Use Intel® VTune™ Amplifier to analyze local and remote target systems on Windows*, macOS*, and Linux* platforms. Improve system performance through these operations:

Understand the Workflow

Use Intel VTune Amplifier to profile an application and analyze results for performance improvements. The general workflow contains these steps:

VTune Amplifier workflow

Before You Begin

Step 1: Start VTune Amplifier

Start VTune Amplifier through one of these ways. For some options, you will then need to create a project to collect analysis results.

Note: You do not need to create a project when running VTune Amplifier from the command line or within Microsoft* Visual Studio.


Step 1a: Start VTune Amplifier

Step 1b: Create a project

Standalone (GUI)

Intel Parallel Studio XE

Intel Media Server Studio

Set up the environment variables.

  • By default, <install_dir> is
    • /opt/intel/vtune_amplifier_2019 when installed with root permissions

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

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

    • bash users: source <install_dir>/

  • Run the amplxe-gui command.

  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.

Intel System Studio

In the Intel System Studio IDE, select Tools > VTune Amplifier > Launch VTune Amplifier. This sets all appropriate environment variables before opening the tool.

Standalone (Command line)

  • Set up the environment variables with the amplxe-vars batch file. For example, if you installed the VTune Amplifier using the default directory, type: C:\[Program Files]\IntelSWTools\VTune Amplifier 2019\amplxe-vars.bat. The batch file displays the product name and the build number.
  • Run the amplxe-cl command.

(Not required)

From Microsoft* Visual Studio IDE

Open your solution in Visual Studio. The VTune Amplifier toolbar is automatically enabled and your Visual Studio project is set as an analysis target.

Step 2: Configure and Run Analysis

After creating a new project, the Configure Analysis window opens with these default values:


Default Value

Target System

Local Host

Analysis Target

Launch Application

Analysis Type


  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 displays analysis results in the Summary pane. Here, you see a performance overview of your application. Switch to other windows for an in-depth analysis.

The Insights section provides guidance for a deeper analysis.

Next Steps

Try a different analysis type to collect performance metrics for your system or application. Click the Browse button in the HOW pane to view other analysis types.

The Matrix project includes results from other analysis types.

Learn 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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