Bpytop | Linux/OSX/FreeBSD Resource Monitor


Resource monitor that shows usage and stats for processor, memory, disks, network and processes.
Python port of bashtop.


  • Easy to use, with a game inspired menu system.
  • Full mouse support, all buttons with a highlighted key is clickable and mouse scroll works in process list and menu boxes.
  • Fast and responsive UI with UP, DOWN keys process selection.
  • Function for showing detailed stats for selected process.
  • Ability to filter processes, multiple filters can be entered.
  • Easy switching between sorting options.
  • Send SIGTERM, SIGKILL, SIGINT to selected process.
  • UI menu for changing all config file options.
  • Auto scaling graph for network usage.
  • Shows message in menu if new version is available
  • Shows current read and write speeds for disks

Bpytop uses the same theme files as bashtop so any theme made for bashtop will work.
See themes folder for available themes.
The make install command places the default themes in /usr/local/share/bpytop/themes . User created themes should be placed in $HOME/.config/bpytop/themes .
Let me know if you want to contribute with new themes.

Support and funding
You can sponsor this project through github, see my sponsors page for options.
Or donate through paypal or ko-fi.
Any support is greatly appreciated!


Mac Os X
Will not display correctly in the standard terminal! Recommended alternative iTerm2
Will also need to be run as superuser to display stats for processes not owned by user.

Linux, Mac Os X and FreeBSD
For correct display, a terminal with support for:

Also needs a UTF8 locale and a font that covers:

  • Unicode Block “Braille Patterns” U+2800 – U+28FF
  • Unicode Block “Geometric Shapes” U+25A0 – U+25FF
  • Unicode Block “Box Drawing” and “Block Elements” U+2500 – U+259F

Dropbear seems to not be able to set correct locale. So if accessing bpytop over ssh, OpenSSH is recommended.

Python3 (v3.6 or later)
psutil module (v5.7.0 or later)

Optionals for additional stats
(Optional OSX) osx-cpu-temp Needed to show CPU temperatures.


Main UI showing details for a selected process. Screenshot 1

Main UI in mini mode. Screenshot 2

Main menu. Screenshot 3

Options menu. Screenshot 4


PyPi (will always have latest version)

Install or update to latest version

pip3 install bpytop --upgrade

Arch Linux

Available in the AUR as bpytop


Debian based

Available for debian/ubuntu from Azlux’s repository

FreeBSD package

Available in FreeBSD ports

Install pre-built package

sudo pkg install bpytop

Fedora/CentOS 8 package

Available in the Fedora and EPEL-8 repository.


sudo dnf install bpytop

Gentoo / Calculate Linux

Available from adrien-overlay


sudo emerge -av sys-process/bpytop

Snap package

by @kz6fittycent

Install the package

sudo snap install bpytop

Give permissions

sudo snap connect bpytop:mount-observe sudo snap connect bpytop:network-control sudo snap connect bpytop:hardware-observe sudo snap connect bpytop:system-observe sudo snap connect bpytop:process-control sudo snap connect bpytop:physical-memory-observe

The config folder will be located in ~/snap/bpytop/current/.config/bpytop

Manual installation

Dependencies installation Linux

Install python3 and git with a package manager of you choice

Install psutil python module (sudo might be required)

python3 -m pip install psutil

Dependencies installation OSX

Install homebrew if not already installed

/bin/bash -c “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)”

Install python3 if not already installed

brew install python3 git

Install psutil python module

python3 -m pip install psutil

Install optional dependency coretemp (recommended), or osx-cpu-temp (less accurate)

brew install hacker1024/hacker1024/coretemp

brew install osx-cpu-temp

Dependencies installation FreeBSD

Install with pkg and pip

sudo pkg install git python3 py37-psutil

Manual installation Linux, OSX and FreeBSD

Clone and install

git clone https://github.com/aristocratos/bpytop.git cd bpytop sudo make install

to uninstall it

sudo make uninstall


All options changeable from within UI. Config files stored in “$HOME/.config/bpytop” folder

bpytop.cfg: (auto generated if not found)

“/etc/bpytop.conf” will be used as default seed for config file creation if it exists.

#? Config file for bpytop v. 1.0.22

#* Color theme, looks for a .theme file in "/usr/[local/]share/bpytop/themes" and "~/.config/bpytop/themes", "Default" for builtin default theme.
#* Prefix name by a plus sign (+) for a theme located in user themes folder, i.e. color_theme="+monokai"

#* If the theme set background should be shown, set to False if you want terminal background transparency

#* Set bpytop view mode, "full" for everything shown, "proc" for cpu stats and processes, "stat" for cpu, mem, disks and net stats shown.

#* Update time in milliseconds, increases automatically if set below internal loops processing time, recommended 2000 ms or above for better sample times for graphs.

#* Processes sorting, "pid" "program" "arguments" "threads" "user" "memory" "cpu lazy" "cpu responsive",
#* "cpu lazy" updates top process over time, "cpu responsive" updates top process directly.
proc_sorting="cpu lazy"

#* Reverse sorting order, True or False.

#* Show processes as a tree

#* Use the cpu graph colors in the process list.

#* Use a darkening gradient in the process list.

#* If process cpu usage should be of the core it's running on or usage of the total available cpu power.

#* Show process memory as bytes instead of percent

#* Check cpu temperature, needs "osx-cpu-temp" on MacOS X.

#* Draw a clock at top of screen, formatting according to strftime, empty string to disable.

#* Update main ui in background when menus are showing, set this to false if the menus is flickering too much for comfort.

#* Custom cpu model name, empty string to disable.

#* Optional filter for shown disks, should be last folder in path of a mountpoint, "root" replaces "/", separate multiple values with comma.
#* Begin line with "exclude=" to change to exclude filter, oterwise defaults to "most include" filter. Example: disks_filter="exclude=boot, home"

#* Show graphs instead of meters for memory values.

#* If swap memory should be shown in memory box.

#* Show swap as a disk, ignores show_swap value above, inserts itself after first disk.

#* If mem box should be split to also show disks info.

#* Set fixed values for network graphs, default "10M" = 10 Mibibytes, possible units "K", "M", "G", append with "bit" for bits instead of bytes, i.e "100mbit"

#* Start in network graphs auto rescaling mode, ignores any values set above and rescales down to 10 Kibibytes at the lowest.

#* Sync the scaling for download and upload to whichever currently has the highest scale

#* If the network graphs color gradient should scale to bandwith usage or auto scale, bandwith usage is based on "net_download" and "net_upload" values

#* Show init screen at startup, the init screen is purely cosmetical

#* Enable check for new version from github.com/aristocratos/bpytop at start.

#* Set loglevel for "~/.config/bpytop/error.log" levels are: "ERROR" "WARNING" "INFO" "DEBUG".
#* The level set includes all lower levels, i.e. "DEBUG" will show all logging info.

Command line options:

USAGE: bpytop [argument]

    -f, --full            Start in full mode showing all boxes [default]
    -p, --proc            Start in minimal mode without memory and net boxes
    -s, --stat            Start in minimal mode without process box
    -v, --version         Show version info and exit
    -h, --help            Show this help message and exit
    --debug               Start with loglevel set to DEBUG overriding value set in config


  • Add gpu temp and usage.
  • Add cpu and mem stats for docker containers. (If feasible)
  • Change process list to line scroll instead of page change.
  • Add options for resizing all boxes.
  • Add command line argument parsing.
  • Miscellaneous optimizations and code cleanup.


Apache License 2.0