Under ambient conditions, plastic flow in metallic glasses is sharply localized into shear bands. The heat content of, and consequent temperature rise at, shear bands in three bulk metallic glasses are compared using a recently reported fusible coating method. The minimum shear offsets necessary to detect local heating are determined. It is shown that the dependence of heat content on offset is consistent with frictional heating in the band. The effective stress on the band undergoing shear is 50–70% of the macroscopic shear stress, a ratio compared with simulations of shear-band initiation and operation. It is also noted that frictional heating can occur not only at shear bands, but also at mixed-mode cracks.