How to check Which Application is Draining Your Battery on Linux

Powertop is a tool to diagnose issues with power consumption and power management to help set power saving settings.

Installation

Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S powertop

Debian based (Ubuntu, Mint, Raspbian ..etc):

add-apt-repository ppa:eugenesan/ppa
apt-get update
apt-get install powertop -y

PowerTOP has been installed, you can use the following command to know more about it.

powertop --help

Profile battery usages

Following command will generate the HTML file called powerreport.html Open the report in your favorite web browser.

sudo powertop --html=powerreport.html

powerreport.html file will be stored on DIR where you are running this command.

result.png

Tuning

sudo powertop

The Tuning tab of the report shows the actual parameters suggested by the tool to apply to save power

For more information: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/powertop

Comments (3)

Sathya Prakash's photo

Thanks for the article mate. Much needed one for me. But where to check the powerreport.html report file?

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Gotcha!!! Thanks mate. Keep Rocking!!!