Footprint

Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

footprintIn computer science, a footprint is a term used to describe how much space is occupied by a given object. For example, if a computer (or another piece of external hardware) has a small footprint, it takes up smaller amount of desk space.

Software may also have a "footprint"; for instance, a program's "memory footprint" refers to how much memory (measured in bytes, for instance) is required by the program when it is executed.

Hardware terms, Measurements