My Geeky Page
by Guillaume Chazarain



Linux has always been able to show how much I/O was going on (the bi and bo columns of the vmstat 1 command).

Iotop is a Python program with a top like UI used to show of behalf of which process is the I/O going on. It requires Python ≥ 2.7 and a Linux kernel ≥ 2.6.20 with the TASK_DELAY_ACCT CONFIG_TASKSTATS, TASK_IO_ACCOUNTING and CONFIG_VM_EVENT_COUNTERS options on.



Iotop is licensed under the terms of the GNU GPL.

The latest version is Iotop 0.6 (NEWS), available here: iotop-0.6.tar.bz2 or iotop-0.6.tar.gz.

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Git repository hosted on To get a snapshot of iotop with a complete history, use the following command:

git clone git://

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