Swiss Java Knife (SJK)
SJK is a command line tool for JVM diagnostic, troubleshooting and profiling.
SJK exploits standard diagnostic interfaces of JVM (such as JMX, JVM attach and perf counters) and add some more logic on top to be useful for common troubleshooting case. SJK is also can be used as library for building application specific diagnostic tools or to enhance your code with self monitoring features.
What you can do with SJK?
- Monitor Java threads in real time
- Analyze head dynamics with advanced class histograms
- Access MBean attributes and operation from command line
- Create flame graphs and over reports from snapshots created VisualVM, Java Flight Recorder or SJK's own sampler
java -jar sjk.jar <cmd> <arguments> java -jar sjk.jar --commands java -jar sjk.jar --help <cmd>
Below a few command from SJK (full command reference).
Pools thread CPU usage of target JVM and periodically report to console.
- can attach via PID or open JMX port
- display thread memory allocation rate and cumulative process allocation rate
- display safe point time consumption (only if attache via PID)
- plus can show histogram of dead objects (histograms of all and live requested, then difference is calculated)
- plus can show N top buckets in histogram
These commands provide basic sample profiler capabilities.
stcap produces hyper-dense stack trace dump
(about 1000 compression rate compared to text format) and
ssa provides few reports over dump files.
stcpy can copy data in archives produced by
stcap (e.g. merging dumps or filtering selected threads).
So far following reports are available
- sophisticated filtering (time, stack trace, thread name)
- stack frame histogram with advanced filtering options
- flame graph visualization (SVG or interactive HTML)
- per thread summary (CPU usage, memory allocation, etc)
- converting back to text format
Dump file can be also processed programatically.
This command allow you to do basic operations with MBean from command line.
- read MBean attributes
- update MBean writeable attributes
- invoke MBean operations (arguments are supported)
- displays composite and tabular data in human readable format
- use wild cards to shorten MBean names (e.g.
- connect to local JVM processes by PID (e.i. any Java process, you do not need to enable JMX server)
- connect to JMX using host:port (password authentication is supported)
jps from JDK.
- plus could display specific system properties of process in output
- plus could display values of specific -XX for HotSpot JVM processes
- plus could filter process java processes by their system properties
Report information about GC in real time. Data is retrieved via JMX.
Dumps all MBeans of target java process to JSON.