shows among others 4 users, should I be worried?

According to man uptime

uptime gives a one line display of the following information. The current time, how long the system has been running, how many users are currently logged on, and the system load averages for the past 1, 5, and 15 minutes.

Is there a way to find which four users are "currently logged on"?


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The easiest method to find who is logged on to your system is the use the who command, a part of the gnu coreutils package. It can be used as an ordinary user with no options or with my own favored option which enhances readability:

andrew@ilium~$ who -H
NAME     LINE         TIME             COMMENT
andrew   tty1         2016-05-06 07:34

At times you may see yourself or other users apparently logged in more than once with the use of pts/0and pts/1 in place rather than tty1, This indicates a 'Pseudo Terminal Slave' (= pts) and simply shows that you or another user have opened an application such as xterm, sshd or similar process that creates a pseudoterminal master and slave pairing.

More information concerning pts in the referenced AskUbuntu thread, and the man page link from within the accepted answer:


All of these answers are excessively bloated. Three characters for a command? Please.

The fastest way to find who's logged on and doing what is:

$ w

  • 2
    I like how this shows the WHAT setting.
    – trinaldi
    May 6, 2016 at 14:28
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    It's funny, the longer command "who" is showing less, and the shorter command "w" is showing more.
    – Clockwork
    Mar 19, 2021 at 13:45

You can use the command users to see who is currently logged in. Take care.

who -u

It displays the username, terminal number, login date-time and IP address.


Using who will tell you who's logged in. You can also use ps au and it will show who's logged in and what they are running.


With this command in terminal:

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    this tells who you are logged in as. Not if other users are logged in
    – Ryan w
    Jul 19, 2021 at 18:57

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