In windows, the "My Computer" view shows how much disk space each partition/volume has.

How do I get this information in linux? (linux mint)


At the bottom of every tab/window in nautilus it will display how much free space is on the drive you are currently browsing if you have no folders/files selected.

  • nice, didn't realize it! – hasen Jul 22 '09 at 18:20

The command-line tool to use is df.

In pretty form, df -h to get the results in human-friendly form.

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    I'd suggest df -alh. This shows even hidden mounted file systems, but only local ones (no NFS or SMB drives). – Jack M. Jul 22 '09 at 18:45
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    Whoa whoa whoa. You must mean df --si. – andrew.n Jul 23 '09 at 2:19

This is a reminder on the usage of sort with df:

df -alhk | sort -nk2  # list disk usage and sort by used blocks
df -alhT | sort -hk3  # show and sort by human-readable usage
df --si | sort -hk3   # (this one doesn't show the empty file systems)
df --si | sort -nk5   # sort by percentage full

Only file systems starting with '/dev' are disk partitions:

df -h | grep ^/dev

show partition type too, and hide some non-disk filesystems:

df -h -T
df -h --output=source,fstype,size,used,avail,pcent,target -x tmpfs -x devtmpfs

a better view:


list storage blocks:


for block device attributes:


more time consuming but useful tools for examining disk usage:

du | xdu

Summarized from "9 commands to check hard disk partitions and disk space on Linux"


If I'm remembering correctly, Mint is a slightly re-tooled version of Ubuntu. If this doesn't work, you may need to check the repos for Disk Space Analyzer.

You should be able to go to Application > Accessories > Disk Space Analyzer


To see the size of and disk-space used of partitions...

for a pretty, graphical view you can use gparted. If it is installed it will be under:
System -> Administration -> Partition Editor

if it's not installed you can remedy that by using synaptic (I assume mint has that or a similar app since it's based on Ubuntu) or just typing the following command into a terminal:

sudo apt-get install gparted

Use the df command in a terminal window. I like to use the -k option to get the size in KBytes.

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