since: 2.70


interface Gio.PowerProfileMonitor : Gio.Initable

GPowerProfileMonitor makes it possible for applications as well as OS components to monitor system power profiles and act upon them. It currently only exports whether the system is in “Power Saver” mode (known as “Low Power” mode on some systems).

When in “Low Power” mode, it is recommended that applications: - disable automatic downloads; - reduce the rate of refresh from online sources such as calendar or email synchronisation; - reduce the use of expensive visual effects.

It is also likely that OS components providing services to applications will lower their own background activity, for the sake of the system.

There are a variety of tools that exist for power consumption analysis, but those usually depend on the OS and hardware used. On Linux, one could use upower to monitor the battery discharge rate, powertop to check on the background activity or activity at all), sysprof to inspect CPU usage, and intel_gpu_time to profile GPU usage.

Don’t forget to disconnect the GObject::notify signal for GPowerProfileMonitor:power-saver-enabled, and unref the GPowerProfileMonitor itself when exiting.

Available since: 2.70


In order to implement PowerProfileMonitor, your type must inherit fromGInitable.



Gets a reference to the default GPowerProfileMonitor for the system.

since: 2.70

Instance methods


Gets whether the system is in “Power Saver” mode.

since: 2.70



Whether “Power Saver” mode is enabled on the system.

since: 2.70

Interface structure

struct GioPowerProfileMonitorInterface {
  /* no available fields */

The virtual function table for GPowerProfileMonitor.