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Display the top ten running processes - sorted by memory usage

Terminal - Display the top ten running processes - sorted by memory usage
ps aux | sort -nk +4 | tail
2009-01-23 17:12:33
User: root
Functions: ps sort
Display the top ten running processes - sorted by memory usage

ps returns all running processes which are then sorted by the 4th field in numerical order and the top 10 are sent to STDOUT.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
ps aux --sort -rss | head
ps axo %mem,pid,euser,cmd | sort -nr | head -n 10

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What others think

The +n option is considered deprecated - a more up-to-date version of this command would be:

ps aux | sort -b -k 4 | tail

Comment by morpheus 324 weeks and 1 day ago

watch --differences -n 2 'ps aux | sort -r -nk +4 | head'

Comment by unixmonkey611 323 weeks and 5 days ago

whats wrong with

ps -auxw --sort rss

Comment by eneville 322 weeks and 6 days ago

ps aux | sort -nrk 4 | head

displays the same but in reverse order.

Comment by Roman 322 weeks and 4 days ago

Whats the best way to output the highest usage by CPU ?

Comment by felix001 300 weeks and 4 days ago


ps aux | sort -nrk 3 | head
Comment by pstadler 288 weeks and 4 days ago

More useful output - I just want memory usage and full command line:

ps -e -orss=,args= | sort -b -k1,1n | pr -TW$COLUMNS
Comment by craigds 281 weeks ago

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