You can use various command-line options with esxtop and resxtop in interactive mode.

Table 1. Interactive Mode Command-Line Options
Option Description
h Prints help for resxtop (or esxtop) command-line options.
v Prints resxtop (or esxtop) version number.
s Calls resxtop (or esxtop) in secure mode. In secure mode, the -d command, which specifies delay between updates, is disabled.
d Specifies the delay between updates. The default is five seconds. The minimum is two seconds. Change this with the interactive command s. If you specify a delay of less than two seconds, the delay is set to two seconds.
n Number of iterations. Updates the display n times and exits. Default value is 10000.
server The name of the remote server host to connect to (required for resxtop only).
vihost If you connect indirectly (through vCenter Server), this option should contain the name of the ESXi host you connect to. If you connect directly to the ESXi host, this option is not used. Note that the host name needs to be the same as what is displayed in the vSphere Client.
portnumber The port number to connect to on the remote server. The default port is 443, and unless this is changed on the server, this option is not needed. (resxtop only)
username The user name to be authenticated when connecting to the remote host. The remote server prompts you for a password, as well (resxtop only).
a Show all statistics. This option overrides configuration file setups and shows all statistics. The configuration file can be the default ~/.esxtop50rc configuration file or a user-defined configuration file.
c filename Load a user-defined configuration file. If the -c option is not used, the default configuration filename is ~/.esxtop50rc. Create your own configuration file, specifying a different filename, using the W single-key interactive command.