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Questions tagged [activity-monitor]

macOS' 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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Launchd process behavior

just wanted to ask a quick question I can't seem to find a straight answer to. What is normal "launchd" process behavior I should be seeing in Activity Monitor? Right now it is writing GB's of data ...
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Missing CoreAudio process in Activity Monitor

I have always had the buzzing audio issue that comes with the 2018 MacBook Pro Models (I'm still convinced its an audio buffer size mismatch error). Up until now, I have always used the Kill CoreAudio ...
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Process “warmd” keep busy mac after upgrading to macOS 10.14.4

After upgrading my Mac mini to macOS Mojave 10.14.4, every time I restart the computer the process "warmd" keep busy CPU and hard disk for 10-15 minutes, with great "spooling" noise and slowing down ...
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System process logger

I have been having repeated issues with my MacBook Pro where it freezes during trivial finder tasks like scrolling through directories or opening relatively small files. Sometimes the computer is able ...
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My activity lists a lot of processes. Is it normal?

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) macOS Mojave 10.14.3 (18D109) Profiling a little bit my system I found that the activity Monitor is showing a huge amount of processes what I am not even ...
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Activity Monitor - Dock Icon - dual core is displayed with 4 columns

View > Dock Icon has two CPU choices: Show CPU Activity Show CPU History I am on a dual core (MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014). In both views, I see 4 items. Using High Sierra.
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How can I determine whether all processes running on my Mac are legit?

When I open activity monitor I see 355 processes. A lot of them are part of macOS but I obviously don't know every one of them. How can I verify that the processes running on my Mac are legit (e.g. ...
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VS Code - Code Helper process using more than 100% CPU on macOS

I noticed that my MacBook gets hot and noisy (fans) when using VS Code (v1.31). The Activity Monitor shows the process Code Helper using more than 100% of CPU. It started happening with one repository ...
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How to get time-dependent CPU usage logs?

Sometimes my MacBook pro 2017 starts rotating the fan very fast. It's hard to see if there is anything abnormal in the Activity monitor because it looks pretty much as always but the total CPU load. ...
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How do I kill pboard from command line?

I'm sick of manually killing the pboard process in Activity Monitor to recover my copy & paste. Is there a Terminal Command I can run instead?
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UserEventAgent Not Responding (MacBook Pro 2018 Mojave)

I opened activityMonitor and covered that UserEventAgent lighted red color. How can I fix this?
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iCloud Sync activity log

Trying to figure out how to see activity happening while iCloud Files is syncing. The macOS Console application shows messages from cloudd, but nothing very useful: The Activity Monitor does not show ...
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How can I distinguish a service form a process in Activity Monitor?

Is there a way to determine if an entry listed in Activity Monitor is a service (daemon) or a process (application)? Examples: Firefox (application) com.apple.audio.SandboxHelper (daemon?) Is there ...
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How do I relate Activity Monitor's Disk “Data read/sec” and “Data written/sec” to overall data transfer rate?

I'm trying to understand just how much speed I'm getting when writing big files out one of my MacBook Pro's USB 3.0 sockets to an external drive, also with USB 3.0. An example is the copying -- via a ...
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What is this mystery process: “-i”?

I have a mystery process visible in Activity Monitor, simply called "-i" - don't remember ever seeing this before. Its parent process is launchd, and belongs to root. Persists between reboots; ...
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com.apple.hiservices-xpcservice results in frequent hangs and freezes in my mac

Problem: com.apple.hiservices-xpcservice hangs repeatedly ever since I upgraded to macOS Mojave 10.14.1. Now,everytime the process hangs it is indicated by red colored fonts in the Activity Monitor. ...
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What do Memory and Compressed Memory columns mean exactly in Activity Monitor

I'm aware what compressed memory is from answers like this and Apple support but what I can't find is what exactly the usage means. Take my system right now: Is it telling me the top process is ...
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Wi-Fi taking up lot of memory

Since the last major upgrade to macOS Mojave, I have the Wi-Fi process taking up a lot of memory and in an exponentially way. Time to time I need to force quit it in Activity Monitor because it takes ...
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What is the process „Tornit“? It wants to access Safari documents & passwords

I was using Safari a couple of days ago, when I got a pop-up window: Tornit wants to control Safari and access your documents and passwords. Do you allow it? I clicked No. Tornit is a process I ...
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Activity monitor stops updating or intermittently updates

Since I upgraded to High Sierra, the Activity Monitor has been relatively unusable for me. When I launch it, it updates for a while, but after a while (especially after a time of high CPU load), it ...
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How can a process have 970% CPU usage on a dual-core computer?

My MacBook has a dual-core processor with hyperthreading, so 4 software cores. Seems like the maximum CPU usage would be 400%? I missed the screenshot, but today kernel_task shot up to 970% CPU for a ...
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Macbook performance issues with browsers

I have a MacBook Pro from 2013, and I'm having issues in both Chrome and Firefox - both are slowing down to a crawl, and when I check Activity Monitor I have multiple processes (in all the 'tabs' at ...
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Why is Adobe Acrobat using only one core for a heavy task, and how can I make it perform faster?

Adobe Acrobat is performing Optical Character Recognition on a document with thousands of pages. This is a heavy task which will take hours. Activity Monitor tells me that Acrobat is only using one ...
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Tracing real-time filesystem calls by process?

