How to install HTOP in Linux

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How to install HTOP in Linux




This interactive system monitor and process manager allows you to view and manage your processes. It is a replacement for the Unix program top. It shows information about the processes of the system, memory usage, and average load, etc. Its Process Monitor is an interactive process viewer that runs across a variety of platforms. HTOP is similar to TOP, but it is considerably improved over TOP.





In this guide, you will learn how to install HTOP on Linux. Linux distributions used here are CentOS, RHEL, Ubuntu, and Debian.






So let’s begin,






Step 1: Set up a VPSie cloud server 





Start by logging into your VPSie account Make a new server, There are several Linux distributions available on vpsie and after creating one use the credentials that we emailed you to connect to your Cloud Server via SSH.







Install HTOP in Ubuntu / Debian 








It is not necessary to install any other repositories. Htop packages are included with the default Ubuntu/Debian repository. you can install them by running this command. 




# sudo apt install htop




Verify the installation,



# apt show htop 








# apt show htop
Package: htop
Version: 2.2.0-2build1
Priority: optional
Section: utils
Origin: Ubuntu
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <[email protected]>
Original-Maintainer: Daniel Lange <[email protected]>
Installed-Size: 225 kB
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.15), libncursesw6 (>= 6), libtinfo6 (>= 6)
Suggests: lsof, strace
Task: server, cloud-image, lubuntu-desktop
Download-Size: 80.5 kB






Install HTOP in CentOS / RHEL








CentOS / RHEL Htop packages can be found in the EPEL repositories, which must be installed on our system if it is not already. To do this, type the following command, which installs EPEL on our system.




# yum install epel-release





We can now install it with yum, 



# yum install htop







Install HTOP using the source package








First, Check the latest htop repository from Github, then run configure and compile a script to install given below.





Complete the following commands with your latest Htop version,



$ wget -O htop-3.1.1.tar.gz 

$ tar xvfvz htop-3.1.1.tar.gz
$ cd htop-3.1.1/
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install






Step 2: Using Htop





Htop is having three sections mainly,




  • Header, which shows CPU, Memory, Swap, and tasks, load average, and uptime.
  • List of processes sorted by CPU utilization.
  • Footer includes options such as help, setup, filter tree kill, nice, quit, etc.




Let’s start using it,





You can use htop by opening a terminal and run the following command,



# htop 

For more information on the options available with the htop command, you can run the help command.

# htop --help

We’ve finished our tutorial on installing HTOP on Linux. Let’s hope you found the information helpful.

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