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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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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How to tell what program is launching softwareupdated?

My Macbook was running really slow after opening it up and so I opened Activity Monitor and saw one process called softwareupdated that was not responding. It didn't say it was using any CPU but my ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How to force stop all the processing in the background (and map that command to a keyboard shortcut)

My Mac has been having a lot of issues lately. Most of them have to do with lagginess and the spinning beach ball appearing quite often, and staying there for a long time. If my Mac is so slow, there ...
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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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Mac Mini 2011 extremely hot and surprisingly slow

I just bought a Mac Mini (mid 2011) secondhand with the following specifications: 2,3 GHz Intel Core i5 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 512 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB I used to have a iMac 2006 earlier,...
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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 is “Software Update” doing when it says “Checking for new software”?

"Software Update" seems to take a long time. What's it doing? Utilities -> Activity Monitor yields: CPU usage low ( 1% - 2% ) by the "Software Update" process. + network traffic inbound, [...
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Monitor disk activity per volume without third-party software

I have many disks/volumes connected to my OS X system. I want to monitor, in real-time, read/write speed for each volume. OS 10.9 activity monitor shows only the cumulative numbers for all volumes, ...
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Why does htop show different CPU levels for processes than top or Activity Monitor?

I installed htop through brew, real pleasure of a view compared with top. The totals across both CPUs for top align with the sum of totals per-CPU in htop. E.g. right now I see about 40% per CPU in ...
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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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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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Java 100 % CPU usage

I am using IntelliJ IDEA compiler for Java programming on my MacBook Pro 2015 Retina (Yosemite). When I run some Java program in my activity monitor appears Java process and takes 100+% of CPU. The ...
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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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maspushagent using CPU

[retina MacBook Pro 15", Late 2013, OS X 10.11.4] I always keep Activity Monitor running, and just noticed that CPU usage was up significantly. The process maspushagent (owned by me) has now been ...
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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 App Memory calculated from?

I'm trying to use Geektool to keep a running monitor on my system, and wanted to include proper memory usage in my stats. I'm using Activity Monitor as the basis of my memory monitoring, but I'm ...
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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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AddressBookSourceSync a virus?

On my mac, in activity process, there are two processes that keep on running even though I stop them. They are AddressBookSourceSync and com.apple.AddressBook.ContactsAccountsService. Is it possible ...
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How to show command of a process in activity monitor?

I want to see the exact commands of some processes in activity monitor, as most linux process monitor can do. Is it possible with activity monitor?
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How to find out process owner of unidentified windows?

I have an odd error that I have not been able to associate with an application or PID properly. In Windows, there is Process Explorer with the very handy target function that allows you to click it ...
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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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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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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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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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Activity Monitor lagging and requires force quit? [closed]

Activity Monitor itself, any time I open it, lags horribly and shows a spinning "beach ball." It continues to lag horribly until I right click on it in the Dock, wait several seconds for the context ...
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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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300% of my CPU is being used? [duplicate]

I ran a Java applet, and it used over 200% of my CPU.... It actually rose to over 400% after I took the screenshot. How is this possible? Can someone explain why Activity Monitor shows a task as ...
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How to resume a “paused” application after an out of memory situation?

Occasionally - even with abundant care - my 16GB MBPro runs out of application memory and the dreaded "No more application memory available" dialog appears. Fortunately we are still able to access ...
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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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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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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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How to get the amount of 'Compressed Memory', per process (from Terminal)?

How can I use ps, or some variation thereof... to get a value that roughly corresponds to the "Compressed Memory" value Apple reports in Activity Monitor.app? username 52036 100.1 24.1 8026832 ...
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macOS - ntpd uses more than 100% of CPU

it happens couple times every day, my MacBook becomes extremely slow. When I check Activity Monitor, I see that ntpd process uses more than 100% of my CPU (usually around 140-180%). If I kill it (...
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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 ...
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Safe way to cancel shrinking hard drive partition

I thought it would be a good idea to create another partition on my hard drive to use as a backup. I opened disk utility and configured the internal hard drive to split half between the OS partition ...
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How to get details of running applications on Terminal?

I have found that using activity monitor I get all the information I need. I now just need a way to access this information via preferably Python or even Bash and Apple Script. I just need to get the ...
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Managing and removing startup processes on OSX Lion

My Startup Items for my username (i am admin) shows only dropbox - yet a look at my processes (in activity monitor) shows other helper processes from Adobe, Lexmark, etc, etc. Where can I see and ...
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how to stretch a single wallpaper image across multiple monitors

I would like to stretch the same image across multiple monitors.. how do i do that?
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How is the “Memory” column calculated in Activity Monitor?

How is the per-process "Memory" column calculated in Activity Monitor? The name is quite vague and I haven't found anyone say anything about it aside from stuff like, e.g., "Memory used in RAM." I can'...