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Original author(s)Teemu Toivola
Initial release23 September 2002; 21 years ago (2002-09-23)[1]
Stable release
2.12 / 21 January 2024; 2 months ago (2024-01-21)[2]
Written inC
Operating systemLinux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, macOS
Available inEnglish
TypeNetwork Utility
LicenseGNU General Public License

vnStat is a network utility for the Linux operating system. It uses a command line interface. vnStat command is a console-based network traffic monitor. It keeps a log of hourly, daily and monthly network traffic for the selected interface(s) but is not a packet sniffer. The traffic information is analyzed from the proc filesystem. That way vnStat can be used even without root permissions.[3]


vnStat is a console-based network traffic monitor that uses the network interface statistics provided by the kernel as information source. This means that vnStat won't actually be sniffing any traffic and also ensures light use of system resources. vnStat had an Initial public release in 23-Sep-2002 (version 1.0) by Teemu Toivola.

On 8 March 2004 its webpage moved to and a man page was included.

On 4 November 2006 was included in Debian for Testing Watch [4] and on 17 November 2006 was removed and next day was accepted 1.4-4 version. On 20 February 2010 was accepted 1.10-0.1 version in Debian.[5] Nowadays Debian keeps a full history[6] about vnstat by using a Rich Site Summary.

On 26 April 2012 was included in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin[7]

On 16 February 2017 a 1.17 version was released.[8]

Control keys[edit]

vnStat is a command line program and uses sames control keys, for example, Ctrl+C stops live monitoring.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CHANGES - changelog".
  2. ^ "Releases". GitHub. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  3. ^ CentOS RHEL: Install vnStat Network Traffic Monitor To Keep a Log Of Daily Traffic
  4. ^ Makholm, Henning (4 November 2006). "vnstat 1.4-4 MIGRATED to testing". News for package vnstat. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  5. ^ Oboukhov, Dmitry (20 February 2010). "Accepted vnstat 1.10-0.1 (source i386)". News for package vnstat. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Debian package news for vnstat".
  7. ^ Kirkland, Dustin (26 April 2012). "vnstat_1.11-1_i386". Ubuntu Manuals. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  8. ^ Toivola, Teemu (16 February 2017). "CHANGES". vnStat Change Log. Retrieved 16 September 2017.

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