Install HTOP on Mac OS X with Homebrew

If you’re a nerd like me, you love htop. It’s the nicer version of the usual ‘top’ command.

Who doesn’t love this kind of thing running on their computer?

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A long time ago, the only way to install htop was to compile it from source yourself, or worse, copy a binary that someone else compiled.

Well, there’s a better way. And it’s also a great introduction to using the Homebrew package manager for Mac OS X.

Here’s a video of install htop on Mac OS X using Homebrew. Screenshots after the video.


The first step is to visit the site and copy that line of code.

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Great, now open a terminal window, and paste that command in there. If you don’t have Xcode installed, you’ll be prompted to download some components.

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Great, now that Homebrew is installed, you can install packages by using the command “brew install” + the package name. i.e.: “brew install htop” will install htop.

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All done. Now just run ‘htop’ in a terminal window for all your system-monitoring and process-viewing needs.