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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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'...
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Activity Monitor missing process arguments

Is there a way to tell Activity Monitor to show me the process arguments the same way ps does for example? So instead of this (Activity Monitor): I would like to see this (ps): If this is ...
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Report Crash ~350% CPU Yosemite

10.10.3 There is a process, I do not know how its started and what it starts, which uses ~350% of the CPU. Its performed by 'root'. When I quit it from the activity monitor it comes back straight ...
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How can I determine where network data is going?

Activity Monitor always reports several kB or MB being transferred. I do not know where it's going or coming from. How can I find out?
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Why would AppleIDAuthAgent take nearly 100% CPU?

The AppleIDAuthAgent process on my 2007 Mac Pro running OS X 10.7.5 is taking up 95-100 % CPU continuously. I use it whenever I go to work. I also use it as a server. I occasionally pull/push ...
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What are the green columns/lines mean in Activity Monitor - Energy - Battery?

What do these green columns in activity monitor - energy - battery mean? I've included a screen shot of activity monitor - energy if that helps.
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How many cores does a Mid 2012 Macbook Air have?

I checked the specs, and the i5-3427U CPU has 2 cores. But the Activity Monitor shows 4 little charts for the CPU, so it looks like 4 cores. Which is correct? Why does the Activity Monitor have 4 ...
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Activity Monitor on Mac OS doesn't show port 8080

I'm trying to verify that a specified process (server) listens on port 8080 using Activity Monitor. But, for some strange reason, Activity Monitor doesn't show information about port numbers greater ...
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Activity Monitor is unuseable because it's freezing mouse cursor when launched

A weird problem started happening on my system in recent days (can't remember exactly). When I launch Activity Monitor, mouse pointer freezes and can't move normally until I kill Activity Monitor by ...
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What do appleeventsd and AppleIDAuthAgent do?

I looked in the activity monitor to clarify what are those processes and started with alphabetic order. I know different resources where many processes are described. But appleeventsd and ...
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In MacOS, how can I group the processes based on apps?

I want to know the resources used on the basis of applications. I found a duplicate, but the answer there has issues and since its over a year old, I decided to post a new one, instead of posting ...
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Looking for a free system monitoring tool [closed]

I'm looking for a system monitoring tool, preferably a free one. I don't care if it's an actual app or sits in my terminal. Activity Monitor doesn't give me all the information I want at once. ...
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There is a process called SH using 100% of my CPU

I checked the Activity Monitor and noticed 2 processes called sh that were eating my CPU. What apps are related to these processes and how can I stop them from eating all CPU?
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Clicking on Activity Monitor's Dock icon won't maximize the window

I've got an early 2011 13" MBP running OS X 10.10.4 PB, but this issue has been happening on literally every version of Yosemite, stable and public beta, since the initial PB release. You know how if ...
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Is there a network usage utility that shows data usage by network connection

I use my Mountain Lion MacBook Air to connect to the internet using various methods. At home, I use my wired connection, which does not have a cap. Sometimes though, I connect via my iPad, which uses ...
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Is there way to show disk i/o read/writes per process in real time?

I am struggling to find out what process is eating away my Mac performance, and disk i/o is the culprit. Activity Monitor frequently shows megabytes of read/write, but unfortunately, it does not show ...
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Activity Monitor shows java process, jps shows only JPS

My Activity Monitor shows a "java" process taking up 400 MB RAM. jps and sudo jps show only JPS. How do I find out what's running java?
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OSX Activity monitor (energy) shows terminated terminal app with high average energy impact

I use my macbook like desktop (always connected to electricity) 95% of the time, so I never noticed this before. However, I had to use it on battery last few days and it surprised me how short the ...
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Howto see disk I/O utilisation per process - iotop and pidstat not available in Homebrew on macOS

I have the same question like this, but for macOS. There is a GUI solution with Activity Monitor. Any command line alternative? I use latest macOS Sierra.
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Macbook Pro Hangs/Freezes sometimes

I don't turn off my MacBook Pro very often, and sometimes it just freezes and restarts itself after a few seconds. Its very annoying, especially when I'm working on something. I contacted support a ...
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macOS Sierra keeps running out of application memory [duplicate]

Every time I turn my Mac on, after a while the app memory just runs out. These are just from 10min apart, after working for a while. I need help figuring what those Installers are and why the ...
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HP Product Research on Activity Log

I'm seeing an item on my activity monitor called 'HP Product Research.' I assume it's associated with some HP Printer drivers that I no long need, and have have removed, but this tracker keeps ...
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How do I increase the font size in Activity Monitor?

