pg_activity is a top like application for PostgreSQL server activity monitoring.
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Command line tool for PostgreSQL server activity monitoring.


  • python2.6
  • psycopg22.2.1
  • psutil0.5.1

Installation from sources: setuptools0.6.14


sudo python install

Installation with man page

sudo python install --with-man


pg_activity works localy or remotely. In local execution context, to obtain sufficient rights to display system informations, the system user running pg_activity must be the same user running postgresql server (postgres by default), or have more rights like root. Otherwise, pg_activity can fallback to a degraded mode without displaying system informations. On the same way, PostgreSQL user used to connect to the database must be super-user.

sudo -u postgres pg_activity -U postgres


pg_activity [options]

	--version            Show program's version number and exit 
                    	  Database user name (default: "postgres").
	-p PORT, --port=PORT  Database server port (default: "5432").
						  Database server host or socket directory (default:
    -d DBNAME, --dbname=DBNAME
                          Database name to connect to (default: "postgres").
	-C, --no-color        Disable color usage.
	--blocksize=BLOCKSIZE Filesystem blocksize (default: 4096).
	--rds                 Enable support for AWS RDS.
	--help                Show this help message and exit.
	--debug               Enable debug mode for traceback tracking.

Display options, you can exclude some columns by using them :
	--no-database         Disable DATABASE.
	--no-user             Disable USER.
	--no-client           Disable CLIENT.
	--no-cpu              Disable CPU%.
	--no-mem              Disable MEM%.
	--no-read             Disable READ/s.
	--no-write            Disable WRITE/s.
	--no-time             Disable TIME+.
	--no-wait             Disable W.

Interactives commands

Key Action
C Activate/deactivate colors
r Sort by READ/s, descending
w Sort by WRITE/s, descending
c Sort by CPU%, descending
m Sort by MEM%, descending
t Sort by TIME+, descending
Space Pause on/off
v Change queries display mode: full, truncated, indented
UP/DOWN Scroll processes list
q Quit
+ Increase refresh time. Maximum value : 3s
- Decrease refresh time. Minimum Value : 1s
F1/1 Running queries list
F2/2 Waiting queries list
F3/3 Blocking queries list
h Help page
R Refresh

Navigation mode

Key Action
UP Move up the cursor
DOWN Move down the cursor
k Terminate the current backend/tagged backends
Space Tag or untag the process
q Quit
Other Back to activity


pg_activity screenshot