System Monitoring : top

All you need to do to run top is command:


Top is an interactive tool. This means that you can continue to issue commands or options for top while it is running. Run top, then try:

  • u
  • d
  • m

Top is useful for finding resource-hogging processes so you can kill them, among other things.

There’s an exhaustive listing of command and display options at

The top command leads the list of “20 Linux System Monitoring Tools Every SysAdmin Should Know” by Vivek Gite, at