htop and top alternatives: highlights, nmon

First we took a look at htop (last screenshot on this page), above, and indirectly (due to its popularity as an alternative to top). But are there other options worth looking into? Since it pertains to system health and performance, it is largely a matter of preference regarding the data that is most important to you. We all like different ways of looking at the same thing.

htop and top options

Since the above three system monitoring tools can grab hold of themselves fairly easily, I’ll focus on two options that I think can serve as replacements or at least compliments to top and htop. they are vision And nemon,

Glimpse – System Monitor

Glances - System monitoring tool written in Python

vision Open-source software for monitoring and storing operating system data. vision The goal is to present the maximum amount of information in the minimum amount of space. Glances is a good htop alternative because it can dynamically adapt when displaying system information based on terminal size. Remote monitoring can be done via terminal, web interface or API (XMLRPC and RESTful). Glances is written in Python and uses psutil Libraries to get information from your system. Statistics can also be exported to an external time/price database.

Nemon – nIgel’s performance mondayitor

nmon - Nigel's Performance Monitor for Linux

nemon htop is another alternative system administrator tool for server tuning, benchmarking, or viewing detailed system performance information. It outputs data in two ways. Either on the screen (command line) or after saving the data in a comma-separated file for analysis and long-term data capture. Honestly, one screenshot is not enough for nmon. have a look at Additional screenshots with explanation,

more up and htop the option: net-tools, iptraf, Collectly, dstat, iostat, search and rescue, saidarAnd vmstat, Looking for more information and/or APM tools? Also read my 50 Top Server Monitoring and Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions Post (includes free and paid solutions).

Originally published: June 15, 2017.
Last Updated: October 19, 2020.

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