mate-cpufreq-selector man page

mate-cpufreq-selector — A generic command line tool to change the cpu frequency.


mate-cpufreq-selector [Options]


This tool is a part of the CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor Applet for the MATE Panel. It can be called from the command line when installed. mate-cpufreq-selector is used to adjust the CPU Frequency settings if the system supports scaling.

This manual page briefly documents the mate-cpufreq-selector command.



Specify the CPU Number to adjust settings for. If no CPU is specified, CPU0 is assumed.

-g GOVERNOR, --governor=GOVERNOR

Specify a valid CPU Governor to use. (ie. conservative, ondemand, performance, powersave)

-f FREQ, --frequency=FREQ

Specify a CPU Frequency to set in KHz.

-?, -h, --help

Print standard command line options.


mate-cpufreq-selector --cpu=1 -g powersave

Set scaling Governor "Powersave" on CPU1

mate-cpufreq-selector -f 1200

Set max CPU Frequency to 1200KHz (1.2GHz) on CPU0


Should you encounter any bugs, they may be reported at


This Man Page has been written for the MATE Desktop Environment by

Adam Erdman <> (2014)


cpufreq-selector was originally written for gnome-applets by

Carlos García Campos <> (2004)

See Also

Further information may also be available at:


18 April 2014 MATE Desktop Environment