dstat Command in Linux With Examples

dstat is a tool that is used to retrieve information or statistics form components of the system such as network connections, IO devices, or CPU, etc. It is generally used by system administrators to retrieve a handful of information about the above-mentioned components of the system. It itself performs like vmstat, netstat, iostat, etc. By using this tool one can even see the throughput for block devices that make up a single filesystem or storage system.

Installation of dstat command

On RedHat based OS

yum install dstat

On ubuntu or debian

sudo apt install dstat

Working with dstat Command

1. To display statistics of major OS components


dstat command in Linux

This command will display CPU, Disk, Network, Paging and System stats.

2. To dispay information that was to be displayed by vmstat tool

dstat --vmstat


The above command results in the process and memory stats.

3. To display stats of process using most of the CPU.

dstat -c --top-cpu


This will display the stats of the process which is consuming most of the CPU.

4. To display stats of process using most of the memory.

dstat -d --top-mem


This will display the stats of the process which is consuming most of the memory.

5. To display the list of all plugins

dstat --list


Plugins are the options you want to display the stats of. The above command will list all such plugins.

6. To force float values to be printed

dstat --float


This will force the float values to be printed which were hidden earlier.

7. To force bits values to be printed.

dstat --bits


This will print all the values in bits that were earlier used to be printed in bytes.

8. To display the output without colors

dstat --nocolor


This command will now display the outputs in white color only.

9. To get all stats of the processes.

dstat -a


This comamnd will displayy all the stats of the processes.

10. To display help

dstat --help



This will display the help section of the dstat command.

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