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To see the CPU and memory usage of processes in htop on Mac OS X you need to change the user rights as described in "htop isn't returning CPU or memory usage!?".

htop running with root rights is able to stop and kill any process. I don't recommended to use htop with superuser rights without any password confirmation.

What is the best alternative with as less rights as possible?

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For better system security glances i.e. is a better choice for just monitoring the system.

  • Can you explain why this is better? – Simon Sheehan Jun 23 '16 at 18:04
  • Cause it does not need root privileges, it is just saver to work without admin rights. – tasmo Aug 6 '16 at 11:57

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