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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Why does my Macbook overheat and use so much CPU and energy when on YouTube?

For a long time now, my Macbook has been overheating and hogging my CPU. According to Activity Monitor, Google Chrome Helper is the culprit. Whenever I am browsing the web, there are usually ten ...
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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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top alternative for GPU usage and networking

I want to get all the info from Activity Monitor in the terminal (because I am executing these commands in macOS app). It also has to terminate - e.g. for top I can write: top -pid <somepid> -...
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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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Time formatting in Activity Monitor

What's the time formatting in the CPU Time column? so for example 1:07.75 Is it hh:mm.ss? or is it 1min 7sec 75ms
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Accuracy of “Data Sent/sec” in Activity Monitor on MacOS Catalina

I have a 2018 MacBook Pro i7 running MacOS Catalina 10.15.3. I'm uploading a 4.88 GB video to YouTube, using the YouTube Studio web interface in Google Chrome 79. My MacBook Pro is connected to my 5 ...
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In macOS Activity Monitor, why is “Applications in last 12 hours” grayed out / disabled?

Any idea why the "Applications in last 12 hours" is disabled in the "Activity Monitor"? At one point it appeared briefly -- but after days of using it, it has since disappeared. Using macOS 10.15.2....
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Activity Monitor columns missing

My Activity Monitor does not have any columns that show more details about each process. I've already ensured that under "View" in the menu bar, the relevant columns are enabled.
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My external monitor doesn't work at full resolution with my MacBook

I've got a MacBook Pro (Early 2015, OS 10.11.2) and I've also got a Dell 2209WAf monitor, which I'm using with a VGA cable and this adaptor. The monitor's optimum resolution is 1680x1050 @ 60Hz and ...
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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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Is there a way to “throttle” MacPorts?

I have an unusual request. I'd like to slow down MacPorts. It sometimes uses a ton of CPU resources, and rather than having it run at full speed, I'd like it to run slowly and in the background. ...
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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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High memory usage on MacOS Catalina

I noticed that most of the time, Activity Monitor tells me that memory used is above 10 Gb (out of 16). But the processes listed doesn't seem to consume as much memory. Here are screenshots : I also ...
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Unknown Binary in Application Samples

I recently started sampling applications that freeze on my machine. I have an iMac with 8 cores and 32GB of RAM running Catalina 10.15.1 fully patched. It's far from resource constrained yet certain ...
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“cron” processes spawning and piling up, but no crontab

EDIT: I solved this, so see below for my own answer. While the bounty asks for a fix to the problem, I'd like to award it to someone who can explain why a cron process that ran for 6 years over ...
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com.apple.hiservices-xpcservice results in frequent hangs and freezes in my mac

Update (2019): The issue still persits even in macOS Mojave, tried everything I could find, nothing seems to solve the issue as of yet! Problem: com.apple.hiservices-xpcservice hangs repeatedly ever ...
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Activity Monitor data, in recent history?

Lately my MacBook Pro has a lot of moments where it slows down for a few seconds, stops responding to keys and touchpad, displays a rainbow wheel of doom, and then comes back. If I go to the Activity ...
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sysmond using 100% CPU usage, but only while on the Memory tab

I used to have no issues with this, but all of a sudden sysmond is using 100% CPU while I have Activity Monitor set to the Memory tab. sysmond runs normally while in any other tab (CPU, Energy, Disk, ...
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“cron” processes piling up

I have cronjobs doing various cleanup tasks: $ crontab -l 0 * * * * find ${HOME}/Downloads -depth 1 -d -mtime +12h -exec /usr/local/bin/trash {} \; * * * * * /usr/bin/defaults delete com.apple....
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Over 550 processes shown in Activity Monitor

I'm running High Sierra on my older iMac. I opened Activity Monitor and clicked on the Memory tab to temporarily monitor the Memory Pressure. The memory pressure was fine but I noticed Activity ...
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Activity Monitor doesn't show all CPU usage

This seems to be new behavior in macOS Catalina. While compiling a large C project with make -j8, the CPU is obviously pegged at 100%, but Activity Monitor doesn't show all the busy processes. I ...
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Light-weight system monitor tool/app for OSX, Conky alternatives [duplicate]

On common UNIX-like computer operating systems there was extremely flexible/customizeable/lightweight tool for System Stats monitoring, called Conky. I'd like to find alternative system monitoring ...
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MacBook without battery kernel_task 100% CPU utilization

After removing the battery from a MacBook late 2009 following a battery fault, the computer always runs kernel_task at 100% CPU utilization. I assume the process ends up in some kind of spin lock when ...
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What is the name of the Automator application process?

