simple way to lookup linux process usage


  • Simple interface to lookup cpu and memory usage of any accessible process on the system.
  • Works on OSX, Linux, SmartOS and Solaris
  • Tested on Heroku, Nodejitsu and Modulus
var usage = require('usage');
var pid = // you can use any valid PID instead 
usage.lookup(pid, function(errresult) {
    memory: 100065280, // in no of bytes 
    memoryInfo: {
        rss: 15966208, // resident size memory in bytes 
        vsize: 3127906304 // virtual memory size in bytes 
    cpu: 10.6 // in percentage 

This is only applicable for Linux

By default CPU Percentage provided is an average from the starting time of the process. It does not correctly reflect the current CPU usage. (this is also a problem with linux ps utility)

But If you call usage.lookup() continuously for a given pid, you can turn on keepHistory flag and you'll get the CPU usage since last time you track the usage. This reflects the current CPU usage.

see following example to enable keepHistory flag

var pid =;
var options = { keepHistory: true }
usage.lookup(pid, options, function(errresult) {

you can clear history cache too

usage.clearHistory(pid); //clear history for the given pid 
usage.clearHistory(); //clean history for all pids