tload – Display system load status

The tload command is a Linux utility that displays the current system load status in a graphical format. It provides a quick and easy way to monitor the system load and identify potential performance issues.


The tload command is very simple to use. Simply type tload in the terminal and it will display a graphical representation of the system load. The display consists of three bars, each representing the load average for the last 1, 5, and 15 minutes respectively.

$ tload

The load average is a measure of the amount of work that a system is doing over a period of time. It takes into account both the number of processes that are running and the amount of CPU time that is being used by those processes.

Tload is particularly useful for identifying performance issues on a system. If the load average is consistently high, it may indicate that the system is overloaded and that additional resources are required.


The tload command has no options available.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter issues with the tload command, there are a few things you can try:

  • Make sure that you have the tload command installed. It is part of the procps package, which should be installed by default on most Linux distributions.
  • If you are running the command remotely, make sure that you have X11 forwarding enabled. The tload command requires a graphical display to work properly.
  • If the output of the tload command is not updating, it may be because the system load is not changing. Try running some CPU-intensive tasks to see if the output updates.


  • The tload command is a simple and effective way to monitor system load, but it is not a replacement for more advanced monitoring tools such as top or htop.
  • The load average values displayed by the tload command are not directly comparable to CPU usage percentages. The load average takes into account both the number of processes and the amount of CPU time, whereas CPU usage percentages only take into account the amount of CPU time.