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The jconsole Command


jconsole - start a graphical console to monitor and manage Java applications


jconsole [-interval=n] [-notile] [-plugin path] [-version] [connection ... ] [-Jinput_arguments]

jconsole -help


Sets the update interval to n seconds (default is 4 seconds).
Doesn't tile the windows for two or more connections.
-pluginpath path
Specifies the path that jconsole uses to look up plug-ins. The plug-in path should contain a provider-configuration file named META-INF/services/ that contains one line for each plug-in. The line specifies the fully qualified class name of the class implementing the class.
Prints the program version.
connection = pid | host:port | jmxURL

A connection is described by either pid, host:port or jmxURL.

  • The pid value is the process ID of a target process. The JVM must be running with the same user ID as the user ID running the jconsole command.

  • The host:port values are the name of the host system on which the JVM is running, and the port number specified by the system property when the JVM was started.

  • The jmxUrl value is the address of the JMX agent to be connected to as described in JMXServiceURL.

Passes input_arguments to the JVM on which the jconsole command is run.
-help or --help
Displays the help message for the command.


The jconsole command starts a graphical console tool that lets you monitor and manage Java applications and virtual machines on a local or remote machine.

On Windows, the jconsole command doesn't associate with a console window. It does, however, display a dialog box with error information when the jconsole command fails.