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GNOME-DISKS(1) gnome-disk-utility GNOME-DISKS(1)


gnome-disks - the GNOME Disks application


gnome-disks [OPTIONS]


gnome-disks is the command to launch the GNOME Disks application. Disks provides a way to inspect, format, partition and configure disks and block devices.
The Disks application is single-instance. What this means is that if the application is not already running when the gnome-disks command is invoked, it will get launched and the command invocation will block until the application exits. Otherwise the existing application instance will be used and the gnome-disks command will exit immediately.


The following options are understood:
--block-device DEVICE
Switches to the Disks application and selects the block device given by DEVICE (for example, /dev/sda).
--block-device DEVICE --format-device [--xid WINDOW-ID]
Shows the “Format Volume” dialog for the block device given by DEVICE (for example, /dev/sdb1). If WINDOW-ID is given, makes the dialog transient to the given XID.
--restore-disk-image FILE
Shows the “Restore Disk Image” dialog for the file given by FILE (for example, /home/user/Downloads/SuperOS.iso) and prompts the user to choose a disk to restore the image unto.
-h, --help
Prints a short help text and exits.


Written by David Zeuthen <> with a lot of help from many others.


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gnome-disk-image-mounter(1), udisks(8)
March 2013 GNOME