I'm on a system with 48 threads and the view for usage is taking up 4/5 of the vertical screen space. Is there a way to toggle the CPU usage window to just view the active PIDs?

  • You can customize it, as recommended below: deleting the CPU entry may or may not be the best option for you, IDK. but I'd suggest looking at the Header layout and Meters options in Setup... you should be able to condense the cpu threads horizontally, into 4 columns, select which meters you want and also adjust the layout ratio... This should allow you to maximize vertical space for processes/threads
    – jrdnjhntsn
    Feb 6 at 15:58

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You can’t toggle the top part of the screen in its entirety, but you can customize it. Press S to open the setup screen, then the right arrow to move to the column with the CPU entry, and Del to remove it. Esc will return to the main view.

Other variants are possible, for example the “CPU average” meter shows the average CPU use across all CPUs on a single line:

htop top section showing CPU average on a single line

Whichever setup you end up with will be stored in htop’s configuration file, so subsequent invocations will start as you left it.

  • Ah ok great, I'll do this and then use sysmon to monitor individual thread usage.
    – BitShift
    Feb 7 at 15:17
  • Actually there is an option to have "all cpus in 8 separate columns" which works very well!
    – BitShift
    Feb 7 at 15:21
  • Yes, I didn’t want to list all the options but there are quite a few different settings — how well they work depends on the number of CPUs and the size of your terminal window. Feb 7 at 15:22

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