System Administration

Essential System Tools: hyperfine – command-line benchmarking tool


hyperfine is an easy to use tool for benchmarking. The output is easily readable and understandable. All benchmark runs are performed sequentially.

If you’re looking for software that extends benchmarking to memory profiling, you’ll need to look elsewhere. The developer doesn’t have plans to add support for benchmarking memory usage of a shell command.

hyperfine has picked up over 3,000 GitHub stars.

There’s a couple of Python scripts included in the repository which can be used with exporting the timing summary statistics in JSON. They show advanced statistics, and plot benchmark results.

The developer of hyperfine has developed some other very interesting open source software including bat, a super charged alternative to cat. His calculator project, insect, features in our Calculators Group Test scoring a very credible 7.7 out of 10.

Developer: David Peter and contributors
License: Apache License Version 2.0

hyperfine is written in Rust. Learn Rust with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary

All the essential tools in this series:

Essential System Tools
AlacrittyInnovative, hardware-accelerated terminal emulator
BleachBitSystem cleaning software. Quick and easy way to service your computer
btop++Monitor usage and stats for CPU, memory, disks, network and processes
catfishVersatile file searching software
ClonezillaPartition and disk cloning software
CPU-XSystem profiler with both a GUI and text-based
CzkawkaFind duplicate files, big files, empty files, similar images, and much more
ddrescueData recovery tool, retrieving data from failing drives as safely as possible
dustMore intuitive version of du written in Rust
f3Detect and fix counterfeit flash storage
Fail2banBan hosts that cause multiple authentication errors
fdupesFind or delete duplicate files
FirejailRestrict the running environment of untrusted applications
GlancesCross-platform system monitoring tool written in Python
GPartedResize, copy, and move partitions without data
gtopSystem monitoring dashboard
gWakeOnLANTurn machines on through Wake On LAN
hyperfineCommand-line benchmarking tool
inxiCommand-line system information tool that's a time-saver for everyone
journalctlQuery and display messages from the journal
KrusaderAdvanced, twin-panel (commander-style) file manager
NeofetchSystem information tool written in Bash
NmapNetwork security tool that builds a "map" of the network
nmonSystems administrator, tuner, and benchmark tool
nnnPortable terminal file manager that's amazingly frugal
petSimple command-line snippet manager
PingnooGraphical representation for traceroute and ping output
ps_memAccurate reporting of software's memory consumption
TimeshiftSimilar to Windows' System Restore functionality, Time Machine Tool in Mac OS
QDirStatQt-based directory statistics
QJournalctlGraphical User Interface for systemd’s journalctl
TLPMust-have tool for anyone running Linux on a notebook
UnisonConsole and graphical file synchronization software
VeraCryptStrong disk encryption software
VentoyCreate bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files
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