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I tried googling it, but I can't find it. I am looking for:

  1. number of threads in process X

  2. total number of threads running currently

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To get the number of threads for a given pid:

ps -o nlwp <pid>

To the get the sum of all threads running in the system:

ps -eo nlwp | tail -n +2 | awk '{ num_threads += $1 } END { print num_threads }'
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ps -o nlwp <pid> returns NLWP :), what does that mean ? –  Siddharth May 4 '13 at 5:12
@Siddharth NLWP stands for Number of LightWeight Processes which is the number of threads. –  jcollado May 7 '13 at 2:45

I'm basing this answer around ps axms. ps is a great tool for listing what's running.

If you want to filter that by a process, you could try something like this:

echo $(( `ps axms | grep firefox | wc -l`  - 1))

We subtract 1 because grep will show in that list.

For all threads in general this should work:

echo $(( `ps axms | wc -l`  - 1))

We subtract one this time because there is a header row.

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For finding the number of threads running a single process you can look at /proc/<pid>/status. It should list the number of threads as one of the fields.

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