Is there a way to tell Activity Monitor to show me the process arguments the same way ps does for example?

So instead of this (Activity Monitor):


I would like to see this (ps):


If this is impossible in Activity Monitor, is there any other application that can do it? I have tried the latest htop from http://hisham.hm/htop but interestingly it is having the same issue. htop on Linux however was always showing process arguments similar to ps.

  • For the htop port, I believe that you need sudo to see arguments. As for Activity Manager, I don't believe you can. It's designed to be simple for average users.
    – user14492
    Mar 9, 2016 at 17:00
  • Even sudo does not help htop, it still displays /usr/bin/java.
    – bagonyi
    Mar 9, 2016 at 17:07
  • I would like to correct my comment above, the htop port (brew install htop-osx) does indeed show the arguments using sudo.
    – bagonyi
    Mar 10, 2016 at 13:41

1 Answer 1


To answer my own question: it is not possible to make Activity Monitor show the arguments, however using htop from the "htop" package does exactly what I want:

$ brew search htop
    htop ✔     htop-osx

$ htop

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