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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remindd sometimes spikes over 100-200% CPU usage

Over the past few months, I have experienced my MacBook turning on its fans because of high CPU usage. When that happens, I see that a process called remindd is using 100-300% CPU for a long time, ...
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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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How to see root user processes in Activity Monitor?

I am wondering how to show the root user processes in Activity Monitor. On my mac, my personal user and root user show up, but on my sister's mac, only her personal user processes show up in Activity ...
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I have dual monitors for my MacBook Pro. Stop Automatically shift to one of the monitor?

I set up my dual monitors connecting to Macbook Pro and unchecked "the Display has separate spaces" option so that I can use the monitors in a continuous fashion. The two monitors are stacked up (one ...
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What is kernel_task reading and writing?

On my machine, kernel_task has a very large number of reads and writes compared to my usage. I spend almost all my time online on google chrome. Over the past month, Activity Monitor shows ...
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Is there a tool for Monitoring IP addresses and network activity on MAC OS - similiar to resource monitor on windows 10

On windows 10, there is a program called Resource Monitor. Under the network tab, if I select an application, I can see all the external IP addresses that application is connected to. Is there ...
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Discoveryd & LaunchServicesd Huge Memory Consumption

I have been troubleshooting why my Mac Mini is running slow and stumbled upon this: The memory usage is in the GB! On my MacBook the two processes take under 10 MB together. Why are these procs ...
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What is could spawn tons of processes called AppleUserHIDDrivers over and over

I see 18 instances of the process AppleUserHIDDrivers running on my MacOS, according to the activity monitor, belonging to the user _driverkit. The parent process is listed as launchd. What could be ...
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How do I kill a process that won't die?

I'm unable to kill a process using any of the techniques I'm aware of ("Force Quit" in Activity Monitor, top, killall from the Terminal) and wonder if there are some additional steps I can take. ~ $ ...
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process investigation (wackly ruby)

I develop ruby on rails apps. Today I noticed a bunch of unexpected ruby processes taking up a bunch of memory. So I decided to investigate. The results of the investigation are sort of inconclusive ...
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Some applications are reporting different stats than Activity Monitor?

So here's something I'm curious about: When running a full project in Ableton Live (music production), I am (when setting sample rate to the max) getting get drop outs and stuttering. This is as ...
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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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Activity Monitor No Longer displays columns

I have a Mac Mini (late 2012) running Catalina (10.15.3). I can't remember when I first noticed it, but for a while now, I cannot sort Activity Monitor's columns. This is essentially what it looks ...
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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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“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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How does Watch determine distance walked if Location Services are off?

Apple Watch 3 (newly purchased) and iPhone XR I rarely enable Location Services on my phone. When I go for an ‘Outdoor Walk’ the ‘Activity’ app tells me my step count and the distance covered. If ...
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Extreme slowing down of MacBook Pro due to pkd process

I am debugging this issue for several days now, but just realized that a certain pkd process is responsible for extremely slowing down my MacBook Pro. When I kill this process, everything works fine. ...
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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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Prevent a process from being killed by any user mode means

I use Freedom to help me stay focused while working. Sometimes I will be so disillusioned with my work, that I will go to such lengths as to try and kill the process from the terminal. I'd like to ...
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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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kernel_task eating a lot of CPU on mojave

I see the kernel_task had occured in OS before mojave. https://www.davidschlachter.com/misc/kernel_task I am wondering whether I can just remove /System/Library/Extensions/IOPlatformPluginFamily....
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How to tell which Safari tab is consuming the most memory

I'm on 10.15.2 Catalina, and my fans have currently been running steady for hours. I opened Activity Monitor, am viewing the CPU tab, and sorting by % CPU. Safari is at 102.6 as I type this. Activity ...
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OSX 10.15.3 Activity Monitor GPU History not painting with VSCode Code Helper (GPU)

It seems the GPU monitor doesn't update, except for a spike when you fire it up for the first time. Is this a local config issue or a known shortcoming of the VSCode app? While this might be a ...
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What are the numerous 'cron' tasks in Activity Monitor memory section? [duplicate]

I just took a look at my activity monitor (to see if I could optimize my RAM), and saw at the bottom of the memory section a huge amount of root tasks simply titled 'cron' (screenshot below). They ...
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Process called “ItYoingm” using over 90% CPU and over 106GB memory - root user

I have recently downloaded Catalina on my Macbook pro and every now and again my fan goes into overdrive, even when I'm hardly using any programs. I opened my Activity Monitor and there is a process ...
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How to terminate multiple applications via Activity Monitor

I'm looking at Activity Monitor showing me multiple running processes. I want to terminate multiple processes from the list in one go. I've tried highlighting the processes but nothing shows up when ...
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What's a task-manager lighter than Activity-Monitor? [duplicate]

Apple Activity Monitor is nice and simple enough, but I tend to keep it open all the time in order: to have a CPU monitor always visible in the Dock without any click/gesture (and without wasting ...
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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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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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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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