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How to List USB Devices in Linux

Want to identify the USB devices connected to your system? Here are multiple ways to list USB devices in Linux command line.

Sagar Sharma

Most users rely on external peripherals like USB drives, wireless keyboards, mice, disk drive, and more to use their computers.

Sure, if the disk is mounted, it can easily be retrieved with the file manager or by listing the disks of the system but what about the connected keyboard or mouse or other interfaces that are not mounted on the file system?

Well, that's what I'm going to cover in this tutorial.

1. List mounted USB drives using df command

Whenever you plug the disk drive into your system, it will be automatically mounted in the /media directory. So if you are looking for a way to list disk drives, you can use the df command as shown:

df -Th | grep media
list USB drives using the df command in Linux

And as you can see, it listed all the drives that are mounted at the /media directory.

2. See mounted USB disk names using lsblk

The lsblk command will give you a similar result to the df command that I explained above. But without any options, it will list all the disk blocks.

So what you can do is use the grep command to list drives mounted to the /media directory:

lsblk | grep media
use lsblk command to list mounted drives in Linux

3. List USB devices using the fdisk command

If you've been using Linux for a while, then, you must have come across the fdisk utility which is used to get detailed info on every disk partition on the system.

And to list details, all you have to do is execute the fdisk command with the -l flag:

sudo fdisk -l
use fdisk command to list USB drives in Linux

But that's not the best part!

With the fdisk command, you can grep the disk name as shown here:

sudo fdisk -l | grep "Disk_name"

For example, here, I was looking for a USB drive manufactured by SanDisk, then, I can simply grep it:

sudo fdisk -l | grep "SanDisk"
use the fdisk command to find the USB drive in Linux

Pretty cool. Right?

4. List USB ports and other peripheral devices with lsusb

The earlier methods only gave information about the USB disk drives but what about those peripherals that you're using via USB?

Well, in that case, you can use the lsusb command as shown:

use lsusb command to list all the USB devices in Linux

The entries with Linux Foundation are for the unused USB ports.

As you can see, it listed all the ports including my USB keyboard, USB mouse, and USB disk drive. So it is not exclusive to actual USB drive ports.

5. Using the usb-devices command

Remember, it is mainly used to get technical details like manufacture and may not print the hardware name and generally uses the device ID. So if you only want to know the names, then you can use the lsusb command.

The usb-devices is a script that is used to print the details of the USB controllers of your system so the output is more technical.

And to use the usb-devices command, all you have to do is simply execute the command as shown:

use usb-devices command to list USB drives in Linux

Here's how you list mounted drives

There are multiple ways to list mounted drives in Linux and to make things easy to understand, we made a dedicated tutorial on how to list mounted drives in Linux:

List Mounted Drives in Linux
If you want to perform certain operations on a drive, you need to know its details. Learn how to list currently mounted drives in Linux.

I hope you will find this guide helpful.

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