Another way to monitor the performance of a server or of a laptop is to display the network activity graphically. In this article we are going to talk about Etherape and its amazing potential.


EtherApe is a graphical network monitor for Unix modeled after etherman.
Basically it displays network activity graphically.
It is very useful if you want to keep under control the performance of your device. We have already talked about this topic in the article related to Monitorix.
Etherape will help you to this end.


As usual we have used Arch Linux as OS but the procedure is similar to all the others.
Before you install Etherape, you may want to verify that the following packages are installed on your system, because they are required in order to compile:

  • libpcap
  • GTK+
  • Libglade 2
  • Gnome
  • The standard resolver library (exact name varies with OS and distribution)

Luckily the package is constantly updated, in fact the last update dates back to February 10th 2017.
It supports Ethernet, FDDI, Token Ring, ISDN, PPP, SLIP and WLAN devices, plus several encapsulation formats.
On Arch Linux just run

$ sudo paceman -S etherape

Furthermore the code is open-source and you can find the whole project on sourceforge.


To view system stats simply run Etherape


When you start EtherApe, the traffic you see is depending on whether actively passing through your network. BTW you can see all the protocols in detail. It is a great tool to use for troubleshooting your network.



Etherape also allows you to personalize the graphic interface according to your needs.


You can change traffic filter, ports, nodes, colors and much more!
Hosts and links change in size with traffic. Etherape can filter traffic to be shown, and can read packets from a file as well as live from the network. Another important feature is that node statistics can be exported. For more information about this project here you can find the official site and the FAQ section

A lot of traffic


Have fun!