OpenBSD: Find Out Memory RAM Size Information

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How do I check for installed RAM (memory) size on a OpenBSD UNIX operating systems using command line?

You need to use the following commands to see installed memory and other information such as installed CPU can be displayed:

a) dmesg command – Display the OpenBSD system message buffer including boot time info.

b) sysctl command – Display or set the OpenBSD system sysctl (kernel) variables.

Method #1: Display real and user installed memory on OpeBSD

Type the following command:
# dmesg | grep -i mem
OR
# grep -i mem /var/run/dmesg.boot
Sample outputs:

real mem = 3500277760 (3338MB)
avail mem = 3398483968 (3241MB)

Method #2: OpenBSD show installed RAM memory size

Type the following command

sysctl hw | grep mem

OR

sysctl  | grep -i hw.\*mem

Sample outputs:

hw.physmem=3500277760
hw.usermem=3500253184

Or simply get full hardware info, type:

sysctl hw

Sample outputs:

Fig. 01: How much RAM is installed on a OpenBSD server?
How much RAM is installed on a OpenBSD server?

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

1 comment

  1. Or just type: sysctl -a | grep -i memory

    Matias Colli
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