I want to kill the process of the Automator application, but i can't find the name of it in the activity monitor.
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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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How do I debug an out-of-control “kernel_task” process?

Just recently I noticed my battery life having a pretty significant drop and the "kernel_task" process using quite a bit of CPU (a constant 1-6% on my 2.8ghz dual-core i7, 2010 MBP). Obviously I think ...
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Mysterious process 'phonetism' eats CPU and vanishes

My 2015 MacBook running Mojave has been acting strange lately, especially whilst browsing. Sometimes Safari will freeze up, or reload a page out of the blue. I can feel my computer struggling, so I'm ...
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Activity Monitor - How to view multiple panels at the same time

I'm currently trying to view multiple metrics at the same time using Activity Monitor app (yes I have tried top, htop, etc but I was wondering if this is possible with Activity Monitor). Fx. looking ...
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getting some information from activity monitor in mac pro

I am running a code in Ampl I want to make sure my code is running still ,( I can not see it from software). in activity monitor the %cpu for this software is 99.6 . Is this mean the code is running?...
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Select and quit multiple processes at the same time in Activity Monitor

How do I quit multiple processes in Activity Monitor at the same time? As you can see, it doesn't let me do that: The quit button is disabled when I select more than one process in the list. Is there ...
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How to know how much CPU and RAM I need for new computer?

I got a pimped up macbook pro (i7 3.3GHz i7) from late 2016 atm, but I feel like I could use a less powerful machine. I would like to find out what's my current/peak average CPU and RAM usage to see ...
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Why is my external HDD active when I'm not using it?

I have a partitioned external HDD (orange LaCie), with one partition for Time Machine. All partitions are Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted). The HDD is GUID Partition Map. I'm not (consciously) ...
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Activity Monitor Always Open Without Me Opening It

Why is Activity Monitor randomly open all the time on my work laptop even though I never open it?? I'm using a Macbook Pro on Mojave.
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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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Show “Activity Monitor” in every “Desktop”

I find much joy in monitoring my Apple computer's fan roll through monitoring CPU use. However, I don't know how to make multiple "Activity Monitor" windows, each for one of my "Desktop"s. I ...
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icdd process consuming substantial memory on macOS

In the past week or so the process 'icdd' has been starting from time to time and when it does it consumes massive amount of RAM (upwards of 7 GB). When this happens, my MacBook Pro essentially ...
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Activity Monitor, my system always runs in the red for CPU load - how to fix?

According to Activity Monitor my system is always running too high for CPU load. It’s always in the red in the CPU load graph and nothing I do corrects this. I’ve tried resetting NVRAM, SMC and ...
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What is the difference between Memory, Real Mem, and Compressed Mem?

I've already seen this question: What's the difference between Real, Virtual, Shared, and Private Memory? but I think it might be outdated. Specifically, there is a Memory column, as well as ...
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In activity monitor what time frame is the data sent / received data from?

In the network tab in activity monitor there is a read out of data usage showing sent and received in GB. What this dosnt tell you is over what time period this is, is it from a day, a week and month ?...
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How can I monitor an employee's activity on a remote Mac?

I have a remote worker for my project and I am letting him use the Mac with the source code on it. I want to monitor his every activity, if that is possible.
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What is DataclassOwnersManager?

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8563977 A strange process is running on an un-logged-in user and taking up tons of resources. It's called "DataclassOwnersManager." I was able to force quit the ...
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What is this process, “usagetrackingagent”, and why is it showing under activity monitor on MacBook

What is this process, “usagetrackingagent”, and why is it showing under activity monitor on MacBook? Does anyone with Mojave or a MacBook in general have this process under activity monitor. I quit ...
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Is there any command line alternative to Activity Monitor that would yield the same results?

I know there's top and htop commands, but they lack a lot of information. For example there is no way to list processes from Energy tab. Or is there at least some kind of API for Activity Monitor ...
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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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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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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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Why does speech recognition take up 1 GB 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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Is there a keyboard shortcut for launching Activity Monitor?

I can't seem to find a shortcut for launching the activity monitor. Does it have one?
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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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