How to Install Htop on Rocky Linux 8

Htop is a free, open-source, cross-platform interactive process viewer. It is a text-mode application (for console or X terminals) and requires ncurses. The terminal UI is a great way to see what your system looks like inside, both in terms of processes and other info. It’s also completely customizable, so you can change colors or add different widgets for more visual representation!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Htop Interactive Process Viewer on Rocky Linux 8 Workstation or Server.

Update Rocky Linux System

Update your Rocky Linux operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

Install Htop Interactive Viewer

By default, the Rocky Linux does not have Htop available from its appstream, so you will first need to need the EPEL repository.

Enable EPEL Repository

sudo dnf install epel-release -y

Install Htop

To proceed with the installation, use the following command.

sudo dnf install htop -y

Confirm the installation and version build by using the htop –version command.

htop --version

Example output:

How to Install Htop on Rocky Linux 8

How to use Htop – Terminal Commands

As the name suggests, use the following command to bring up Htop in your terminal.


Example output:

How to Install Htop on Rocky Linux 8

This is a pretty standard overview of your system, which would suit most users just needing to check quickly on the system stats.

Further options can be added, such as some standard parameters below.


–delay= 10
Specify the update rate in 1/10 seconds
Start without colors
Show quick help
Show only processes of the specified user
Sort by a specific column. A list of the permitted column names can be htop -s help output with ” “.
Show Htop version

One of the most common parameters is delaying the update frequency of Htop, as many have the application constantly running to monitor system or network performances.

htop -d 10

As above, this has added on a ten-second delay, but you can specify anything you want in seconds.

Htop Keyboard Shorts

Below is a list of the most commonly used shortcuts.

← , ↑ , → , ↓Scroll through the process list
⇧ + URemove all tags
. or ,Incremental search for the PID
F1 , ? , HShow help
UShow processes of a user
F2 , ⇧ + SOpen setup and change settings
⇧ + HShow/hide user  threads
F3, ⇧ + /Incremental process name search
⇧ + KShow/hide kernel threads
F4, \Filter by name
⇧ + F.Pin the cursor to a process
F5 , TActivate / deactivate tree view
+ , –Expand/collapse the tree
F6, >Select column to sort
⇧ + PSort processes by CPU usage
F7Decrease Nice value
⇧ + MSort processes by memory usage
F8Increase Nice value
⇧ + TSort processes by the time
F9, KEnd the process or processes of a day
LOpen files with lsof open
F10 , Q , Ctrl + C   break up
SSystem calls to stracetrace
Space barTag process
⇧ + LTrack library ltracecalls
II / O control

Remove (Uninstall) Htop

To remove Htop from your system is straightforward. Use the following command.

sudo dnf autoremove htop -y

It is advised to keep EPEL installed, as this repository provides many alternative packages you may require in the future.

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Htop on Rocky Linux 8. Overall, Htop is a great lightweight system monitoring tool in your Linux terminal compared to the standard top command.

Other similar software can show more details, such as Glances System Monitor, but for quick, easy local monitoring, Htop is one of the most popular Linux distros.


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