How to Launch the Activity Monitor Via a Unix Command


Apple's Mac OS X operating system includes the Activity Monitor application. This graphical utility program shows the programs open on your computer, each program's resource usage and other general statistics about your computer's total CPU, disk, network and memory usage. You can open this program from the Finder. You can also use the "open" command included with Mac OS X to open this program from a Unix command line. Because the program's name includes a space, you have to enclose its name in quotes.

  • Click the "Finder" icon on the dock at the bottom of the Mac OS X desktop.

  • Click "Applications" at the left side of the Finder window.

  • Double-click the "Utilities" folder in the Applications folder.

  • Double-click the "Terminal" icon in the Utilities folder.

  • Type "open -a "Activity Monitor" into the terminal window press "Enter."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also open the Activity Monitor by double-clicking its icon in the Utilities folder.

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