How To Install Htop on CentOS 7

Install Htop on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Htop on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Htop is an interactive and real-time system-monitor process-viewer written for Linux. It is designed to replace the Unix program top. It shows a frequently updated list of the processes running on a computer, normally ordered by the amount of CPU usage. Unlike top, htop provides a full list of processes running, instead of the top resource-consuming processes. Htop uses color and gives visual information about the processor, swap, and memory status. It is a must-have when you want to monitor the resources of your Linux server over an ssh connection for example.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation htop on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Htop on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, add the EPEL repository and make sure that all packages are up to date.

yum -y install epel-release
yum -y update

Step 2. Install Htop.

  • Install htop using the official CentOS repository.

Install htop process monitoring tool using yum command:

yum -y install htop

After installation, launch htop by entering:

Install Htop on CentOS 7
htop interactive process viewer for Linux
  • Install htop from the source code.

Another option is to compile and install htop from the source. This option is useful when you want to install the latest version of htop:

yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
yum install ncurses-devel
wget http://hisham.hm/htop/releases/1.0.3/htop-1.0.3.tar.gz
tar -xvf htop-1.0.3.tar.gz
cd htop-1.0.3
make install

Congratulations! You have successfully installed htop. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing htop process monitoring tool on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official htop website.

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