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How can I check if hyperthreading is enabled on a Linux machine, using a perl script to check for it?

I'm trying the following way:

dmidecode -t processor | grep HTT

Let me know if I'm on right track.

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for dmidecode you have to be root. –  Nils Mar 5 '12 at 20:50
I like how everyone ignored the "perl script" bit ;-) –  SamB May 30 at 20:32
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Notes added on July 8, 2014: As Riccardo Murri pointed out, my answer below only shows whether the processor reports to support hyperthreading. Generally, *nix O/S are configured to enable hyperthreading if supported. However, to actually check this programmatically see for instance Nils' answer!

---- Original answer from March 25, 2012:

You are indeed on the right track :) with

dmidecode -t processor | grep HTT

On Linux, I generally just look for "ht" on the "flags" line of /proc/cpuinfo. See for instance

grep '^flags\b' /proc/cpuinfo | tail -1

or if you want to include the "ht" in the pattern

grep -o '^flags\b.*: .*\bht\b' /proc/cpuinfo | tail -1

(\b matches the word boundaries and helps avoid false positives in cases where "ht" is part of another flag.)

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This will only tell you if the processor is HT capable, not if HT is actually being used. –  Riccardo Murri Apr 23 at 18:00
the HTT field does not indicate that the processor is actually having hyperthreading in its cores. check the value of 'siblings' and 'cpu cores' in /proc/cpuinfo –  Silver Moon Jun 29 at 9:05
@Silver-Moon Can you explicate? dmidecode reads the SMBIOS and should tell the capabilities of the processor. It does not tell whether hyper-threading is seen or used by the O/S. But this has already been commented on. See also Nils answer –  xebeche Jul 3 at 19:09
@xebeche on my system dmidecode output shows "HTT (Multi-threading)" but my processor is "core 2 quad Q8400" which does not have hyperthreading. check intel specifications. –  Silver Moon Jul 4 at 3:13
@SilverMoon Then you should report a bug against dmidecode. –  xebeche Jul 5 at 13:41
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You can check HT capability of CPU with this command

# grep ht /proc/cpuinfo

You can list physical and logiciel CPU seen by Kernel with the following command:

# egrep -i "processor|physical id" /proc/cpuinfo

It gives this output on a single-core HT enabled CPU:

processor   : 0
physical id : 0
processor   : 1
physical id : 0

You can read the result like this:

processor   : 0 (CPU 0, first logical)
physical id : 0 (CPU 0 is on the first physical)
processor   : 1 (CPU 1, second logical)
physical id : 0 (CPU 1 is on the first physical)
=> It means I have HT enabled
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This will only tell you if the processor is HT capable, not if HT is actually being used. Nodes whose processor is HT-capable but where HT is not enable will still advertise ht in the CPU flags. –  Riccardo Murri Apr 23 at 18:01
@RiccardoMurri As far as I know, when HT is disabled, ht flag does not appear in /proc/cpuinfo –  Coren Apr 24 at 9:48
I'm pretty sure it's not. I have both HT-enabled and HT-disabled servers, and all of them show the ht flag. –  Riccardo Murri Apr 25 at 10:32
@RiccardoMurri Damn it, you're right. It's not like for vmx extension. I have updated my answer. –  Coren May 2 at 12:15
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If the number of logical processors is twice the number of cores you have HT. Use to following script to decode /proc/cpuinfo:

test -f $CPUFILE || exit 1
NUMPHY=`grep "physical id" $CPUFILE | sort -u | wc -l`
NUMLOG=`grep "processor" $CPUFILE | wc -l`
if [ $NUMPHY -eq 1 ]
    echo This system has one physical CPU,
    echo This system has $NUMPHY physical CPUs,
if [ $NUMLOG -gt 1 ]
    echo and $NUMLOG logical CPUs.
    NUMCORE=`grep "core id" $CPUFILE | sort -u | wc -l`
    if [ $NUMCORE -gt 1 ]
        echo For every physical CPU there are $NUMCORE cores.
    echo and one logical CPU.
echo -n The CPU is a `grep "model name" $CPUFILE | sort -u | cut -d : -f 2-`
echo " with`grep "cache size" $CPUFILE | sort -u | cut -d : -f 2-` cache"
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The above examples show if the CPU is capable of HT, but not if it is being used. The last method works but not dual socket servers and VMs tested on Xenserver where it doesn’t display Physical CPU, since there are none.

I found this to be the easiest and less code way, which also worked on all my test environments. but requires bc.

echo "testing ################################### "

nproc=$(grep -i "processor" /proc/cpuinfo | sort -u | wc -l)

phycore=$(cat /proc/cpuinfo | egrep "core id|physical id" | tr -d "\n" | sed s/physical/\\nphysical/g | grep -v ^$ | sort | uniq | wc -l)

if [ -z "$(echo "$phycore *2" | bc | grep $nproc)" ]


echo "Does not look like you have HT Enabled"

if [ -z "$( dmidecode -t processor | grep HTT)" ]


echo "HT is also not Possible on this server"


echo "This server is HT Capable,  However it is Disabled"



   echo "yay  HT Is working"


echo "testing ################################### "

I believe this will work on all platforms, and will tell you if its CPU is capable, and if it is enabled. May be a little messy, I'm a beginner at scripting though. I tested with centos XENSERVER vm, Ubuntu, and Openfiler (rpath)

I have a similar cool script here, would like to see what you think?

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