bandwhich 0.7.0

Display current network utilization by process, connection and remote IP/hostname
bandwhich-0.7.0 is not a library.



This is a CLI utility for displaying current network utilization by process, connection and remote IP/hostname

How does it work?

bandwhich sniffs a given network interface and records IP packet size, cross referencing it with the /proc filesystem on linux or lsof on MacOS. It is responsive to the terminal window size, displaying less info if there is no room for it. It will also attempt to resolve ips to their host name in the background using reverse DNS on a best effort basis.


Arch Linux

yay -S bandwhich


bandwhich is available in nixpkgs, and can be installed, for example, with nix-env:

nix-env -iA nixpkgs.bandwhich

MacOS and other Linux flavours

bandwhich can be installed using the Rust package manager, cargo. If it's not in your distro repositories or the available version is too old, you can install it via rustup. You can find additional installation instructions here.

The minimum supported Rust version is 1.39.0.

cargo install bandwhich

This installs bandwhich to ~/.cargo/bin/bandwhich but you need root priviliges to run bandwhich. To fix that, there are a few options:

  • Give the executable elevated permissions: sudo setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin=+ep ~/.cargo/bin/bandwhich
  • Run sudo ~/.cargo/bin/bandwhich instead of just bandwhich
  • Create a symlink: sudo ln -s ~/.cargo/bin/bandwhich /usr/local/bin/ (or another path on root's PATH)
  • Set root's PATH to match your own sudo env "PATH=$PATH" bandwhich
  • Pass the desired target directory to cargo: sudo cargo install bandwhich --root /usr/local/bin/

Download a prebuilt binary

If you're on linux, you could also get the generic binary from the releases.


Unfortunately, windows is not supported at the moment - if you'd like to contribute a windows port, it would be very much welcome.


    bandwhich [FLAGS] [OPTIONS]

    -h, --help          Prints help information
    -n, --no-resolve    Do not attempt to resolve IPs to their hostnames
    -r, --raw           Machine friendlier output
    -V, --version       Prints version information

    -i, --interface <interface>    The network interface to listen on, eg. eth0

Note that since bandwhich sniffs network packets, it requires root privileges - so you might want to use it with (for example) sudo.

On Linux, you can give the bandwhich binary a permanent capability to use the required privileges, so that you don't need to use sudo bandwhich anymore:

sudo setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin=+ep "$HOME/.cargo/bin/bandwhich"


bandwhich also supports an easier-to-parse mode that can be piped or redirected to a file. For example, try:

bandwhich --raw | grep firefox


Contributions of any kind are very welcome. If you'd like a new feature (or found a bug), please open an issue or a PR.

To set up your development environment:

  1. Clone the project
  2. cargo run, or if you prefer cargo run -- -i <network interface name> (you can often find out the name with ifconfig or iwconfig). You might need root privileges to run this application, so be sure to use (for example) sudo.

To run tests: cargo test

Note that at the moment the tests do not test the os layer (anything in the os folder).

If you are stuck, unsure about how to approach an issue or would like some guidance, you are welcome to contact: