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Top command not found on Debian-based Docker container

Jul 20, 2022 · 1 min read · Post a comment

Some of your Docker Debian-based containers can be killed due to heavy processes running inside the container. If your preferred choice is the top command, most likely you will get the following error: top: command not found. Let’s see how to install top inside the container.


  • Debian
  • sudo privileges


Step 1. Get into a Docker container shell.

sudo docker exec -it <container-id> /bin/bash

Step 2. Update Debian packages.

sudo apt update

Step 3. Install procps command.

sudo apt install procps


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