Get Started with Intel® VTune™ Amplifier 2019 for Linux* OS

Intel® VTune™ Amplifier can be installed on Windows*, macOS*, and Linux* platforms and used for analysis of local and remote target systems. Use this tool to analyze the algorithm choices, find serial and parallel code bottlenecks, understand where and how your application can benefit from available hardware resources, and speed up the execution.

VTune Amplifier is available as a standalone product as well as part of the following suites:

Visit the VTune Amplifier training page for videos, webinars, and more to help you get started.

Select Your Host System to Get Started

Before You Begin

  1. Build your application with symbol information and in Release mode with all optimizations enabled. For detailed information on compiler settings, see the VTune Amplifier online user guide.

    If you do not have your own application, a sample application is installed with the product in /home/<user>/intel/amplxe/sample/matrix and a sample project is available from /home/<user>/intel/amplxe/projects/sample (matrix). The examples here use the matrix sample application.

  2. Start the VTune Amplifier.

    • For VTune Amplifier installed standalone, installed with Intel Parallel Studio, or installed with Intel Media Studio

      1. Set up the environment variables:

        • csh/tcsh users: source <install_dir>/amplxe-vars.csh

        • bash users: source <install_dir>/

        By default, the <install_dir> is:

        • /opt/intel/vtune_amplifier_2019 when installed with root permissions

        • $HOME/intel/vtune_amplifier_2019 when installed with user permissions

      2. Launch the VTune Amplifier:

        • For standalone GUI interface, run the amplxe-gui command.

        • For command line interface, run the amplxe-cl command.

    • For VTune Amplifier installed with Intel System Studio

      From within the Intel System Studio IDE, select Tools > VTune Amplifier > Launch VTune Amplifier. Launching from within Intel System Studio sets all appropriate environment variables before opening the tool.

Step 1: Create a Project

  1. Click the menu button in the upper right corner and select New > Project... .

  2. Specify the project name and location in the Create Project dialog box.

  3. Click Create Project.

Step 2: Configure and Run Analysis

After creating a new project, the Configure Analysis window opens with default values of Local Host as the target system, Launch Application as the analysis target, and Hotspots as the analysis type. This is a good starting point for your first analysis.

  1. In the Launch Application section, browse to the location of your application.

  2. Click the start button to launch the application and begin collecting data.

Step 3: View and Analyze Performance Data

When data collection completes, VTune Amplifier finalizes and opens the result. Start your analysis with the Summary window to get an overview of the application performance and then switch to other windows to explore the performance deeper at the granularity of function, source line, and so on. The Insights pane provides performance improvement opportunities.

Find More



Online Training

The online training site is an excellent resource for learning VTune Amplifier basics with Getting Started guides, videos, tutorials, webinars, and technical articles.


VTune Amplifier tutorials guide a new user through basic features with a short sample application.


Performance analysis cookbook that contains recipes identifying and solving the most popular performance problems with the help of VTune Amplifier's analysis types.

Release Notes

The Release Notes document contains the most up-to-date information about the product, including a system requirements, product description, technical support, and known limitations and issues.

Installation Guide

The Installation Guide contains basic installation instructions for VTune Amplifier and post-installation configuration instructions for the various drivers and collectors.

User Guide

The User Guide is the primary documentation for the VTune Amplifier.


You can also download an offline version of all product documentation for Intel® Parallel Studio XE or Intel® System Studio.

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