How to monitor the display framerate

When an animation is running on the display, the related framerate can be monitored from the display driver level thanks to the command:

 (while true; do export fps=`cat /sys/kernel/debug/dri/0/state | grep fps -m1 | grep -o '[0-9]\+'`; echo display ${fps}fps; sleep 4; done) &

The display framerate is then periodically output in the user console in "fps" (frames per second):

display 50fps
display 50fps
display 50fps


  • Stop monitoring the framerate with the command "kill -9 `ps -o ppid= -C sleep`".
  • Adjust the framerate update period by modifying the "sleep" value (4 seconds in the example).
  • Use the command "dmesg -n8" to mix both user and kernel console outputs.
  • Debugfs configuration needs to be enabled.