User Guide


Set Up Analysis Target

When you create a project for the
Intel® VTune™
performance analysis, you have to specify what you want to profile - your
analysis target
, which could be an executable file, a process, or a whole system.

Supported Targets

Before starting an analysis, make sure your target and system are compiled/configured properly for performance profiling.
supports analysis targets that you can run in these environments:
Development Environment Integration
Target Platform
Programming Language
Programming Model
Virtual Environment

Specify Your Target

To specify your target for analysis:
  1. Click the
    New Project
    button on the toolbar to create a new project.
    If you need to re-configure the target for an existing project, click the
    Configure Analysis
    toolbar button.
    Configure Analysis
    window opens. By default, the project is pre-configured to run the Performance Snapshot analysis.
  2. If you do not run an analysis on the local host, expand the
    pane and select an appropriate target system.
    The target system can be the same as the
    host system
    , which is a system where the
    GUI is installed. If you run an analysis on the same system where the
    is installed (i.e. target system=host system), such a target system is called
    . Target systems other than local are called
    remote systems
    . But both local and remote systems are
    targets, which means you can access them either directly (local) or via a connection (for example, SSH connection to a remote target).
    Local Host
    Run an analysis on the local host system.
    This type of the target system is not available for macOS*.
    Remote Linux (SSH)
    Run an analysis on a remote regular or embedded Linux* system.
    uses the SSH protocol to connect to your remote system. Make sure to fill in the
    SSH Destination
    field with the username, hostname, and port (if required) for your remote Linux target system as
    Android Device (ADB)
    Run an analysis on an Android device.
    uses the Android Debug Bridge* (adb) to connect to your Android device. Make sure to specify an Android device targeted for analysis in the
    ADB Destination
    field. When the ADB connection is set up, the
    automatically detects available devices and displays them in the menu.
    Arbitrary Host (not connected)
    Create a command line configuration for a platform NOT accessible from the current host, which is called an
    arbitrary target
  3. From the
    pane, specify an application to launch or click the Browse button to select a different target type:
    Launch Application
    Enable the
    Launch Application
    pane and choose and configure an application to analyze, which can be either a binary file or a script.
    This target type is not supported for the Hotspots analysis of Android applications. Use the
    Attach to Process
    Launch Android Package
    types instead.
    Attach to Process
    Enable the
    Attach to Process
    pane and choose and configure a process to analyze.
    Profile System
    Enable the
    Profile System
    pane and configure the system-wide analysis that monitors all the software executing on your system.
    Launch Android Package
    Enable the
    Launch Android Package
    pane to specify the name of the Android* package to analyze and configure target options.
  • If you use VTune Profiler as a web server, the list of available targets and target systems differs.
  • For driverless event-based sampling data collection,
    supports local and remote Launch Application, Attach to Process and Profile System target types but their support fully depends on the Linux Perf profiling credentials specified in the
    file and managed by the administrator of your system using root credentials. For more information see the
    perf_event related configuration files
    topic at By default, only user processes profiling at the both user and kernel spaces is permitted, so you need granting wider profiling credentials via the
    file to employ the Profile System target type.

What's Next

As soon as you specified the analysis system and target, you may either click the
button to run Performance Snapshot or click the analysis name in the analysis header to choose a different analysis type.

Product and Performance Information


Performance varies by use, configuration and other factors. Learn more at