See Your Mac’s Usage Stats With MiniUsage [OS X Tips]


miniusage Screen

MiniUsage is a clever little menu bar app for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It allows users to see what’s going on within their system, from memory to CPU to disk access, right from the OS X menu bar. It’s also compatible with AppleScript, so savvy users can geek out a bit and customize the behavior of the app.

Most of the usage data can be found elsewhere, like in Activity Monitor or commands in the Terminal, but it’s nice to have quick access to all this information in one place, easily accessible with a mouse click.

MiniUsage is donationware, and the developers ask that if users use and enjoy it, they make a small donation to the Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster (they suggest the American Red Cross).

[Source: FreeMacWare]

  • Steve High

    Here’s the very lo-tech way I check to see what programs are causing my MBP to roast my nethers:

    Open terminal, and type:

    touch .bash_profile
    open -a TextEdit .bash_profile

    TextEdit will open, and the file may or may not be blank.  At the end of the file, add this line:

    alias cpuhog=’top -o cpu -stats command,cpu’

    Save the file.  Back in Terminal, type:

    source ~/.bash_profile

    You only ever need to do this once. You just created an alias in your bash shell!

    now type:


    …and see who is hogging your cpu.  If you do iOS development, there’s a particularly nasty program called BTServer that sometimes goes crazy and consumes the CPU until you kill it.

    To STOP cpuhog, simply type ‘q’ in the terminal.

    To kill the offending process (PLEASE make sure you know what it is before you do this) type in Terminal:

    kill `pidof [processName]`

    …where [processname] is the name of the offending process.