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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Memory terminology in Mavericks Activity Monitory

In Mavericks, the Activity Monitor has changed its memory terminology. The columns available when viewing processes in the memory tab now include "Memory", "Real Memory", "Real Private Memory", "Real ...
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What scale or measure does Mavericks' and Yosemite's “memory pressure” adhere to?

Mavericks' (and also Yosemite's) Activity Monitor shows a new diagram, the memory pressure. Sadly, its help text only vaguely explains what exactly it measures. How is memory pressure calculated? ...
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Activity Monitor in Mavericks “Show Memory Usage” dock icon gone?

I just purchased a new MacBook Pro with Mavericks installed and noticed that Activity Monitor doesn't have the "Show Memory Usage" dock icon option anymore. I really liked this option since I used it ...
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Google Chrome Helper for “GPU Process” constantly shown as non responsive in OS X 10.9

I upgraded to OS X 10.9 yesterday, and since then, one Google Chrome Helper is constantly red in Activity Monitor. I checked the PID (375) in Google Chrome's own task manager, and it is GPU Process. I ...
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In Mavericks' Activity Monitor, what is a “Zombie?”

I have Nginx installed; compiled via MacPorts, and configured to launch on start-up. When I go to the Disk tab of Activity Monitor after installing Mavericks, the nginx process(es) is listed with a ...
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How to monitor CPU core usage?

I have a Macbook Pro 15" with the quad core i7. I am looking to see what if any performance decrease I could expect moving to a 13" Macbook Pro with a dual core i7. To that end I thought Activity ...
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HP Product Research on Activity Log

I'm seeing an item on my activity monitor called 'HP Product Research.' I assume it's associated with some HP Printer drivers that I no long need, and have have removed, but this tracker keeps ...
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What do the appleprofilepolicyd and wdhelper processes do?

I found in activity monitor appleprofilepolicyd and wdhelper but after googling a while didn't found any interesting information: wdhelper - could be a webdrive or webdav - found only wdhelper.dll ...
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What do appleeventsd and AppleIDAuthAgent do?

I looked in the activity monitor to clarify what are those processes and started with alphabetic order. I know different resources where many processes are described. But appleeventsd and ...
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Activity Monitor showing significantly less memory than About This Mac

I've noticed this has been asked many, many times in the past, but I think my question/problem might be slightly different. Over the last year I've found my Mac has slowed down to a point where it's ...
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Understanding active, inactive, free and swap memory allocation

this is a conceptual question that came up from an issue I have. I've been monitoring memory usage with iStat Pro and Activity Monitor for some weeks, since my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.8.4 Mountain Lion ...
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How does Apple calculate the energy consumption of a process in OS X Mavericks

In OS X Mavericks you can monitor the energy consumption of different processes in Activity Monitor. Here we can see 'Energy Impact' and Avg Energy Impact' and that the values can exceed 100. Also ...
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Activity Monitor showing a process that takes 600% CPU? [duplicate]

See Handbrake CPU usage... What's wrong with my activity monitor?
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Spotlight constantly indexes MacBook Air (Lion). Takes up 50+% of cpu

So I noticed my Air was running very slow. Opened Activity monitor and noticed a process mdworker taking up most of the space. I googled it and it seems to be related to Spotlight. I opened Spotlight ...
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Kill processes automatically that get over x % CPU

I have a (rather annoying) process on my iMac that tends to get out of control. Unfortunately, it's not possible to get rid of it. Much as I want to. This process is fine at first - using 1-2 % of ...
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How do I read this Activity Monitor report?

I was trying to figure out why my Mountain Lion server was running slow, and I when I opened Activity Monitor this is what I saw: Question 1: how am I getting >400% of CPU on the summed CPU column, ...
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What are only necessary processes (minimal set) for OS X work?

What are only necessary processes (minimal set) for OS X work? What are the differences in the sets for different versions (Lion minimal set, Mountain Lion minimal set)? What are the processes that ...
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Is there a network usage utility that shows data usage by network connection

I use my Mountain Lion MacBook Air to connect to the internet using various methods. At home, I use my wired connection, which does not have a cap. Sometimes though, I connect via my iPad, which uses ...
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What kind of “messages” does Activity Monitor track with the “Messages Sent” and “Messages Received” columns?

In Activity Monitor on OS X, it is possible to add additional columns to the process list view. Two columns available in that list are "Messages Sent" and "Messages Received", which show up as "Sent ...
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How to disable the docked Finder monitor pop-up on OS X?

Attached is the screen shot of annoying screen monitor round cornered box, not sure what thats called. I dont know how it appeared!!! I wanna disable it. The Command+option+escape window doesn't show ...
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What is installd, and why is it eating my CPU?

My Macbook is frying my lap, and the CPU monitor is going crazy: over 200% CPU being used by something called "installd". What is it? Can I kill it? (OS X 10.8.)
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Is there a way to switch to the selected process in activity monitor?

I'm wondering if there's a way to bring focus to a process that's in "activity monitor". Specifically, I've got a bunch of Google Chrome processes and I'm trying to figure out which process ...
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Is there an application to analyze this which application created a generic process in ram?

I noticed a generic "Java" process is using between 1-2GB of Ram after I upgraded to Mountain Lion. I know a lot of the apps I use require java. I have closed out all my apps and still it is using ...
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killing httpd spawns new processes

In short, I need to kill all httpd processes so I can run a particular program. When I go to Activity Monitor and Quit all of the httpd processes, a new one is immediately spawned. I'm not sure what ...
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Is there a htop-on-linux like alternative for top / Activity Monitor on OS X?

