The typeperf command writes performance data to the command window or to a log file. To stop typeperf, press CTRL+C.


typeperf <counter [counter ...]> [options]
typeperf -cf <filename> [options]
typeperf -q [object] [options]
typeperf -qx [object] [options]


Parameter Description
<counter [counter […]]> Specifies performance counters to monitor.


<counter> is the full name of a performance counter in \\Computer\Object(Instance)\Counter format, such as \\Server1\Processor(0)% User Time.


Option Description
-? Displays context-sensitive help.
-f <CSV|TSV|BIN|SQL> Specifies the output file format. The default is CSV.
-cf <filename> Specifies a file containing a list of performance counters to monitor, with one counter per line.
-si <[[hh:]mm:]ss> Specifies the sample interval. The default is one second.
-o <filename> Specifies the path for the output file, or the SQL database. The default is STDOUT (written to the command window).
-q [object] Display a list of installed counters (no instances). To list counters for one object, include the object name. ***EXAMPLE
-qx [object] Display a list of installed counters with instances. To list counters for one object, include the object name.
-sc <samples> Specifies the number of samples to collect. The default is to collect data until CTRL+C is pressed.
-config <filename> Specifies a settings file containing command options.
-s <computer_name> Specifies a remote computer to monitor if no computer is specified in the counter path.
-y Answer yes to all questions without prompting.


  • To writes the values for the local computer's performance counter \\Processor(_Total)% Processor Time to the command window at a default sample interval of 1 second until CTRL+C is pressed.
    typeperf \Processor(_Total)\% Processor Time
  • To writes the values for the list of counters in the file counters.txt to the tab-delimited file domain2.tsv at a sample interval of 5 seconds until 50 samples have been collected.
    typeperf -cf counters.txt -si 5 -sc 50 -f TSV -o domain2.tsv
  • To queries installed counters with instances for the counter object PhysicalDisk and writes the resulting list to the file counters.txt.
    typeperf -qx PhysicalDisk -o counters.txt