I've tried cmd+ and cmd-, and I've looked through all the menus. I'm aware of "accessibility zoom" and it is not an answer to my question.
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measuring data exchange over external network

I am using Mac Air 2013, and I have a daily limit on the data I can exchange over internet that is 1GB. I would like to measure how much data each application is exchanging over the network. I was ...
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High CPU usage by a process called PTPCamera

On my Macbook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) is a process, called PTPCamera, using a lot of CPU-Time . I already have killed this process but it spawned immediately again. 85% of CPU usage eats my Battery ...
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Open activity monitor minimized on startup

I sometimes like to have Activity Monitor running in the dock (to see CPU usage chart in the icon at a glance). I didn't use it for some time though, but with a new mac I bought (El Capitan) I ...
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Is there a way to filter Activity Monitor by unresponsive applications?

It can sometimes be a slight nuisance to scroll through the whole list in Activity Monitor to find unresponsive applications – especially when this happens often and there's a lot of processes going ...
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Mac at 100% CPU Usage when plugged into monitor

I just got this Asus 1080p monitor and I've connected my Mid-2014 13-inch rMBP (2.8GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB of memory, Intel Iris 1536 MB Graphics, running El Capitan 10.11.6) to it via HDMI. The ...
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What scale or measure does Mavericks' and Yosemite's “memory pressure” adhere to?

Mavericks' (and also Yosemite's) Activity Monitor shows a new diagram, the memory pressure. Sadly, its help text only vaguely explains what exactly it measures. How is memory pressure calculated? ...
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Why does Apple Activity Monitor report that my Mac with a dual-core Intel i5 Ivy Bridge CPU has 4 cores?

I just got a new Apple MacBook Pro 13", mid-2012, which has a dual-core Intel i5 Ivy Bridge CPU. When I run Activity Monitor and turn on the Floating CPU Window, it shows a 4-bar graph (indicating 4 ...
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Kernel Task is taking up 1.12 GB in activity monitor

I have an issue where my kernel task is taking over a GB of memory on my activity monitor. My fan seems to be going pretty crazy and is loud. Any ideas?
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what do App Memory, Wired Memory, and Compressed mean?

In Activity monitor, what do App Memory, Wired Memory, and Compressed mean? For example, I am used to the columns in the output of free from procps-ng under Linux. By the way, how can I install ...
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Macbook Pro Power Consumption

I was wondering if it is possible first of all to get the overall power consumption for my MacBook? And if it is possible can I get this power consumption for each peripheral running (like ...
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OSX Yosemite uses over 500mb daily, without me using it. And only the total data received shown in Activity Monitor - no detail in specific process

Almost every day, about 560mb of data is received and I'm not downloading anything. When I check in the Activity Monitor, it shows the 560mb usage, but in the list of processes, there is hardly any ...
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MacBook gets heated up

I am running on macbook pro 2015. Since, few days, I have noticed a significant degradation in it's performance. Here is the screen shot of the activity Monitor. Can someone please help me on, how can ...
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Issue with deleting user account

I want to delete a user account before selling my machine, so I chose the secure delete account option in System Preferences > Users & Groups. I think I saw a progress bar at first as it was ...
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Keyboard shortcut to kill an unresponsive App on Mac OS X

Today I faced really tight situation on my Mac with Skype (yes, again!) - it went unresponsive, and was not reacting on standard shortcuts, and I wasn't managed to close the app by standard means. I ...
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Change Activity Monitor update speed?

When viewing the CPU Load on Activity Monitor today, I was curious as how to make Activity Monitor update the chart and data faster. Is there a setting to change the update speed for Activity Monitor?...
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How to Locate an App Running in the Background

My Mac is a work computer that used to have LANDesk installed. My admin ran a script that uninstalled it. However, when my machine starts I still get prompted to allow apps from LANDesk (vulscand, cba,...
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Group processes by apps in Activity Monitor under Memory tab

I am using OSX 10.10.5 with activity monitor 10.10.0. Mac newbie. In the memory tab, all the processes under chrome is scattered. I just want to know to how much of the resource is used by chrome all ...
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Killing a dialog box that doesn't show up in the dock

There's lots of information out there about how to kill an application that's not responding. But what if I just have some dialog box that isn't clearly associated with any running application? In ...
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What's this process 'collision'?

There's a process running on my machine which Activity Monitor reports is using 142% of CPU, 22 hours of CPU time and has thousands of idle interrupts. It's running under my user, and doesn't appear ...
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How Often Does Total 'Data Received' Reset in Activity Monitor? [duplicate]

How often does "Data Received" and "Data Sent" reset in the activity monitor pane shown below: Nothing I can think of (daily, since last restart, all time, etc.) seems correct given the numbers I'm ...
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What is “ss_conn_service ” running on OS X?

I'm using OS X El Capitan on iMac 21.5". As an experienced user, I follow activity monitor sometimes for security of my device. For 2-3 days,"ss_conn_service" is running on my device. I cannot ...