I'm looking for a better alternative for top. Both top and Activity Monitor are highly limited with regards to features. In particular, I'm interested in the following features: Limit processes by ...
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There is a process called SH using 100% of my CPU

I checked the Activity Monitor and noticed 2 processes called sh that were eating my CPU. What apps are related to these processes and how can I stop them from eating all CPU?
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Mac has enough memory, but still pages in, is that a problem?

I recently upgraded my memory, but I notice that while the OS does NOT page out at all (from what I see in Activity Monitor), the machine pages in regardless. Why does that happen? Is that a problem? ...
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How can I remove remnant processes from deleted preference panes?

I discovered in Activity Monitor that I have several leftover processes running in the background that shouldn't be there anymore. I deleted these preference panes long ago with an application that ...
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How many cores does a Mid 2012 Macbook Air have?

I checked the specs, and the i5-3427U CPU has 2 cores. But the Activity Monitor shows 4 little charts for the CPU, so it looks like 4 cores. Which is correct? Why does the Activity Monitor have 4 ...
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Why do httpd and mysqld processes not show up in Activity Monitor?

I'm running Mountain Lions built in Apache2 server. I have started the server and I can see the web pages but I can't see any httpd process in the Activity Monitor. Same goes for MySQL. I can't see ...
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Keyboard Viewer via keyboard shortcut wont actually quit after closing it

I managed to add a shortcut for keyboard viewer via BetterTouchTool. However, once I run Keyboard Viewer and close via the red X button, I cannot re-open it again via a shortcut. So I checked activity ...
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What's the difference between real memory and CPU, and what are there effects on the performance of my computer?

In Activity Monitor, there are a couple fields: "PID", "Process Name", "User", "%CPU", "Threads", "Real Mem", and "Kind". I'm not familiar with the inner workings of computers and the related ...
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How does 'stuck' (in results of 'top') relate to 'not responding' (in Activity Monitor), 'spin' or 'hang'?

In results of top commands, I sometimes see stuck. Apple's top(1) OS X Manual Page does not explain this use of the word. How, if it all, does stuck relate to the following? not responding – ...
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Getting a list of currently running processes

I'd like to get a list of all the applications currently running on my machine using the command line. It should be similar to what you get when you open up Activity Monitor and choose to save the ...
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Why does Apple Activity Monitor report that my Mac with a dual-core Intel i5 Ivy Bridge CPU has 4 cores?

I just got a new Apple MacBook Pro 13", mid-2012, which has a dual-core Intel i5 Ivy Bridge CPU. When I run Activity Monitor and turn on the Floating CPU Window, it shows a 4-bar graph (indicating 4 ...
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Alternative activity monitors for OS X?

I’m a bit intrigued by the new detailed activity monitors and progress indicators in Windows 8 (copying files, the task monitor, network activity, etc.) It got me thinking: surely there must be some ...
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Memory usage on Mac OS, how Activity monitor works?

I have these stats, but is the system really using almost 4GB? This Inactive memory... Can't I use it? How should I interpret these stats?
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Why can't this process terminate?

Just recently I ran into an issue where my network program couldn't bind to a port because it was already in use. I opened the activity monitor and realized it (named "server") was already running ...
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How many threads is normal in OSX Lion?

I just rebooted my system and right now Activity Monitor is showing over 500 threads running. Before I rebooted it was over 900. Is that normal?
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VM size in Activity Monitor: hundreds of GB?

When I open the Activity Monitor, I get something looking like this: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1342. But why the heck is "VM size" around 100-200 GB?? Here is the capture from the apple support: ...
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Make Activity Monitor show more than 4 cores worth of CPU usage in the Dock

Is it possible to force more than 4 cores in the Dock, this looks like a feature apple does not want after checking out Mac OS X: Activity Monitor shows one CPU Usage graph on systems with more than ...
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Activity process does not terminate?

I am using a Mac and I use Macvim for programming. If my program happens to go into an infinite loop and I have to quit Macvim and restart it due to this the program will restart but the program ...
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Help identify what uses the CPU when the Activity Monitor list of all processes does not help

Problem After rebooting, and with only Activity Monitor open, my MacBook Pro (10.6, i7) shows a very high idle % (98% or higher) but then shortly after drops down to 40% - 50%. In the Activity ...
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What is webfilterdnsd process?

What is webfilterdnsd process running on my machine? Its started by user "nobody". Not able to find any other information on it online. How can I get more information on processes running on my mac? ...
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How can one filter MULTIPLE processes in Activity Monitor?

How can I look at several processes at once, instead of just one? For example… typing in bash, shows bash processes.. how to I show both bash and say httpd? First thoughts.. bash|httpd, no. Or bash ...
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Issue with deleting user account

I want to delete a user account before selling my machine, so I chose the secure delete account option in System Preferences > Users & Groups. I think I saw a progress bar at first as it was ...
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How can I see bandwidth usage on a Mac?

I am having internet problems and the ISP technicians suggested that something is using my bandwidth. Is there a software to monitor which processes use how much bandwidth?
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Is there an utility which can profile and report on the activity of a single process?

Activity monitor can report on a single processes's disk and cpu usage at a single point in time. The "Sample Process" feature is good for debugging, but doesn't provide easily digestible ...
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Activity Monitor showing ~3,000% percent CPU under normal use

Shows huge percentages for dropbox but total is normal, and everything seems to be running fine. I have a Macbook with Intel Core2Duo
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How can I see which processes are draining my macbook battery by percentage?

Android devices have a screen that shows you approximately what applications and processes are using your battery, by percentage. I'm wondering, in theory, can this be done on a MacBook? How do you ...