Vegeta Build Status go reference

Vegeta is a system resource usage tracking tool built to regularly take snapshots of the memory and CPU load of one or more running processes, so as to dynamically build up a profile of their usage of system resources.


Vegeta supports multiple modes. You can set the “delay” after which the snapshot of the processes is taken by using the “-d” or “–delay” flag. You can also use the “-m” flag and log only the top m processes with maximum memory usage. In either case, the monitoring of the system resource usage is based on repeated calls to the system command ps


Given that vegeta is basically wrapper and parser of “ps” output, naturally the second-most important precondition for vegeta to work on your system is to have the “ps” command available. This is almost certainly true for all POSIX or mostly POSIX-compliant systems, including various flavors of UNIX, Linux’s, Apple Mac OS X’s etc.

Apart from requiring “ps” or something similar on your system, vegeta has no other dependencies whatsoever: it is a single self-contained pure go pkg and uses nothing but the standard Python libraries.


You can either download the binary from here vegeta releases or run the command:

mac: curl -O
ubuntu: curl -O
  • Use the -d or –delay flag to set delay for memory snapshots (default delay = 5 seconds)
  • The -m flag to log only those processes consuming m memory.
  • Use the -p flag to specify the process id of the processes you want to trace. To view the processids you can use: ps aux | sort -rnk 4
  • You can use the –graph or -g flag to also generate a graph for recording maximum memory consumed by the processes that you are recording as a function of time. The outputs will be written in an html file and you can use the browser to view the graph.
  • Sample usage 1: ./vegeta -d 2 -m 5
  • Sample usage 2: ./vegeta -p 570 -p 20860 -p 568
  • In case you get this error: exec format error: ./vegeta, run: go build vegeta.go and try again
  • Graph generation sample: ./vegeta -d 1 --graph