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How Do I Find the Amount of Free Space on My Hard Drive with Command Line?

Ahmad AwaisAhmad Awais

This is a quick-tip for Ubuntu users who’d like to find the amount of free space on their hard disk via command line.

Figured I’d post a quick-tip while enjoying the vacations and all. Since I am a command line power user, I like to do a lot through it. Having built a lot of CLIs and workflow automation — I can only tell you how happy it makes me being able to hack it through Command line.

Space Usage on Ubuntu

So, let’s get to it.  If like me all you need is the total of disk space used then just use the following command.

df -h --total

⚡️ Complimentary GIF — As they say, GIF or didn’t happen.

total disk space

Here’s a sample output with the total shown at the end

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
udev            478M     0  478M   0% /dev
tmpfs           100M  4.5M   95M   5% /run
/dev/vda1        20G  3.3G   16G  18% /
tmpfs           497M     0  497M   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs           5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
tmpfs           497M     0  497M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
tmpfs           100M     0  100M   0% /run/user/0
total            22G  3.3G   17G  17% -

Happy hacking — Cheers!

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