Monitor a MySQL Server with mytop

Everyone who runs a Linux server knows the top command for process monitoring. The mytop utility does the same thing, but for a MySQL server.

mytop is only an apt-get away:

sudo apt-get install mytop

The basic command for running mytop is as follows:

mytop -u username -p password -d databasename

Some other useful arguments include -s (time in seconds before refreshing the display), -P (specify a non-standard MySQL port to connect to), and -h (connect to a remote host). If you don’t want to have to remember your options, you can create a ~/.mytop file to store arguments in this format:


The mytop display is split into two sections. The first few lines show the hostname, server version, uptime, queries per second (qps) overall, current qps, number of threads, and a lot more. The lower part lists all the threads and their current query.

mytop in action

Press the q key to quit mytop.

I watched mytop on my own server for a while and found that the WP-Cache plugin Tombuntu runs leaves the MySQL server without much to do. But when a dynamic page is served it causes several queries. If you need to know what your database server is doing, mytop is an easy way to find out.

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Have you tried mytop with a remote database? The manpage is very vague on whether it works remotely or not.

After reading your post, I attempted to monitor a mysql db on my web server, to no avail. I specified host, port, etc…but it kept crapping out.

Just curious!

Thanks as always!



I was wondering the same thing, please comment if this works to monitor remote servers.


Follow up: mytop -u -p -P -h will connect it to a remote machine.


mkwerner & coferm,
I just tried it, and I can’t get mytop to connect remotely.

‘mytop -u username -p password -d databasename -h -P 3306’ results in:
‘Can’t connect to MySQL server ‘

Perhaps there is a setting in MySQL that stops this from working.


mytop works fine on remote databases.
But there’s a tweak to be done.
In the mysql database, in the user table, the Host value must be “%” for the User “root”

A simple:

update user set Host=“%” where User=“root”;
flush privileges;

will do it.



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