indicator-cpufreq – CPU frequency indicator (PPA installation instructions included)

Indicator applet for displaying and changing CPU frequency on-the-fly.

Install indicator-cpufreq in ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:artfwo/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install indicator-cpufreq


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18 Responses

  1. cookiemonster says:

    E: Couldn’t find package indicator-cpufreq

  2. cmcanulty says:

    In installed where do I find it?

  3. peter says:

    PPA is installed
    Software Center shows it as installed
    —no menu item that I can find

    did a reboot to check, still not found

  4. You have to add it to panel… 😉

    Right click the panel and select “Add to Panel”, select it from the list and press “Add”… 😉

    Move it around using right-click and “Move”.

  5. peter says:

    cool, done deal (:

  6. edgar says:

    After following the instructions, the terminal said:
    E: Couldn’t find package indicator-cpufreq
    but it seems to work anyway after adding it to the panel.

  7. edgar says:

    Ubuntu Geek – You are a genius – I love you!
    My ppp-daemon kept dying after a few seconds of dialup apparently because of varying CPU frequency but now thanks to Carlos Garcia Campos I can set the speed (any speed except “On demand”) and my dialup works like a charm.
    You have made my day!

  8. cmcanulty says:

    I can’t find it anywhere in the add to panel lists. This is one of the most annoying things with Ubuntu installing something then never finding it on any menu.

  9. cmcanulty says:

    PS sorry I found it but often I can’t find new programs anywhere and can’t browse to it like programs files on XP as Linux puts programs in several different folders

  10. cmcanulty says:

    Is there a tool like this for memory usage? Very nice.

  11. poyzzone says:

    Thanks,… its work.

  12. rcmstereo says:

    Sorry, what exactly do I do after I get to “E: Couldn’t find package indicator-cpufreq”? Would somebody please walk me through this?

  13. rcmstereo says:

    Or direct me to the walk through


  14. rcmstereo says:

    never mind, i got it thanks

  15. sjlyoung says:

    You can add 2 (or more, 1 per CPU) using ‘add to panel’ as above, and then select each individual CPU in the ‘preferences’

  16. LEOXD says:

    Well, under 12.10 it at least works running indicator-cpufreq in the terminal, after that it is in the autorun-group and should work every time you boot…

  17. A Person says:

    I got it installed and everything, but it just has two options: performance and powersave. I want to be able to actually control the amount of GHz being used myself, this thing doesn’t allow me to do that.

  18. leeuwtje says:

    I’m on a HP pavilion 15 notebook (2015)
    This tool works great on this laptop and is a replacement for the HP coolsense tool in windows. Tip: install TLP together with cpu-frequency-indicator. It saves battery power!

    sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:linrunner/tlp
    sudo apt -y update
    sudo apt -y install tlp tlp-rdw tp-smapi-dkms acpi-call-dkms
    sudo tlp start

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