Command to check program/applications open in Linux

I wanted to know the command which will output
Applications/Programs let say chrome, firefox or any editor open in linux
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Durga Charan OjhaSr. System AdministratorAsked:
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johnsoneSenior Oracle DBACommented:
ps will tell you running commands.  grep will search the output.

One example would be:

ps -ef | grep -i -e chrome -e firefox -e vi

Add as many more as you want to that.
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Durga Charan OjhaSr. System AdministratorAuthor Commented:
yes that is ok but how would I guess what else is running
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johnsoneSenior Oracle DBACommented:
You have to know what you are looking for.  There isn't a magic mind reading program in Linux that you can say give me what I'm thinking.

There is nothing that would prevent a user from creating a script or program called chrome or firefox or vi or emacs or ex or ed.  There would be no way to distinguish between those and the the "real" programs.

Also, probably want to add the -w switch to grep.
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johnsoneSenior Oracle DBACommented:
Also, the opposite is true.  There is nothing that stops someone from rename chrome to www.  How would you find that?
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kenfcampCommented:
Then just use ps -ef ... This will provide every process running as well as the user it's running as (under) along with PID and date information
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David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Clarify what you mean by "yes that is ok but how would I guess what else is running" as...

ps -ef shows 100% of all processes running.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Here's an alternative: use the "top" command, when it is running type "u" and then type the username (case sensitive) for which you want to see the running programs.

When you're done type "q" to exit top.

(all commands without typing the quotes)
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David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
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