virt-df man page

virt-df — Display free space on virtual filesystems


All guests:

 virt-df [--options]

Single guest:

 virt-df [--options] -d domname

 virt-df [--options] -a disk.img [-a disk.img ...]

Old style:

 virt-df [--options] domname

 virt-df [--options] disk.img [disk.img ...]


"virt-df" is a command line tool to display free space on virtual machine filesystems.  Unlike other tools, it doesn't just display the size of disk allocated to a virtual machine, but can look inside disk images to see how much space is really being used.

If used without any -a or -d arguments, "virt-df" checks with libvirt to get a list of all active and inactive guests, and performs a "df"-type operation on each one in turn, printing out the results.

If any -a or -d arguments are specified, "virt-df" performs a "df"-type operation on either the single named libvirt domain, or on the disk image(s) listed on the command line (which must all belong to a single VM).  In this mode (with arguments), "virt-df" will only work for a single guest.  If you want to run on multiple guests, then you have to invoke "virt-df" multiple times.

Use the --csv option to get a format which can be easily parsed by other programs.  Other options are similar to the standard df(1) command.


Show disk usage for a single libvirt guest called "F14x64".  Make the output human-readable:

 # virt-df -d F14x64 -h
 Filesystem                       Size     Used  Available  Use%
 F14x64:/dev/sda1                 484M      66M       393M   14%
 F14x64:/dev/vg_f13x64/lv_root    7.4G     3.4G       4.0G   46%

Show disk usage for a disk image file called test.img:

 $ virt-df -a test1.img
 Filesystem                  1K-blocks     Used  Available  Use%
 test1.img:/dev/sda1             99099     1551      92432    2%

If a single guest has multiple disks, use the -a option repeatedly. A plus sign ("+") is displayed for each additional disk.  Note: Do not do this with unrelated guest disks.

 $ virt-df -a Win7x32TwoDisks-a -a Win7x32TwoDisks-b 
 Filesystem                   1K-blocks    Used  Available  Use%
 Win7x32TwoDisks-a+:/dev/sda1    102396   24712      77684   25%
 Win7x32TwoDisks-a+:/dev/sda2  12478460 7403416    5075044   60%
 Win7x32TwoDisks-a+:/dev/sdb1    521212   55728     465484   11%



Display brief help.

--add FILE

Add "FILE" which should be a disk image from a virtual machine.  If the virtual machine has multiple block devices, you must supply all of them with separate -a options.

The format of the disk image is auto-detected.  To override this and force a particular format use the --format=.. option.

-a URI
--add URI

Add a remote disk.  See "ADDING REMOTE STORAGE" in guestfish(1).

-c URI
--connect URI

If using libvirt, connect to the given URI.  If omitted, then we connect to the default libvirt hypervisor.

If you specify guest block devices directly (-a), then libvirt is not used at all.


Write out the results in CSV format (comma-separated values).  This format can be imported easily into databases and spreadsheets, but read "Note About Csv Format" below.

-d guest
--domain guest

Add all the disks from the named libvirt guest.  Domain UUIDs can be used instead of names.


The default for the -a option is to auto-detect the format of the disk image.  Using this forces the disk format for -a options which follow on the command line.  Using --format with no argument switches back to auto-detection for subsequent -a options.

For example:

 virt-df --format=raw -a disk.img

forces raw format (no auto-detection) for disk.img.

 virt-df --format=raw -a disk.img --format -a another.img

forces raw format (no auto-detection) for disk.img and reverts to auto-detection for another.img.

If you have untrusted raw-format guest disk images, you should use this option to specify the disk format.  This avoids a possible security problem with malicious guests (CVE-2010-3851).


Print sizes in human-readable format.

You are not allowed to use -h and --csv at the same time.


Print inodes instead of blocks.


Since libguestfs 1.22, this is the default.  This option does nothing and is left here for backwards compatibility with older scripts.

-P nr_threads

Since libguestfs 1.22, virt-df is multithreaded and examines guests in parallel.  By default the number of threads to use is chosen based on the amount of free memory available at the time that virt-df is started.  You can force virt-df to use at most "nr_threads" by using the -P option.

Note that -P 0 means to autodetect, and -P 1 means to use a single thread.


Print UUIDs instead of names.  This is useful for following a guest even when the guest is migrated or renamed, or when two guests happen to have the same name.

Note that only domains that we fetch from libvirt come with UUIDs. For disk images, we still print the disk image name even when this option is specified.


Enable verbose messages for debugging.


Display version number and exit.


Enable tracing of libguestfs API calls.

Statvfs Numbers

"virt-df" (and df(1)) get information by issuing a statvfs(3) system call.  You can get the same information directly, either from the host (using libguestfs) or inside the guest:

From the host

Run this command:

 guestfish --ro -d GuestName -i statvfs /

(change / to see stats for other filesystems).

From inside the guest

Run this command:

 python -c 'import os; s = os.statvfs ("/"); print s'

(change / to see stats for other filesystems).

Note About Csv Format

Comma-separated values (CSV) is a deceptive format.  It seems like it should be easy to parse, but it is definitely not easy to parse.

Myth: Just split fields at commas.  Reality: This does not work reliably.  This example has two columns:


Myth: Read the file one line at a time.  Reality: This does not work reliably.  This example has one row:


For shell scripts, use "csvtool" ( also packaged in major Linux distributions).

For other languages, use a CSV processing library (eg. "Text::CSV" for Perl or Python's built-in csv library).

Most spreadsheets and databases can import CSV directly.

Exit Status

This program returns 0 if successful, or non-zero if there was an error.

See Also

df(1), guestfs(3), guestfish(1), virt-filesystems(1),


Richard W.M. Jones


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Referenced By

guestfish(1), guestfs(3), guestfs-faq(1), guestfs-hacking(1), guestfs-performance(1), guestfs-recipes(1), guestfs-release-notes(1), guestfs-testing(1), libvirtd(8), virsh(1), virt-filesystems(1), virt-resize(1), virt-sparsify(1), virt-v2v(1).

2017-03-24 libguestfs-1.37.7 Virtualization Support