To check if a process is running in Linux, you can use various commands and methods. Here are a few common approaches:
Open a terminal and run the following command to list all running processes:
This command will display a list of running processes with detailed information, including the process ID (PID), parent process ID (PPID), CPU usage, memory usage, and more. You can then search for the specific process you’re interested in.If you know the name of the process, you can use the
grep command to filter the output and find the desired process. For example, to check if a process named “nginx” is running, you can use:
ps aux | grep nginx
If the process is running, you will see its details in the output. If the process is not running, there will be no output.
pgrep command allows you to search for processes based on their names. Open a terminal and run the following command, replacing
<process_name> with the name of the process you want to check:
If the process is running, the command will return its PID. If the process is not running, there will be no output.
systemctl command (for systemd-based systems):
If you are using a systemd-based Linux distribution, you can use the
systemctl command to check if a specific service is running. Open a terminal and run the following command, replacing
<service_name> with the name of the service you want to check:
systemctl is-active <service_name>
This command will return one of the following values: “active” if the service is running, “inactive” if it is not running, or “unknown” if the service status is not determinable.
These methods should help you determine if a process is running on your Linux system. Choose the appropriate method based on whether you know the process name or need to search for it using other criteria.