time command

One of the Most Useful Linux Commands: time

If you run or write a lot of software run on the command line from time to time you probably want to know how long something you ran took to run. ¬†What’s great about the time command is all you need to do to use it is throw it in front of whatever you were already running.

Here are a few examples

How long does it take to download a url


Time your python script runtime

real – the wall clock time it took a process to complete, or how long it took to run.
user – number of cpu seconds the process used directly.
sys – number of cpu seconds the kernel used on behalf of the process.