Display the top ten running processes - sorted by memory usage

ps -eo size,command --sort -size | head
This command is better for just displaying the memory in KiB.
Sample Output
658740 /usr/bin/docker daemon --default-ulimit nofile=1024:4096
261756 docker-containerd -l /var/run/docker/libcontainerd/docker-containerd.sock --runtime docker-runc --start-timeout 2m
221784 /sbin/rsyslogd -i /var/run/syslogd.pid -c 5
94172 codedeploy-agent: InstanceAgent::Plugins::CodeDeployPlugin::CommandPoller of master 1933
16672 codedeploy-agent: master 1933
 8632 auditd
 3760 /usr/bin/atop -a -w /var/log/atop/atop_20160930 600
 2292 -zsh
 2292 -zsh

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By: bracourt
2016-09-30 20:03:21

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  • 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


    100
    ps aux | sort -nk +4 | tail
    root · 2009-01-23 17:12:33 9

  • 4
    ps aux --sort -rss | head
    unixmonkey42657 · 2012-11-14 17:47:50 0

  • 0
    ps axo %mem,pid,euser,cmd | sort -nr | head -n 10
    lainme · 2012-10-12 03:27:26 0
  • 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


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    top -b -o +%MEM |head -17
    dak1n1 · 2016-03-16 22:14:34 0

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