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How To Install Sysdig on Debian 11

Install Sysdig on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Sysdig on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Sysdig is an open-source, cross-platform system monitoring and troubleshooting tool. It provides a complete overview of the usage of CPU, Memory, IO, users, and more directly on the command terminal in a well-structured interface also gives us a ton of insight into what actually happens on our servers, containers, or desktops during normal operations.

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 of the Sysdig monitoring on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 11 (Bullseye).
  • 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 Sysdig on Debian 11 Bullseye

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install libc6 libcurl3 gnupg
sudo apt install software-properties-common curl

Step 2. Installing Sysdig on Debian 11.

By default, Sysdig is not available on Debian 11 base repository. Now we run the following command below to download and install Sysdig to your Debian system:

sudo curl -s | sudo bash

After the installation is complete, confirm the version and build of Sysdig by using the following:

sysdig --version

Step 3. Using Sysdig.

First, bring up the display using the following command below:

sudo csysdig


Install Sysdig on Debian 11 Bullseye

In the picture above, you will see columns like PID, Name, CPU, and Comm. These are column descriptions and can be seen by hovering your mouse over them. The syntax of column names is [field name]- [field descriptor].

The fields we care about most usually include:

  • PID – the PID of the process which generated the event.
  • PPID – the PID of the parent process for a given process.
  • %CPU – how much CPU time a process is using.
  • USER – the username of the user responsible for the process.
  • RES – the amount of non-swapped memory a process is using.
  • Command – the command line that started the process.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Sysdig. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the Sysdig monitoring tool on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Sysdig website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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