Display the top ten running processes - sorted by memory usage

ps aux --sort -rss | head

2012-11-14 17:47:50

4 Alternatives + Submit Alt

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

    ps aux | sort -nk +4 | tail
    root · 2009-01-23 17:12:33 136

  • 0
    ps axo %mem,pid,euser,cmd | sort -nr | head -n 10
    lainme · 2012-10-12 03:27:26 9
  • Display the top processes sorted by memory usage. This is mostly useful because it's easy to remember and can give me a quick 'top' view of a group of servers when used over pssh. (Though I'd recommend |head -10 to minimize the output). Show Sample Output

    top -b -o +%MEM |head -17
    dak1n1 · 2016-03-16 22:14:34 3
  • This command is better for just displaying the memory in KiB. Show Sample Output

    ps -eo size,command --sort -size | head
    bracourt · 2016-09-30 20:03:21 3

What Others Think

Thank you for sharing the data which is beneficial for me and others likewise who are in the software development field. http://affordableloosediamonds.com/cheap-diamonds-for-sale/tips-to-save-money-while-buying-diamonds/">buy cheap diamonds online Your blog entry merits the greater part of the positive input it's been getting.
TwanGrey · 16 weeks ago
I like this post Marina sports city is another venture presented in Al-Noor Orchard Lahore. It's a fascinating block, a surprising expansion to the profile of this top land society. Offering plots at reasonable costs on simplicity of portions, it's a strategic block with state of the art highlights and open doors. Includes most creative thoughts along with patterns, Marina Sports City Al-Noor Orchard is a different thing as well as heart-winning.
victoria12 · 4 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

You must be signed in to comment.

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands

Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: