Ubuntu – How to monitor disk activity

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How do I view my Disk Activity on Ubuntu? For example, How can I monitor what is being written and read from disk as well as the percentage of disk usage?

I am looking for an application similar to the Resource Monitor in Windows.

Best Answer

You can use iotop. To install, open a terminal and execute the following command:

sudo apt-get install iotop

To use iotop, open a terminal and type the following command:

sudo iotop

iotop features real-time display of all disk activity and also displays the command responsible for the activity and the user behind the command just like Resource Monitor.

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Also similar to resource monitor is htop in it's ability to identify and kill processes:

sudo apt-get install htop

and to run htop in monitor mode:


or, for more features and permissions to fully debug and kill individual processes etc.:

sudo htop

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