CentOS / RHEL: Install atop (Advanced System & Process Monitor) Utility

I do not like top. How do I install Advanced System & Process Monitor tool called atop on CentOS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x/6.x+ based system using yum command?

You can install atop on CentOS/RHEL/Fedora Linux using EPEL repo. From the man page:

Tutorial details
Difficulty level Easy
Root privileges Yes
Requirements None
Est. reading time 5m

The program atop is an interactive monitor to view the load on a Linux system. It shows the occupation of the most critical hardware resources (from a performance point of view) on system level, i.e. cpu, memory, disk and network. It also shows which processes are responsible for the indicated load with respect to cpu- and memory load on process level. Disk load is shown if per process “storage accounting” is active in the kernel or if the kernel patch โ€˜cntโ€™ has been installed. Network load is only shown per process if the kernel patch โ€˜cntโ€™ has been installed.

Install atop on CentOS/RHEL/Red hat Linux using yum

First you need to enable EPEL repo as described here to install atop. Type the following yum command:
# yum install atop
Sample outputs:

Loaded plugins: product-id, protectbase, rhnplugin
This system is receiving updates from RHN Classic or RHN Satellite.
0 packages excluded due to repository protections
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package atop.x86_64 0:1.27-1.el6 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
 
Dependencies Resolved
 
==================================================================
 Package     Arch          Version              Repository   Size
==================================================================
Installing:
 atop        x86_64        1.27-1.el6           epel        106 k
 
Transaction Summary
==================================================================
Install       1 Package(s)
 
Total download size: 106 k
Installed size: 229 k
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
atop-1.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm                 | 106 kB     00:00     
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing : atop-1.27-1.el6.x86_64                         1/1 
  Verifying  : atop-1.27-1.el6.x86_64                         1/1 
 
Installed:
  atop.x86_64 0:1.27-1.el6                                        
 
Complete!

How do I use atop program?

Type the following command as root user:
# atop
Sample outputs:

Fig.01: atop command in action

Fig.01: atop command in action

atop command examples

Here are some conman atop command examples:

To see active processes only

# atop -a

Display individual threads

# atop -y

Display average-per-second i.s.o. total values

# atop -1

Display memory-related process-info
# atop -m

Display disk-related process-info

# atop -d

Display network-related process-info

# atop -n

Display scheduling-related process-info

# atop -s

Display various process-info (ppid, user/group, date/time)

# atop -v

Display command line per process

# atop -c

Sorting option

Pass the following option to sort your process:

	  -C  sort processes in order of cpu-consumption (default)
	  -M  sort processes in order of memory-consumption
	  -D  sort processes in order of disk-activity
	  -N  sort processes in order of network-activity
	  -A  sort processes in order of most active resource (auto mode)

See atop(1) command man page for more information.


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