iftop command w/ examples in linux

it iftop The command guide follows my previous 90 Linux Commands Frequently Used by Linux Sysadmins article. Over time, I will continue to publish articles on about 90 commands geared towards Linux sysadmins and Linux power users. let’s continue this series iftop Permission.

iftop is a terminal program that displays network activity and details in text form. It is suitable for users who want to monitor network traffic without the overhead of a graphical interface.

general syntax of iftop The order is:

dstat [-afv] [options..] [delay [count]]

iftop linux install

Debian/Ubuntu and derivatives, use:

apt install iftop

RHEL/CentOS and derivatives, use:

dnf install iftop

Arch Linux and derivatives, use:

pacman -S iftop

iftop command example

iftop example

To show bandwidth usage, use:

sudo iftop

To show the bandwidth usage of a given interface, use:
(replace with your interface)

sudo iftop -i eth0

To show bandwidth usage along with port information, use:

sudo iftop -P

To exclude, use a bar graph of traffic:

sudo iftop -b

To exclude hostname look ups, use:

sudo iftop -n

To display I/O traffic from a subnet, use:

sudo iftop -F

To sort traffic analysis data by source address, use:

sudo iftop -o source

To sort traffic analysis data by destination address, use:

sudo iftop -o destination

To monitor HTTP traffic, use:

sudo iftop -i eth0 -f 'port http'

To monitor HTTP traffic, excluding a specific host, use:

sudo iftop -i eth0 -f 'port http and not host'

To monitor DNS traffic, use:

sudo iftop -i eth0 -f 'port domain'

To monitor ICMP traffic, use:

sudo iftop -i eth0 -f 'icmp'

To monitor network traffic but ignore broadcast packets, use:

sudo iftop -i eth0 -f 'not ether host ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff'

Shortcut to change display options while running:

  • h – Toggles the Help screen.
  • s – toggles the source host display, and
  • D – Toggles the destination hosts.
  • s – Toggles the port number.
  • n – Toggles name resolution.
  • n – toggles the port resolution; Toggle resolution off to see all port numbers.
  • Tea – Toggles the text interface. Default display requires ncurses.
  • P – Pauses the display.
  • Why – Leaves the program.

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