I suspect my backupd is performing a full filesystem scan. I can't tell because I don't know how to use Activity Monitor (or something else) to see what directories and files backupd is reading or ...
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How process hierarchy works in macOS

I'm wondering how Activity Monitor relates these two process if the child (Safari Web Content) doesn't have the ppid of the main one (Safari). pstree, which uses the ppid to organize the tree, shows ...
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What could cause a huge spike in Unix System Calls for a process and how to debug

Computer Stats Mac mini (Late 2014) 2.8 GHz i5 8 GB RAM 10.13.5 High Sierra (upgraded from Sierra this week while debugging this issue) Background I recently noticed that a certain tab in Chrome ...
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Is it possible to disable ending specific processes in Activity Monitor?

I use FocusMe for productivity reasons and such. The software works quite well, especially since my roommate agreed to create and safeguard a password. But, in order to prevent the program from ...
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How can I display Activity Monitor's “Memory” columns through Terminal?

Activity Monitor has a number of columns that show different measurements of memory usage for each process. Including: Memory Real Memory (various) Compressed Memory How can I display these for a ...
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Why is Illustrator throttled to 2% speed when it's in the background?

I regularly run a .jsx script in Adobe Illustrator that saves a bunch of files in a particular format. while Illustrator is the active app, running the script on 5 files takes 23 seconds. When ...
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Activity Monitor dock icon CPU history aggregate

On my old Mac I have a CPU history icon showing single aggregate graph. On the new Mac running the same OS version and having the same number of cores I can't seem to find this option. History only ...
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What is portProxy.bin and why is it sucking/eating/using up my CPU?

Through today, portProxy.bin has been eating up my CPU, constantly using about 60% and making the fans in my computer whizz up. I'm guessing it might be connected to my VPN use, but now I haven't ...
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Why is “Real Memory” greater than “Memory” for kernel_task process?

What exactly does Activity Monitor's Memory column mean? How come in the example situation below (from a macOS High Sierra system) the Real Mem column is greater than the Memory column? According ...
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the `Flash Player` occupy CPU is very high after I open a Flash page

In Safari I open a page that contains Flash, after I close the page. in the Activity Monitor, the Flash Player occupy CPU is very high, and whats the meaning of the red color? My model is Macbook Pro ...
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Safari shows blue dot below Dock icon though it's not in process table [duplicate]

Summary: Safari is running according to the Dock (icon has dot below it, and right-click shows "Force Quit"); however Activity Monitor doesn't show it and ps -ef | grep -i saf returns nothing. ...
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Why aren't my cores more busy?

just purchased a 2010 Mac Pro, running High Sierra. It has 12 lovely cores. But, when I look at the CPU activity in the CPU History half of the rows are blank (image below). Does this suggest one ...
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What is this no-name item in Activity Monitor's Energy tab?

I'm running macOS High Sierra and just noticed a couple of these processes with an icon but no name. See screenshot below.
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Processes in Activity Monitor with gray lettering

Why are there some processes listed in Activity Monitor for applications that I've recently quit? They are displayed in light grey characters under the Energy tab, and the only column with data is the ...
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Random extreme CPU spikes on random browser tasks

I've noticed that every once in a few days (sometimes daily) my CPU spikes to a 120% or such usage when any of my browsers are open. The scenario is weird, today I was watching a movie using VLC ...
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What's the normal value for cached files?

My computers been randomly shutting down. I've noticed on activity monitor that cached files is almost always at 8GB+, even with no programs running. Is this a normal value? If not, how do I diagnose ...
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What is mediaremoteagent under Activity Monitor?

Under activity monitor there's a process called mediaremoteagent. I can't find any information about this process. What is this process and is it safe to disable it?
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What could cause swapping when there is no memory spike?

I had a performance issue recently, which I was able to capture in the Monitor. It looks like there was plenty of free memory, but then suddenly the graph goes red, with no real spiking. Could this ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch between Activity Monitor tabs?

Are there keyboard shortcuts to switch between or select specific Activity Monitor View, e.g. CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk & Network? Use case example, instead of clicking with the mouse, it'd be ...
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What is the “rm” process in Activity Monitor

The rm terminal command is being invoked (by an app, not through terminal), and the process has been running for a while at 100%. Here it is in Activity Monitor: Why is it seemingly stuck working so ...
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Why is Activity Monitor showing two different memory values for the same process?

In Activity Monitor, I am getting two different values for the same process, mds_stores. The usage was around 4 GB an hour ago in the list and the window. It was high because I was reindexing my ...
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Is it normal for LaunchD to write over 600 megs of data to /private/var/db/dyld/dyld_shared_cache_x86_64?

My hard drive began writing a lot and I was having to wait a lot to launch apps. The Activity Monitor told me that launchd had written over 600 megs to the drive. So I ran this: sudo lsof -p $(ps -...
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Activity Monitor show no processes

With 10.13. I using Item2 to compile golang (src/all.bash). When cpu is get 100% The Item2 can't response. I have already open Activity Monitor. But I can't force quit the Item2. Then I quit ...
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Activity Monitor doesn't show main info?

this happens only some times . what changes is the info displayed in the lower portion of the window , what could be the issue?
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Fan running almost constantly

Quite recently, my late 2012 Mac Mini went from being virtually silent, to having the fan on quite hard nearly all the time, regardless what I'm doing. If I use some 3D rendering or similar then it ...
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Function of a particular process in macOS High Sierra! (PrintUITool)

What is the significance of this (PrintUITool) process which goes by the name of PrintUITool, I cam across this process in activity monitor and found it take up huge chunks of memory and CPU space of ...
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What is the difference between `IO` and `Data` in the Activity Monitor?

In the Activity monitor, under the tab Disk, at the bottom center, there is a small graph which can be set to either IO or DATA The two graphs look somewhat similar. I understand that I/O very ...