OS X's task manager utility application. It is used to perform different tasks on computer processes, as well as monitor system resource usage.

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Why is search in Activity Monitor disabled?

The search on my activity monitor app is disabled/grayed out. I can't figure out how to enable it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! ps: mac noob here, be gentle please! :)
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Why does htop show different CPU levels for processes than top or Activity Monitor?

I installed htop through brew, real pleasure of a view compared with top. The totals across both CPUs for top align with the sum of totals per-CPU in htop. E.g. right now I see about 40% per CPU in ...
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Why is htop producing different reports than Activity Monitor?

I'm using htop on my Mac. I put it side by side with Activity Monitor, but the reports are widely different. On Activity Monitor, I can get finder using up to 100% of CPU, while it doesn't show at ...
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Yosemite Activity Monitor: '% CPU' column blank for certain processes (clang compiler)

I have been a bit confused recently when installing some software updates using MacPorts. Some of the packages required compilation, and as expected the CPU usage (and fans) went up, as indicated in ...
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Report Crash ~350% CPU Yosemite

10.10.3 There is a process, I do not know how its started and what it starts, which uses ~350% of the CPU. Its performed by 'root'. When I quit it from the activity monitor it comes back straight ...
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Firefox “not responding”, can't force quit, doesn't show in activity monitor

I have entered a weird state Firefox was open. The icon appears in the cmd+tab task menu. In the dock it shows as "not responding". Force Quit does nothing though. Ok... but then it doesn't show ...
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OSX Yosemite uses over 500mb daily, without me using it. And only the total data received shown in Activity Monitor - no detail in specific process

Almost every day, about 560mb of data is received and I'm not downloading anything. When I check in the Activity Monitor, it shows the 560mb usage, but in the list of processes, there is hardly any ...
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Is firefox hiding from the energy monitor?

Since Firefox 38, it is no longer showing in the activity monitor in the energy tab, are other people experiencing this? How can a process hide from the energy monitor in the first place? I think ...
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Clicking on Activity Monitor's Dock icon won't maximize the window

I've got an early 2011 13" MBP running OS X 10.10.4 PB, but this issue has been happening on literally every version of Yosemite, stable and public beta, since the initial PB release. You know how if ...
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Puzzled by softwareupdated's storage usage, as reported by Activity Monitor

I want to understand what is being reported by the Activity Monitor for softwareupdated. It reports that softwareupdated has around 430MB of memory (it varies), but if I click on it it reports: ...
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Process running for several minutes in Sleep mode

My Mac OS is OS X Yosemite (Version 10.10.2). Normally I put the mac in Sleep mode before going to bed, and I realize very often that the machine starts to run in the night just for several minutes ...
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Activity Monitor: Resetting “Average Energy Impact” stats

I'm trying to diagnose ongoing energy usage on my MacBook Air, and while Activity Monitor's Energy tab is useful, I want to reset the "Average Energy Impact" stats for all processes. (It's displayed ...
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How to find out process owner of unidentified windows?

I have an odd error that I have not been able to associate with an application or PID properly. In Windows, there is Process Explorer with the very handy target function that allows you to click it ...
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Accountsd using lots of CPU constantly

This dreaded issue started at some time after upgrade to OS X (Yosemite) 10.10.3. accountsd uses about 60% CPU constantly, making the laptop hot and noisy. I'm not using iCloud at all. Killing it ...
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Macbook Pro Hangs/Freezes sometimes

I don't turn off my MacBook Pro very often, and sometimes it just freezes and restarts itself after a few seconds. Its very annoying, especially when I'm working on something. I contacted support a ...
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Skype is using 60% to 80% CPU

I have a Mid-2014 15" MacBook Pro with an Nvidia graphics card. Skype uses around 60% - 80% CPU on my computer when I make a call (doesn't matter if it is video or voice call). I tried doing SMC and ...
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Discoveryd & LaunchServicesd Huge Memory Consumption

I have been troubleshooting why my Mac Mini is running slow and stumbled upon this: The memory usage is in the GB! On my MacBook the two processes take under 10 MB together. Why are these procs ...
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Super high network usage OS X Yosemite

I've been monitoring Activity Monitor on my Macbook air running Yosemite for a month or two now and I've noticed my network data usage is pretty high (this is what I think). I usually reboot my ...
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Strange Process in Activity Monitor. Unable to search online

I (somewhat) recently did a fresh install, and the system was feeling a bit sluggish after installing Chrome and some extensions so I checked the Activity Monitor and found the below process. Anyone ...
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Wired memory in activity monitor

Activity monitor shows me that I have 11Gb wired but only 5Gb used for 2 processes (others are neglible). Where are other 6GB? When I try to start new virtual machine with 500M RAM it says that I do ...
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How to tell what program is launching softwareupdated?

My Macbook was running really slow after opening it up and so I opened Activity Monitor and saw one process called softwareupdated that was not responding. It didn't say it was using any CPU but my ...
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Programs running in background mac

I suspect my Macbook Pro has been hacked by sophisticated hackers who may have even customized some special malware for my computer. Is there anyway to tell from looking at the MacBook Pro Activity ...
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How to show command of a process in activity monitor?

I want to see the exact commands of some processes in activity monitor, as most linux process monitor can do. Is it possible with activity monitor?
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Application eating ~840,000,000% of my CPU

I noticed that sometime some application are using some impossibly high amount of my CPU according to the Activity Monitor, as the screenshots below illustrate. How comes Activity Monitor displays ...
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How to stop an app from running completely on OS X?

Few days back I installed Team Viewer on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks. It worked fine at the first. Now the app is stuck on the dock saying "Application not responding" and it's ...
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Is there a way to show each CPU's load separately?

