Monday, September 13, 2010

BitMeter OS: Open source, remote bandwidth monitor

BitMeter OS is a free, open-source, bandwidth monitoring application for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. BitMeter OS keeps track of the bandwidth of your internet or network connection, and allows you to view this information through your browser.

Unlike most Windows software, the application does not have an interface that you can access from the system tray. The program runs invisibly in the background and logs the amount of bytes transferred through the network interface to a database file. This file can be queried from the browser, the information retrieved and presented in numerous different graphs and charts.

The different kinds of information that you can view are:

A real-time graph of your network traffic with instantaneous upload and download speeds.


A history of amount of data uploaded and downloaded broken down into minutes, hours and days up to past several months. The data can also be downloaded as a CSV file.


A quick summary


You can also retrieve data from custom date range.


Furthermore, BitMeter OS allows you to create alerts that will notify you when you cross your daily or monthly bandwidth limit.

One of the program’s best feature is remote monitoring. Because the program’s interface is web based it is possible to remotely monitor the bandwidth usage of a computer on a network. All you have to do is allow the target computer to accept incoming connection at a specific port (port 2506). This makes BitMeter OS an excellent choice for small home and office network.

There is another advantage of using BitMeter OS. All the data is logged into a single database file which can be found on … \Users\Application Data\BitMeterOS\bitmeter.db. This makes backup easy.


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