nice man page

nice — run a program with modified scheduling priority


nice -n niceness_value command


nice [OPTION] [COMMAND [ARG]...]


Run COMMAND with an adjusted niceness, which affects process scheduling. With no COMMAND, print the current niceness.  Niceness values range from -20 (most favorable to the process) to 19 (least favorable to the process).

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-n, --adjustment=N

add integer N to the niceness (default 10)


display this help and exit


output version information and exit

NOTE: your shell may have its own version of nice, which usually supersedes the version described here.  Please refer to your shell's documentation for details about the options it supports.


Written by David MacKenzie.

Reporting Bugs

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See Also

nice(2), renice(1)

Full documentation at: <>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) nice invocation'

Referenced By

at(1), chrt(1), conntrackd.conf(5), corosync(8), getpriority(2), inn.conf(5), make.conf(5), makehistory(8), nice(2), niceload(1), oggify(1), ovs-ctl(8), procps(1), ps(1), q4wine-helper(1), renice(1), rlwrap(1), sched(7), schedtool(8), skill(1), taskset(1), tvtime-configure(1), unzip(1), xscreensaver(1), zipinfo(1).

December 2017 GNU coreutils 8.29 User Commands