lsblk - list block devices
lists information about all available or the specified block
devices. The lsblk
command reads the sysfs
to gather information. If the udev db is not available or lsblk
is compiled without udev support than it tries to read LABELs, UUIDs and
filesystem types from the block device. In this case root permissions are
The command prints all block devices (except RAM disks) in a tree-like format by
default. Use lsblk --help
to get a list of all available columns.
The default output, as well as the default output from options like --fs
, is subject to change. So whenever possible, you should
avoid using default outputs in your scripts. Always explicitly define expected
columns by using --output columns-list
in environments where a
stable output is required.
Note that lsblk
might be executed in time when udev
does not have
all information about recently added or modified devices yet. In this case it
is recommended to use udevadm settle
before lsblk to synchronize with
- -a, --all
- Also list empty devices and RAM disk devices.
- -b, --bytes
- Print the SIZE column in bytes rather than in a human-readable
- -D, --discard
- Print information about the discarding capabilities (TRIM, UNMAP) for each
- -z, --zoned
- Print the zone model for each device.
- -d, --nodeps
- Do not print holder devices or slaves. For example, lsblk --nodeps
/dev/sda prints information about the sda device only.
- -e, --exclude list
- Exclude the devices specified by the comma-separated list of major
device numbers. Note that RAM disks (major=1) are excluded by default if
--all is no specified. The filter is applied to the top-level
devices only. This maybe be confusing for --list output format
where hierarchy of the devices is not obvious.
- -f, --fs
- Output info about filesystems. This option is equivalent to
-o NAME,FSTYPE,LABEL,UUID,MOUNTPOINT. The authoritative
information about filesystems and raids is provided by the blkid(8)
- -h, --help
- Display help text and exit.
- -I, --include list
- Include devices specified by the comma-separated list of major
device numbers. The filter is applied to the top-level devices only. This
maybe be confusing for --list output format where hierarchy of the
devices is not obvious.
- -i, --ascii
- Use ASCII characters for tree formatting.
- -J, --json
- Use JSON output format.
- -l, --list
- Produce output in the form of a list.
- -m, --perms
- Output info about device owner, group and mode. This option is equivalent
to -o NAME,SIZE,OWNER,GROUP,MODE.
- -n, --noheadings
- Do not print a header line.
- -o, --output list
- Specify which output columns to print. Use --help to get a list of
all supported columns.
The default list of columns may be extended if list is specified in
the format +list (e.g. lsblk -o +UUID).
- -O, --output-all
- Output all available columns.
- -P, --pairs
- Produce output in the form of key="value" pairs. All potentially
unsafe characters are hex-escaped (\x<code>).
- -p, --paths
- Print full device paths.
- -r, --raw
- Produce output in raw format. All potentially unsafe characters are
hex-escaped (\x<code>) in the NAME, KNAME, LABEL, PARTLABEL and
- -S, --scsi
- Output info about SCSI devices only. All partitions, slaves and holder
devices are ignored.
- -s, --inverse
- Print dependencies in inverse order. If the --list output is
requested then the lines are still ordered by dependencies.
- -t, --topology
- Output info about block-device topology. This option is equivalent to
- -V, --version
- Display version information and exit.
- -x, --sort column
- Sort output lines by column. This option enables --list
output format by default. It is possible to use the option --tree
to force tree-like output and than the tree branches are sorted by the
- --sysroot directory
- Gather data for a Linux instance other than the instance from which the
lsblk command is issued. The specified directory is the system root of the
Linux instance to be inspected. This option is designed for the testing
For partitions, some information (e.g. queue attributes) is inherited from the
command needs to be able to look up each block device by
major:minor numbers, which is done by using /sys/dev/block
. This sysfs
block directory appeared in kernel 2.6.27 (October 2008). In case of problems
with a new enough kernel, check that CONFIG_SYSFS was enabled at the time of
the kernel build.
- none of specified devices found
- some specified devices found, some not found
Milan Broz <email@example.com>
Karel Zak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- enables lsblk debug output.
- enables libblkid debug output.
- enables libmount debug output.
- enables libsmartcols debug output.
- use visible padding characters. Requires enabled LIBSMARTCOLS_DEBUG.
The lsblk command is part of the util-linux package and is available from