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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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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
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You could try Process History, it uses on SQLite database to store the process events.

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