How To Install Nload on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Nload on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nload on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Nload is a command-line-based real-time network traffic and bandwidth usage monitor. It visualizes the in and outgoing traffic using two graphs and provides additional info like the total amount of transferred data and min/max network usage.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Nload monitors network traffic and bandwidth usage on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Nload on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install net-tools

Step 3. Installing Nload on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Nload from Default Ubuntu Repository.

By default, Nload is available Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the latest version of Nload:

sudo apt install nload
  • Install Nload Using Source Code.

Now we download the Nload source code using wget command:


Next, extract it using the command:

tar xvf nload-0.7.4.tar.gz
cd nload-0.7.4/

After that, run the configure script using the command below:

sudo make
sudo make install

Step 3. Accessing Nload on Ubuntu.

Once successfully Nload, to use Nload run the simple command:


Alternatively, you can start the Nload by specifying the network devices name like:

nload wlo1

To display network statistics of all the devices at the same time, use the -m option as follows:

nload -m

Install Nload on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Nload. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Nload monitoring network bandwidth on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Nload website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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