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How to View the Command Name in Top

Top is a command line tool / binary that is used in unix-like environments to display process information.

On mac, man top:

top – display sorted information about processes

On ubuntu, man top:

top - display Linux processes

Running Top#

To run top:


to exit:

Ctrl + c

Show the command used to run the program#

Sometimes you will run top and see the process and the name under command. But this will show the top-level process. So if you are using python, node or a webserver like gunicorn - you won’t see more detailed info about the command used to run the process.

To do that simply press c when you are in top

I tested this on Ubuntu OS only


Show full process name in top