list directory contents on an NTFS filesystem
−a | −−all ] [
−F | −−classify ] [
−f | −−force ] [
−h | −−help ] [
−i | −−inode ] [
−l | −−long ] [
−p | −−path PATH ] [
−q | −−quiet ] [
−s | −−system ] [
−V | −−version ] [
−v | −−verbose ] [
−x | −−dos ]
is used to list information about the files specified by the
PATH option (the root directory by default).
DEVICE is the special file corresponding to the
device (e.g /dev/hdXX) or an NTFS image file.
Below is a
summary of all the options that ntfsls accepts.
Nearly all options have two equivalent names. The short name
is preceded by − and the long name is preceded
by −−. Any single letter options, that
don’t take an argument, can be combined into a single
command, e.g. −fv is equivalent to −f
−v. Long named options can be abbreviated to any
unique prefix of their name.
Display all files. If this
option is not specified file names in the POSIX namespace
will not be displayed.
Append indicator (one of */=@|)
Force execution. For example
necessary to run on an NTFS partition stored in a normal
Print the usage information of
ntfsls and exit.
Print inode number of each
file. This is the MFT reference number in NTFS
Use a long listing format.
The directory whose contents to
list or the file (including the path) about which to display
Show the contents of all
directories beneath the specified directory.
Unless this options is
specified, all files beginning with a dollar sign character
will not be listed as these files are usually system
Print the version number of
ntfsls and exit.
Display short file names, i.e.
files in the DOS namespace, instead of long file names, i.e.
files in the WIN32 namespace.
There are no
known problems with ntfsls. If you find a bug please
send an email describing the problem to the development
This version of
ntfsls was written by Lode Leroy, Anton Altaparmakov,
Richard Russon, Carmelo Kintana and Giang Nguyen. It was
ported to ntfs-3g by Erik Larsson.
is part of the ntfs-3g package and is available from: