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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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