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June 2, 2022

Hello there,

I’ll highly recommend you to examine the server’s resource usage and try to indicate if certain service/process is consuming the server’s resources and thus causing issues with the droplet’s performance.

We have a tutorial that covers the basic usage of the following tools (Top, Netstat, Du, & Other Tools) that can help you to monitor the server resources.

You can also check this question which was previously asked in our community:


Hi @SmallLightCyanAnchor,

Your Dropet could be running slow for any one of the following reasons:

  • Unnecessary services started at boot time by systemd (or whatever init system you’re using)

  • High resource usage from multiple heavy-use applications being open.

  • Some kind of hardware malfunction or misconfiguration.

Checking CPU usage with top:

The top utility gives you a real-time look at what’s going on with the server. By default, when top starts, it shows activity for all CPUs:

$ top

Check for Services Started at Boot Time:

There are different methods to check for services started at boot time. You can use any of the following commands.

$ service --status-all

Check for Free Memory Space:

RAM is where commonly used applications are usually stored. You can use the free command to check for memory information, such as free space available for RAM and so on. Less memory space can also affect a computer’s performance.

$ free

I hope you can figure out why it runs so slowly.

Hope that helps,

-Sergio Turpín

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