Application-level network monitoring/bandwidth tool for Unix/Mac OSX
Posted on 2006-06-12
There are squillions of tools out there that provide traffic analysis on networks at the IP/Port level, but none that I can see that roll up to the "application" level (e.g., Firefox=10.4%, iChat=39.1%, Azureus=27.6%, ...)
Does anyone know of a tool that will show me dynamically:
a) A breakdown of bandwidth usage by Unix process (KB/sec incoming/outgoing), something perhaps like "top" does for processes
b) A breakdown by "application" (I guess somehow determing what processes are actually applications versus processes. This is likely OS specific, in which case I am searching for Mac OS X specifically)
c) A GUI based tool that provides this information. (X11 or preferably a Mac OS X native one)
The ideal tool would show dynamically bandwidth utilisation of a given application, say Firefox, through a network adapter, say en0 or whatever. The idea being simply to see at a glance which *apps* are chewing up the limited bandwidth of a broadband connection (as opposed to which TCP/IP port).
This is small fry stuff, so a free or inexpensive (say under $50) solution is required
Any help much appreciated. Points awarded to first really good suggestion that solves a,b,c or split between the first few reasonable suggestions that give some of the above.
Thanks in advance