pt-align - Align output from other tools to columns.



pt-align [FILES]

pt-align aligns output from other tools to columns. If no FILES are specified, STDIN is read.

If a tool prints the following output,

foo      bar      100
long_db_name table  1
another  long_name 500

then pt-align reprints the output as,

foo          bar        100
long_db_name table        1
another      long_name  500


The following section is included to inform users about the potential risks, whether known or unknown, of using this tool. The two main categories of risks are those created by the nature of the tool (e.g. read-only tools vs. read-write tools) and those created by bugs.

pt-align is a read-only tool. It should be very low-risk.

At the time of this release, we know of no bugs that could cause serious harm to users.

The authoritative source for updated information is always the online issue tracking system. Issues that affect this tool will be marked as such. You can see a list of such issues at the following URL:

See also “BUGS” for more information on filing bugs and getting help.


pt-align reads lines and splits them into words. It counts how many words each line has, and if there is one number that predominates, it assumes this is the number of words in each line. Then it discards all lines that don’t have that many words, and looks at the 2nd line that does. It assumes this is the first non-header line. Based on whether each word looks numeric or not, it decides on column alignment. Finally, it goes through and decides how wide each column should be, and then prints them out.

This is useful for things like aligning the output of vmstat or iostat so it is easier to read.


This tool does not have any command-line options.


This tool does not use any environment variables.


You need Perl, and some core packages that ought to be installed in any reasonably new version of Perl.


For a list of known bugs, see

Please report bugs at Include the following information in your bug report:

  • Complete command-line used to run the tool
  • Tool --version
  • MySQL version of all servers involved
  • Output from the tool including STDERR
  • Input files (log/dump/config files, etc.)

If possible, include debugging output by running the tool with PTDEBUG; see “ENVIRONMENT”.


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Replace TOOL with the name of any tool.


Baron Schwartz, Brian Fraser, and Daniel Nichter


This tool is part of Percona Toolkit, a collection of advanced command-line tools developed by Percona for MySQL support and consulting. Percona Toolkit was forked from two projects in June, 2011: Maatkit and Aspersa. Those projects were created by Baron Schwartz and developed primarily by him and Daniel Nichter, both of whom are employed by Percona. Visit for more software developed by Percona.


pt-align 2.0.5

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