Pipe Viewer

Current version: 1.8.10 (15 June 2024) [src]

pv - Pipe Viewer - is a terminal-based tool for monitoring the progress of data through a pipeline. It can be inserted into any normal pipeline between two processes to give a visual indication of how quickly data is passing through, how long it has taken, how near to completion it is, and an estimate of how long it will be until completion.

Additional support is available for multiple instances working in tandem, to given a visual indicator of relative throughput in a complex pipeline:

Screenshot of Pipe Viewer in action with a complex pipeline

This software is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 or later.

To install pv, follow these steps:

wget https://www.ivarch.com/programs/sources/pv-1.8.10.tar.gz
tar xzf pv-1.8.10.tar.gz
cd pv-1.8.10
sh ./configure
sudo make install

If you do not want to build it from source yourself, several operating systems and Linux distributions carry pv. See the "Packages and ports" section below.

Comments, bug reports, and patches can be sent using the Issue tracker, or through the Contact Form.

Packages and ports

Debian and Ubuntu:Run "sudo apt-get install pv" to install the latest packaged version from "unstable" / "testing" (also see the Debian package tracker page).
Arch Linux:Run "sudo pacman -S pv" to install the latest packaged version (also see the Arch Linux package information page).
Cygwin:Available as a package. (Christian Franke)
Gentoo:Run "emerge sys-apps/pv" to get the latest version (also see the Gentoo package information page). (S. Lockwood-Childs; update from Peter Broadwell)
Slackware:Use this SlackBuild script.
openSUSE Leap 15.3:Run "sudo zypper install pv". (Keith Guitar)
FreeBSD:Listed on FreshPorts.
OpenBSD:Listed under ports.
Fedora:Run "yum install pv"; the "extras" repository may be required (also see the Fedora package information page).
Solaris:Download binary packages from OpenCSW.
OpenSolaris:Includes pv version 1.1.4 in the "/dev" repository (as of build 119). Install with "pkg install SUNWpipe-viewer". (Menno Lageman)
AIX:An RPM from Pawel Piatek is in the downloads section.
SerenityOS:Ported to SerenityOS. (Brian Gianforcaro)
MacPorts:Run "port install pv" to get the latest version. (Brandon Crawford)
Mac HomeBrew:Run "brew install pv" to get the latest version. (Justin Campbell)
Exherbo:Run "cave resolve -x app-misc/pv" to get the latest version. (Wulf C. Krueger)
IRIX Nekoware:Available in the Nekoware "beta" repository. (Mark Round)
Syabas PopcornHour:Someone posted this port in a forum.
Nix:Run "nix-env -i pv". (Erick Ochoa)
Spack:Run "spack install pv" to get the latest version. (Christoph Junghans)



1.8.10 - 15 June 2024

1.8.9 - 21 April 2024

1.8.5 - 19 November 2023

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