How to Find a Process Name Using PID Number in Linux

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Aaron Kili

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3 Responses

  1. Ren Yuntao says:

    Another way to find out a process name using PID:

    $ top -b -n 1 -p | tail -1 | awk ‘{print $NF}’

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Thanks for the sharing the tip, hope it will helpful to other Linux users as well..

    • Aaron Kili says:


      It works just fine, however, you need to specify process PID , for instance:

      top -b -n 1 -p 2458 | tail -1 | awk ‘{print $NF}’

      I know this is what you meant, am simply trying to remind users(especially newbies) who may run the command just as it is above, to know that the -p flag actually requires an argument(process ID).

      Many thanks for the wonderful tip and always following us.

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