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lsof Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to lsof for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is htop, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked seven alternatives to lsof and five of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to lsof are vtop, Sysdig, Ctop and Glsof.

lsof alternatives are mainly Process Monitoring Tools but may also be Process Management Tools or System Information Utilities. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of lsof.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • BSD

Lsof lists open files for running UNIX processes. It is a descendent of ofiles, fstat, and lsof versions 1, 2, and 3.

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    htop

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    htop is an interactive process viewer for Linux. It is a text-mode application (for console or X terminals) and requires ncurses. htop is an interactive top replacement that runs in the terminal.

    ⚫︎ Lightweighthtop consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    lsof ==> ls (list) of (open files) top/htop show processes which may or not have files associated

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  2. vtop is a graphical command-line tool that uses unicode braille to chart CPU and memory usage. It can be easily extended.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfacevtop either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    lsof ==> list open files vtop display running processes

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    Sysdig

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Sysdig is open source, system-level exploration: capture system state and activity from a running Linux instance, then save, filter and analyze. Think of it as strace + tcpdump + lsof + awesome sauce.

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    Ctop

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Docker
    • Linux
    • Go (Programming Language)

    Top-like interface for container metrics. ctop provides a concise and condensed overview of real-time metrics for multiple containers as well as a single container view for inspecting a specific container.

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  5. Glsof

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Glsof is two separate utilities (Queries & FileMonitor) to the command line utility Lsof by Vic Abell. Both applications are written in Java. Another fundamental requirement is the command line Lsof that has to be installed on your system.

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    GUI companion to lsof, not so much an alternative this is Java code that gives some interaction to an otherwise pretty basic command showing open files "lsof"

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