpu_temp">
<xsl:value-of select="."/>


' > nvidia-temp.xml
nvidia-smi --dtd > nvsmi_device_v6.dtd
nvidia-smi -q -x | xsltproc nvidia-temp.xml -

Note: Your driver might be using a different dtd version. Adjust as required. (nvidia-smi --dtd | head -1 | cut -d ' ' -f 2 will give the correct name)

If you have multiple cards and want to know which card has which temperature then you can alter the xsl to format it as you require with something like
<xsl:value-of select="ancestor::gpu/@id"/> or <xsl:value-of select="ancestor::gpu/uuid"/>
0000:04:00.0 Quadro K2000 31 C
0000:05:00.0 Quadro K2000 32 C

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