I'm using macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 and the Activity Monitor.app only shows the name of the process, and I can't configure it to show the full process paths via the GUI settings.

Is it possible to show full process paths in Activity Monitor.app? Maybe with a default command to toggle a hidden setting for the app?

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    The app doesn’t list it on the main page. Perhaps this is an XY question and you seek to do something different than the answers below?
    – bmike
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 17:59
  • @bmike Normally I would just use sudo htop for the job, but I wonder if there's a way to do it in the activity monitor... :)
    – Teddy C
    Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 0:40

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One way: select the process, then View -> Sample Process. In a few seconds a window will pop up like:

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"Path:" contains the fill path to the executable.


Follow the guide on quitting a process and instead of quit, choose the information icon.

When you review the open files and ports, the path to the process is near the top of the list.

Inspect open files and ports in macOS Big Sur Activity Monitor

You would want to script a better tool for this if you need a general purpose lister and don’t just need an occasional hint where to look for programs.

  • It only works for my processes, not the processes of root or other services.
    – Teddy C
    Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 0:43

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