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Install psutil from google repository

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In order to do some profiling of Python scripts (memory profile, in particular) I am installing psutil and memory_profiler. A nice overview of profiling, both time and memory, can be found here.

To start, we install psutil. First, clone the repository using mercurial (make sure to execute the following in sensible place):

hg clone

Next, cd into the new directory and install:

cd psutil
sudo python install

Finally, start Python and try the following commands:

import psutil
print psutil.cpu_times()
print psutil.virtual_memory()

These commands should provide information you would normally obtain using the top command. Check the website for further examples.


Written by Chris S

December 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Posted in Python

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  1. I assume for some reason that you want the latest code, you should be able to install development directly by

    `pip install hg+`

    This also works for Git, and other VCS, see

    If latest code isn’t the goal, stable release is, then just `pip install psutil`, the package is already on PyPI.


    December 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    • Yes, I was going for the latest code. Your example of using pip for the same task is very nice — thanks!

      Chris S

      December 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm

  2. […] In order to do memory profiling of Python scripts I am installing memory_profile. It is recommended that psutil be installed– we covered this in a previous post. […]

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