When comparing htop vs atop, the Slant community recommends htop for most people. In the question“What are the best system monitors for Linux?” htop is ranked 1st while atop is ranked 6th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Important information all in one place
htop is a terminal application which displays all running processes in an ordered list view. There's just one view of htop which displays everything. This avoids needless navigation through different views which usually is very time consuming.
Pro Easily kill any process
You can scroll down to any process that you want to kill and just press
k to kill it.
Pro Has process tree view
Pro All in one
Better than top, htop and iotop
Pro Complete and flexibe
Has a ton of possible profiles to show exactly what you need to monitor.
Pro Better than htop, top, and iotop
Highlights bottlenecks, so you know what's creating wait states.
Con No network activity details
Con Horrible GUI
Con Lacks VIM bindings
Navigation is difficult if you have VIM bindings in your muscle memory.