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Process Hacker is an open source alternative to the famous Process Explorer by Mark Russinovitch.

Is there in the same vein a piece of open source software that can be a serious alternative to Process monitor?

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at the moment I doubt it. Before process monitor , the closest thing was regmon and filemon, which were also sysinternals. and other than that people use uninstallers to monitor before and after a process runs. hope you find things though –  barlop Dec 23 '11 at 4:38
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I'm curious why you're looking for an open source alternative to Process Explorer? It is, after all, totally free and I have had nothing but a good experience when using it. –  cmorse Dec 29 '11 at 17:28
    
@cmorse: Several reasons: · I would like to see the code for curiosity · The license of Process Explorer is quite restrictive for the company I work for (no redistributing it for example). –  Benoit Dec 31 '11 at 16:59
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@cmorse if you want to pre-empt the stallman fanatics taking issue of your use of the term free, or even acknowledge stallman in the topic of open source / libre software then a better phrase to use would be to say it "totally no cost". process explorer isn't libre but it is no cost. –  barlop Mar 15 at 17:50
    
@barlop Yeah, good point. I might just start using "gratis" from now on to avoid confusion. –  cmorse Mar 19 at 20:26

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Yet Another Process Monitor is a very good open source alternative.

If you are particularly interested in taking a look at the code base, let me tell you, the code is a little messy at the moment. But its simple enough to understand whats going on under the hood.

The source code is available at sourceforge

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I'm not seeing where YAPM does the same thing that Process Monitor does. It looks more like an alternative to Process Explorer instead. –  afrazier Jan 19 '12 at 18:03

You could try Process History, to record process starting and stopping as Process monitor does. Which is open source based on WTL, SQLite and Boost, Process Hacker. YAPM appears to be unmaintained since 2010

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