How to view droplet's memory usage

September 25, 2014 14.3k views

I am quite surprised there is no graph for memory usage within graphs section. Do I need to enable it somewhere or is it only available for certain price plans?

10 Answers
sudo apt-get install htop

This way you will notice what programs is using most RAM.

For such an important feature to not be included on the graphs page is very odd and inconvenient.

I asked them that too. They don't provide a look inside the VPS. You have to run 'free' or 'top' to get the free memory. I had my sysadmin set up 'sysstat' and I can run 'sar -r' to get a running history of memory usage. Sorry I don't know how to set it up yet.

  • I use the PuTTy and command

    free -m

    Also, my control panel, which is zPanel, comes with a web based GUI system to check, that is phpSysInfo..

  • The problem with free -m is that it will only show me the current memory usage, I would much rather prefer to see usage's history. I have one micro droplet with 512MB of memory, so it is quite crucial. I will have a look into systat, thanks.

  • @sklajn What tool did you use to monitor memory? Even I want to monitor my daily RAM usage and optimize my droplets. Though I use htop to figure memory out but I want to keep a history of memory being used every sec.

I also find the lack of a memory graph to be quite inconvenient.

To install sysstat on Ubuntu / Debian :::
apt install -y sysstat

Once complete - edit /etc/default/sysstat and set ENABLED="true"
Also, in /etc/sysstat/sysstat change the SADC to "-S XALL" to collect all stats

Restart sysstat service

sysstat will now start collecting data

Hi all,
I had this same question. You can see how to enable more in-depth monitoring at the link below.

This includes memory statistics.

Keeping an eye on your server's performance is important, and DigitalOcean provides Droplet graphs with up-to-the minute visualizations of how your server is performing over time. In this guide, we will review the graphs that are available by default, as well as additional...
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