gsmartcontrol - Man Page

Hard disk drive and SSD health inspection tool


gsmartcontrol [Options]

gsmartcontrol-root [--desktop=<desktop>] [Options]


GSmartControl is a graphical user interface for smartctl (from smartmontools), which is a tool for querying and controlling SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) data on modern hard disk and solid-state drives. It allows you to inspect the drive's SMART data to determine its health, as well as run various tests on it.

This manual page documents briefly the gsmartcontrol and gsmartcontrol-root commands.

gsmartcontrol-root command launches gsmartcontrol with administrative privileges. The desktop argument specifies which desktop is currently running, for automatic selection of native su mechanism. Valid values for desktop are auto, kde, gnome, other.


Help Options

-?,  --help

Show help options


Show all help options


Show GTK+ options


Show logging options

Application Options

-l,  --no-locale

Don't use system locale

-V,  --version

Display version information


Don't scan devices on startup


Don't hide non-identity tabs when SMART is disabled. Useful for debugging.


Load smartctl data from file, creating a virtual drive. You can specify this option multiple times.


Add this device to device list. The format of the device is <device>::<type>::<extra_args>, where type and extra_args are optional. This option is useful with --no-scan to list certain drives only. You can specify this option multiple times. Example:

--add-device /dev/sda --add-device /dev/twa0::3ware,2 --add-device '/dev/sdb::::-T permissive'

X display to use

-v,  --verbose

Enable verbose logging; same as --verbosity-level 5

-q,  --quiet

Disable logging; same as --verbosity-level 0

-b,  --verbosity-level

Set verbosity level [0-5]


This manual page was originally written by Giuseppe Iuculano <> for the Debian project.

Referenced By

The man page gsmartcontrol-root(1) is an alias of gsmartcontrol(1).