procs 0.4.3

A modern replacement for ps
procs-0.4.3 is not a library.


procs is a replacement for ps written by Rust.

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  • Output by the colored and human-readable format
  • Keyword search over multi-column
  • Some additional information (ex. TCP/UDP port, Read/Write throughput, Docker container name) which are not supported by ps
  • Pager support


Linux is supported only.


Download binary

Download from release page, and extract to the directory in PATH.


You can install by cargo.

cargo install procs


Show all processes

Type procs only. It shows the information of all processes.

$ procs


Search by non-numeric keyword

If you add any keyword as argument, it is matched to USER, Command, Docker by default.

$ procs zsh


Search by numeric keyword

If a numeric is used as the keyword, it is matched to PID, TCP, UDP by default. Numeric is treated as exact match, and non-numeric is treated as partial match by default.

$ procs 6000 60000 60001 16723


Note that procfs permissions only allow identifying listening ports for processes owned by the current user, so not all ports will show up unless run as root.

Show Docker container name

If you have access permission to docker daemon ( unix:///var/run/docker.sock ), Docker column is added.

$ procs growi



If output lines exceed terminal height, pager is used automatically. This behavior and pager command can be specified by configuration file.


You can change configuration by ~/.procs.toml like below. The complete example of ~/.procs.toml can be generated by --config option.

kind = "Pid"
style = "BrightYellow"
numeric_search = true
nonnumeric_search = false

kind = "Username"
style = "BrightGreen"
numeric_search = false
nonnumeric_search = true

header = "BrightWhite"
unit = "BrightWhite"

color_000 = "BrightBlue"
color_025 = "BrightGreen"
color_050 = "BrightYellow"
color_075 = "BrightRed"
color_100 = "BrightRed"

color_d = "BrightRed"
color_r = "BrightGreen"
color_s = "BrightBlue"
color_t = "BrightCyan"
color_z = "BrightMagenta"
color_x = "BrightMagenta"
color_k = "BrightYellow"
color_w = "BrightYellow"
color_p = "BrightYellow"

color_k = "BrightBlue"
color_m = "BrightGreen"
color_g = "BrightYellow"
color_t = "BrightRed"
color_p = "BrightRed"
color_x = "BrightBlue"

numeric_search = "Exact"
nonnumeric_search = "Partial"

show_self = false

column = 0
order = "Ascending"

path = "unix:///var/run/docker.sock"

mode = "Auto"

[[columns]] section

[[columns]] section defines which columns are used. The first [[columns]] is shown at left side, and the last is shown at right side. kind is column type and style is column color. numeric_search and nonnumeric_search mean whether this column can be matched by numeric/non-numeric search keyword. The available list of kind and style is below.

There are some special styles like ByPercentage, ByState, ByUnit. These are the styles for value-aware coloring. For example, if ByUnit is choosen, color can be specified for each unit of value ( like K, M, G,,, ). The colors can be configured in [style.by_unit] section.

kind list

procs kind ps STANDARD FORMAT Description
Command args Command with all arguments
CpuTime cputime Cumulative CPU time
Eip eip Instruction pointer
Esp esp Stack pointer
Docker -not supported- Docker container name
MajFlt maj_flt Major page fault count
MinFlt min_flt Minor page fault count
Nice ni Nice value
Pid pid Process ID
Ppid ppid Parent process ID
Priority pri Priority
Processor psr Currently assigned processor
ReadBytes -not supported- Read bytes from storage
RtPriority rtprio Real-time priority
Separator -not supported- Show `
StartTime start_time Starting time
State s Process State
TcpPort -not supported- Binded TCP ports
Threads nlwp Thread count
Tty tty Controlling TTY
UdpPort -not supported- Binded UDP ports
UsageCpu %cpu CPU utilization
UsageMem %mem Memory utilization
Username euser User name
VmRss rss Resident set size
VmSize vsz Physical page size
WriteByte -not supported- Write bytes to storage

style list

  • BrightRed
  • BrightGreen
  • BrightYellow
  • BrightBlue
  • BrightMagenta
  • BrightCyan
  • BrightWhite
  • Red
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Magenta
  • Cyan
  • White
  • ByPercentage
  • ByState
  • ByUnit

[style] section

[style] section defines colors of header and unit line. The available list of color is below.

color list

  • BrightRed
  • BrightGreen
  • BrightYellow
  • BrightBlue
  • BrightMagenta
  • BrightCyan
  • BrightWhite
  • Red
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Magenta
  • Cyan
  • White

[style.by_*] section

[style.by_*] section defines colors of special styles like ByPercentage, ByState, ByUnit. The available list of color is the same as the list of [style] section.

[search] section

[search] section defines match policy. Policy can be Exact or Partial.

[display] section

[display] section defines option for display. show_self means whether the self ( procs ) process is shown.

[sort] section

[sort] section defines the column used for sort and sort order. If column is 0, value is sorted by left column. order can be Ascending or Descending.

[docker] section

[docker] section defines how to communicate to docker daemon. path means UNIX domain socket to docker daemon.

[pager] section

[pager] section defines the behavior of pager. mode can be Auto, Always or Disable. If Auto, pager is used only when output lines exceed terminal height. Pager command is choosen by PAGER environment variable, but you can specify pager comand like below:

mode = "Auto"
command = "less"

If more is used, -f option is recommended.

mode = "Auto"
command = "more -f"