ntfsls - list directory contents on an NTFS filesystem


ntfsls [options] device

ntfsls [ -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 ] device


ntfsls 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.
-a, --all Display all files. If this option is not specified file names in the POSIX namespace will not be displayed.
-F, --classify
 Append indicator (one of */=@|) to entries.
-f, --force
 Force execution. For example necessary to run on an NTFS partition stored in a normal file.
-h, --help Print the usage information of ntfsls and exit.
-i, --inode
 Print inode number of each file. This is the MFT reference number in NTFS terminology.
-l, --long Use a long listing format.
-p, --path PATH
 The directory whose contents to list or the file (including the path) about which to display information.
-q, --quiet
 Suppress some debug/warning/error messages.
-R, --recursive
 Show the contents of all directories beneath the specified directory.
-s, --system
 Unless this options is specified, all files beginning with a dollar sign character will not be listed as these files are usually system files.
-v, --verbose
 Display more debug/warning/error messages.
-V, --version
 Print the version number of ntfsls and exit.
-x, --dos 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 team:


This version of ntfsls was written by Lode Leroy, Anton Altaparmakov, Richard Russon, Carmelo Kintana and Giang Nguyen.


ntfsls is part of the ntfsprogs package and is available from:

The manual pages are available online at:



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