Using the Process Manager

Learn How to Use the cPanel Process Manager

If you notice your websites or databases are running slow, it is an indication that something may be utilizing your server’s resources inefficiently. The Process Manager in WHM can identify the specific commands that are currently running along with how much memory and CPU resources they are using.

Why Resource Management Is Important for VPS Users

One of the best reasons to upgrade to a VPS is having access to this kind of information. This is one of key advantages over shared hosting, in which this kind of information is not available to the user. Getting running processes under control can help make sure you have adequate resources available for your most important assets, like your website, apps, or other properties.

In this guide, we will show you how to use the cPanel Process Manager tool in WHM so you can identify what is taking up the resources on your server.

Using The Process Manager

View of cPanel Process Manager

If you are seeing activity causing a load to be placed on your server, then you can further define what is happening by looking at the process manager. To get to the process manager, you can click on the Load Averages link. The images below break down how you will see the Process Manager in WHM.

NOTE: This guide requires root access. Root access is included (at no extra charge) with our Dedicated Server, VPS, and Reseller VPS Hosting plans.

Process IDA unique number for each active process on the server
OwnerUser or system account that started and owns the process
PriorityA number between -20 and 20 that describes how much time the systems uses to work on the process. -20 is the least CPU intensive, while 20 is the most CPU intensive
CPU%The percentage of your server’s processing power that the process uses
Memory%The percentage of your server’s RAM (memory) that the process uses
Kill Processes by UserYou can select the user with the drop down arrow and then forcibly kill the process for that user
TraceTracing a process lets you observe and control the process as it executes. Click on TRACE in order to trace that process.
Killthis lets you kill the process as per the process ID you have selected

Upgrade to VPS Hosting for Peak Performance

Upgrade to InMotion VPS Hosting today for top-notch performance, security, and flexibility, and save up to $2,493 – a faster, stronger hosting solution is just a click away!

check markDedicated Resources check markNVMe SSD Storage check markHigh-Availability check markIronclad Security check markPremium Support

VPS Hosting Plans

Process Manager sections
WHM / cPanel Kill Process Options

Advanced users can get similar information in the terminal using the htop application.

Learn more about server management from our Managed VPS Hosting Product Guide.

Arnel Custodio Content Writer I

As a writer for InMotion Hosting, Arnel has always aimed to share helpful information and provide knowledge that will help solve problems and aid in achieving goals. He's also been active with WordPress local community groups and events since 2004.

More Articles by Arnel

Was this article helpful? Join the conversation!