Java – How to find a Java thread running on Linux with ps -axl


I have a running JVM with two threads. Is it possible to see these running threads on my Linux OS with ps -axl ? I am trying to find out what priority the OS is giving to my threads. More info about this other issue here.

Best Solution


jps -v

for finding your java process. Sample Output:

3825 RemoteMavenServer -Djava.awt.headless=true -Xmx512m -Dfile.encoding=MacRoman
6172 AppMain -Didea.launcher.port=7533 -Didea.launcher.bin.path=/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8
6175 Jps -Dapplication.home=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0_31-b04-411.jdk/Contents/Home -Xms8m

Then use

jstack 6172

(6172 is id of your process) to get stack of threads inside jvm. Thread priority could be found from it. Sample output:

"main" **prio=5** tid=7ff255800800 nid=0x104bec000 waiting on condition [104beb000]
   java.lang.Thread.State: TIMED_WAITING (sleeping)
    at java.lang.Thread.sleep(Native Method)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
    at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
    at com.intellij.rt.execution.application.AppMain.main(



EDIT: If application running under different user than yourself (typical case on production and other non-local environments) then jps/jstack should be run via sudo. Examples:

sudo jps -v

sudo jstack 6172