htop  3.0.5
About: htop is an interactive process viewer for Linux (a "better" top).
  Fossies Dox: htop-3.0.5.tar.gz  ("unofficial" and yet experimental doxygen-generated source code documentation)  

htop Documentation

Some Fossies usage hints in advance:

  1. To see the Doxygen generated documentation please click on one of the items in the steelblue colored "quick index" bar above or use the side panel at the left which displays a hierarchical tree-like index structure and is adjustable in width.
  2. If you want to search for something by keyword rather than browse for it you can use the client side search facility (using Javascript and DHTML) that provides live searching, i.e. the search results are presented and adapted as you type in the Search input field at the top right.
  3. Doxygen doesn't incorporate all member files but just a definable subset (basically the main project source code files that are written in a supported language). So to search and browse all member files you may visit the Fossies htop-3.0.5.tar.gz contents page and use the Fossies standard member browsing features (also with source code highlighting and additionally with optional code folding).


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Screenshot of htop


htop is a cross-platform interactive process viewer.

htop allows scrolling the list of processes vertically and horizontally to see their full command lines and related information like memory and CPU consumption.

The information displayed is configurable through a graphical setup and can be sorted and filtered interactively.

Tasks related to processes (e.g. killing and renicing) can be done without entering their PIDs.

Running htop requires ncurses libraries (typically named libncursesw*).

For more information and details on how to contribute to htop visit

Build instructions

This program is distributed as a standard GNU autotools-based package.

Compiling htop requires the header files for ncurses (libncursesw*-dev). Install these and other required packages for C development from your package manager.

Then, when compiling from a release tarball, run:

./configure && make

Alternatively, for compiling sources downloaded from the Git repository (git clone or downloads from Github releases), install the header files for ncurses (libncursesw*-dev) and other required development packages from your distribution's package manager. Then run:

./ && ./configure && make

By default make install will install into /usr/local, for changing the path use ./configure --prefix=/some/path.

See the manual page (man htop) or the on-line help ('F1' or 'h' inside htop) for a list of supported key commands.


If you have trouble running htop please consult your Operating System / Linux distribution documentation for getting support and filing bugs.

Bugs, development feedback

We have a development mailing list. Feel free to subscribe for release announcements or asking questions on the development of htop.

You can also join our IRC channel #htop on freenode and talk to the developers there.

If you have found an issue with the source of htop, please check whether this has already been reported in our Github issue tracker. If not, please file a new issue describing the problem you have found, the location in the source code you are referring to and a possible fix.


htop was invented, developed and maintained by Hisham Muhammad from 2004 to 2019. His legacy repository has been archived to preserve the history.

In 2020 a team took over the development amicably and continues to maintain htop collaboratively.


GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPL-2.0)