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Install TLP on Ubuntu 15.04 and CentOS 7 – Reduce Overheating & Increase Laptop Battery Life

TLP  is a free, tiny utility that runs on the command line and reduces overheating and improves battery life for your laptop.  It is a lightweight utility as it does not have any heavy graphical user interface, simply install it and let it running, it will keep tracking and resolving overheating problems and also increases the life of your lapop’s battery. You don’t need to perform any special configuration, its default profile is well optimized and suited for more than 90% of laptops, but if you need to change or tweak its configuration, you can still do it using its config files; however, it is rarely needed. Let’s see how we can install this tool on Ubuntu 15.04 and Centos 7 operating systems.

Installing TLP on Ubuntu 15.04

The installation process for this tool is pretty simple, launch your system terminal and run following command to add its PPA to ubuntu package manager.

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp 

Once the PPA has been added, run following command to update your system’s package manager.

sudo apt-get update 

Install TLP by running the following commands:

sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw 
 sudo apt-get install tp-smapi-dkms acpi-call-dkms 

This is how the successful installation process should look like.

TLP Main

Installing TLP on CentOS 7

If you  are using CentOS, Fedora or Redhat Enterprise Linux operating systems, following command should install TLP on your system.

 yum install tlp tlp-rdw 

Once TLP has been installed successfully, start its service by running the following command:

 sudo tlp start 

That’s it, it will start automatically on your next system boots.


TLP is a pretty simple tool, it is lightweight and extremely useful too. It just keeps running in the background and improves your system’s health. If you are using your Linux system for extensive hours daily, you must have TLP installed. Try it out today, hopefully you will notice pleasant changes in your system’s performance.

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