I'm seeking an equivalent of a common Linux based process monitor, which shows a history graph for each CPU core. This can help identify programs that are effectively using all the cores (here, ...
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Activity Monitor suddenly showing all cores in Dock icon

After upgrading my MBP from Mavericks to Yosemite, the "CPU History" option of the Activity Monitor only showed one aggregate graph. After reinstalling Yosemite from scratch, I suddenly have 8 tiny ...
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Safari 8 on Yosemite Spawning distnoted process and spiking CPU load

My Safari 8 was hijacked by Open-Search.com after updating OS to Yosemite (10.10). The effect was two fold, my home page was hijacked by Open-Search/MacKeeper and the CPU started to load spikes at ...
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How to know which apps to shutdown when there is overheating?

I once unfortunately closed a program that I found in the Activity Monitor to be using a lot of resources. A bit of Context: that day my macbook pro was suddenly heating up like crazy and the usually ...
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What does “Vector 0xdd(TMR)” do and how can I fix a problem that I'm having with it?

I am currently having problems with kernal_task using ~2GB of RAM and looking at what advice exists I ran sysdiagnose and in powermeterics.txt I found that Vector 0xdd(TMR) was doing ~20,000 ...
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How does Activity Monitor get the URLs related to a “Safari Web Content” process?

Does anyone know how Activity Monitor.app gets the list of URLs that are related to a Safari Web Content process? Those processes show up as com.apple.WebKit.WebContent in ps output.
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Am I being monitored?

I have a few questions to ask regarding the parental controls. I have a MacBook Pro OS X version 10.9.4. and it was bought by my ex to help me with my medical schooling. We’re no longer together. ...
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Does anyone know of an alternative to CPULED that is not connected to the AppStore?

Just want something similar (UI/ease of use) that is a freeware. :) I can make a copy of the app that is installed in Applications but when I install it in another Mac, it wants me to login to the ...
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activity monitor – “0 bytes” swap used always reported

Whenever my system gets slow, I open Activity Monitor to check my RAM usage and close any apps that are consuming a lot of memory, but that I don't absolutely need to be running. RAM usage is always ...
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Looking for a free system monitoring tool

I'm looking for a system monitoring tool, preferably a free one. I don't care if it's an actual app or sits in my terminal. Activity Monitor doesn't give me all the information I want at once. ...
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Possibility of allocating memory into different applications - Activity monitor or a 3rd party source

Is there a possibility to allocate different amounts of memory into a certain application, or prioritize that application to receive more memory. I am almost positive you cannot do this task with ...
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Hits ram ceiling on boot

I just restarted my Late 2011 Macbook Pro. 3.58Gb-3.71Gb / 4.00GB are being use right out the gate. It takes forever for anything to load. I'm very interested in purchasing new ram, but for the time ...
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CPU at 100%, but no processes showing significant usage

Situation: All 4 cores maxed out. Mac noticeably lagging. Attempted Solution: (Reveals wildly contradictory information.) Closed all applications Opened Activity Monitor Totaled all Process ID ...
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How to group cpu cores in Activity Monitor (Mavericks 10.9.2)?

I've got MacBook Pro with 4 cores and Hyper-Threading(HT). I've also got a MacBook Air with two cores and HT. On both devices I've set Activity Monitor to show CPU History (View -> Dock Icon -> Show ...
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OSX Mavericks using up RAM

I've had Mavericks installed for over a few months now, and the computer has slowly been degrading since then. Before I installed Mavericks, my computer ran fine; now it is always using up all 4 GB of ...
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Why does speech recognition take up 1 GM or RAM suddenly? And GMail in Safari 738 MB?

I did enable speech recognition just in case, but very rarely use it, and I did not remember even accidentally activating it since bootup. Now I simply have a few apps running under Mavericks, and I ...
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Blank process name in Activity Monitor on OS X Mavericks

In my activity monitor I have noticed that there is a process appearing that has no name. It is owned by root. How can I find out what this process is?
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How do I kill a process that won't die?

I'm unable to kill a process using any of the techniques I'm aware of ("Force Quit" in Activity Monitor, top, killall from the Terminal) and wonder if there are some additional steps I can take. ~ ...
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Monitor disk activity per volume without third-party software

I have many disks/volumes connected to my OS X system. I want to monitor, in real-time, read/write speed for each volume. OS 10.9 activity monitor shows only the cumulative numbers for all volumes, ...
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How long can my MacBook Pro sustain greater than 100% CPU usage?

The Activity Monitor app says my macbook pro 10.7.5 is at 300% CPU usage when I'm trying to install and sync my Bitcoin-Qt client. I let in run like this with the fan going crazy for 4 hours without ...
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How to log system activity the whole day

How can I log my Macs system activity the whole day (on OS X Mavericks)? E.g. memory and CPU usage? Update I tried OsTrack, but it crashes all the time.
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How to prevent PressAndHold from loading?

I have already disabled PressAndHold through terminal, but I see that it still appears as a process on Activity Monitor. It is taking 2.9 MB for me, but I want it to stop and not to begin at all. When ...
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Any app or script to track per process usage?

I am running a process and I want to track it's CPU usage and in the end I would like to have a graph of time vs CPU usage. Any app or script for that? I googled and I couldn't find any. And activity ...
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In Activity Monitor, is the percentage out of each core or out of each virtual core?

I have my new MacBook Pro with 2 cores. However, the Activity Monitor shows me 4 “virtual” cores. (I don’t really know what a “virtual core” is.) If the processor is running at maximum, what ...
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What can I do if an application is “Not Responding”?

An application is reported as "Not Responding" by the activity monitor and "sleeping" by top. I am very reluctant to kill it because I will lose my work. Is there anything I could do? E.g., kill ...