This page offers a complete list of help articles for performing essential tasks with Instruments. The help articles are grouped into sections based on related tasks. See Instruments User Guide for in-depth information.
- About Instruments
- Launching Instruments
- Creating, Saving, and Opening Trace Documents
- Targeting Devices and Processes
- Accessing and Using Instruments
- Recording, Pausing, and Stopping Traces
- Navigating Collected Data
- Configuring Instruments
- Profiling Your App’s Performance
- Profiling Your App’s Graphics Performance
- Profiling Your App’s Memory Usage
- Profiling Your App’s Energy
- Advanced Tasks
Learn about the different windows and dialogs in Instruments.
About the Instruments Trace Document
About the Trace Document Toolbar
About the Trace Document Timeline Pane
About the Trace Document Detail Pane
About the Trace Document Inspector Pane
About the Library Palette
About the Flags Palette
About Trace Templates
About the Profiling Template Selection Dialog
About the Preferences Window
Learn how to open Instruments so you can begin profiling.
Launching Instruments from the Xcode Menu
Launching Instruments from the Dock
Adding Instruments to Your Dock
Launching Instruments from Launchpad
Launching Instruments from the Command Line
Creating, Saving, and Opening Trace Documents
Learn how to work with trace documents.
Creating a Trace Document
Saving a Trace Document
Saving a Trace Document as a Profiling Template
Opening a Trace Document
Closing a Trace Document
Targeting Devices and Processes
Learn how to select a device and process to profile.
Targeting a Device and Process
Targeting an iOS Device
Targeting an iOS Device Wirelessly
Targeting an Apple Watch
Accessing and Using Instruments
Lean how to work with individual instruments in a trace document.
Displaying the Library Palette
Filtering for a Specific Instrument in the Library Palette
Changing the View Mode of the Library Palette
Adding an Instrument to a Trace Document
Removing an Instrument from a Trace Document
Configuring an Instrument's Record Settings
Configuring an Instrument's Display Settings
Recording, Pausing, and Stopping Traces
Learn how to profile your app.
Recording a Trace
Setting Recording Options
Pausing a Trace
Stopping a Trace
Profiling from the Dock
Profiling Your App from the Xcode Build and Product Menus
Using a Default Template When Profiling from the Xcode Build and Product Menus
Profiling from the Xcode Gauges While Debugging
Profiling with the instruments Command-line Tool
Collecting and Viewing Data with the iprofiler Command-line Tool
Running a Trace in Deferred Mode
Running Instruments in Deferred Mode
Navigating Collected Data
Learn how to analyze data collected while profiling your app.
Zooming In and Out in the Timeline Pane
Filtering a Range of Data in the Timeline Pane
Setting Flags in the Timeline Pane
View Different Types of Data in the Detail Pane
Use the Extended Detail Pane
Accessing Trace Data for Multiple Runs
Accessing Source Code from Instruments
Learn how to adjust various settings in Instruments.
Mapping Data to Source Code
Setting General Preferences
Setting Recording Preferences
Setting CPUs Preferences
Setting Symbols Preferences
Profiling Your App’s Performance
Learn how to check your app for performance problems.
Track CPU Core and Thread Use
Look for Performance Bottlenecks
Use Activity Monitor to Track Overall Network and Disk Use
Monitor Network Connections of an iOS App
Monitor Disk Use in OS X
Profiling Your App’s Graphics Performance
Learn how to check your app for graphics problems.
Measuring Core Animation Graphics Performance in iOS
Measuring OpenGL Activity in iOS
Finding Graphics-Related Bottlenecks in iOS or OS X
Profiling Your App’s Memory Usage
Learn how to check your app for memory problems.
Finding Abandoned Memory
Finding Memory Leaks
Profiling Your App’s Energy
Learn how to check your app for inefficient energy usage.
Measuring the Energy Impact of an iOS Device
Logging Energy Usage Directly on an iOS Device
Learn how to perform advanced tasks in Instruments.
Creating a Custom Instrument