How to measure memory footprint of Python objects?

Neagu, Adrian Adrian.Neagu at
Wed Sep 20 14:06:08 CEST 2006

Hello everybody,

I try to solve the following problem: I have a python program that takes a
lot of memory (>hundred Mb). I made an improvement (I hope) and I want to
measure the gain (if possible on several platforms). I would like to be able
to print the max memory taken during the run upon exiting my Python program
(like I already do for the time taken to run).

I can see the total process size of the Python process (Task manager on MS
Win or Unix "ps" command) but that is not precise enough for me and also not
convenient. I don't care about the python interpreter overhead, I'm
interested only in the total size of Python objects allocated by my program.
Is there a Python way to get that (meaning without resorting to
non-portable, less precise OS features)? 
I would like to get that size at different given moments in time to make up
a timeline of memory consumption. But, if that is too tricky, I would be
happy to just get the maximum.

Any suggestion welcome,

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