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parted - a partition manipulation program

parted [options] [device [command [options...]...]]

parted is a program to manipulate disk partitions. It supports multiple partition table formats, including MS-DOS and GPT. It is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganising disk usage, and copying data to new hard disks.

This manual page documents parted briefly. Complete documentation is distributed with the package in GNU Info format.

displays a help message
lists partition layout on all block devices
displays machine parseable output
displays JSON output
never prompts for user intervention
automatically answer "fix" to exceptions in script mode
displays the version
Set alignment for newly created partitions, valid alignment types are:
Use the minimum alignment allowed by the disk type.
Align partitions to cylinders.
Use minimum alignment as given by the disk topology information. This and the opt value will use layout information provided by the disk to align the logical partition table addresses to actual physical blocks on the disks. The min value is the minimum alignment needed to align the partition properly to physical blocks, which avoids performance degradation.
Use optimum alignment as given by the disk topology information. This aligns to a multiple of the physical block size in a way that guarantees optimal performance.

The block device to be used. When none is given, parted will use the first block device it finds.
[command [options]]
Specifies the command to be executed. If no command is given, parted will present a command prompt. Possible commands are:
Print general help, or help on command if specified.
Check if partition satisfies the alignment constraint of type. type must be "minimal" or "optimal".
Create a new disklabel (partition table) of label-type. label-type should be one of "aix", "amiga", "bsd", "dvh", "gpt", "loop", "mac", "msdos", "pc98", or "sun".
Create a new partition. part-type may be specified only with msdos and dvh partition tables, it should be one of "primary", "logical", or "extended". name is required for GPT partition tables and fs-type is optional. fs-type can be one of "btrfs", "ext2", "ext3", "ext4", "fat16", "fat32", "hfs", "hfs+", "linux-swap", "ntfs", "reiserfs", "udf", or "xfs".
Set the name of partition to name. This option works only on Mac, PC98, and GPT disklabels. The name can be placed in double quotes, if necessary. And depending on the shell may need to also be wrapped in single quotes so that the shell doesn't strip off the double quotes.
Display the partition table. print-type is optional, and can be one of devices, free, list, or all.
Exit from parted.
Rescue a lost partition that was located somewhere between start and end. If a partition is found, parted will ask if you want to create an entry for it in the partition table.
Change the end position of partition. Note that this does not modify any filesystem present in the partition.
Delete partition.
Choose device as the current device to edit. device should usually be a Linux hard disk device, but it can be a partition, software raid device, or an LVM logical volume if necessary.
Change the state of the flag on partition to state. Supported flags are: "boot", "root", "swap", "hidden", "raid", "lvm", "lba", "legacy_boot", "irst", "msftres", "esp", "chromeos_kernel", "bls_boot", "linux-home", "no_automount", "bios_grub", and "palo". state should be either "on" or "off".
Set unit as the unit to use when displaying locations and sizes, and for interpreting those given by the user when not suffixed with an explicit unit. unit can be one of "s" (sectors), "B" (bytes), "kB", "MB", "KiB", "MiB", "GB", "GiB", "TB", "TiB", "%" (percentage of device size), "cyl" (cylinders), "chs" (cylinders, heads, sectors), or "compact" (megabytes for input, and a human-friendly form for output).
Toggle the state of flag on partition.
On MS-DOS set the type aka. partition id of partition to id. The id is a value between "0x01" and "0xff". On GPT the type-uuid of partition to uuid.
Change a flag on the disk to state. A flag can be either "on" or "off". Some or all of these flags will be available, depending on what disk label you are using. Supported flags are: "pmbr_boot" on GPT to enable the boot flag on the GPT's protective MBR partition.
Toggle the state of the disk flag.
Display version information and a copyright message.

Report bugs to <>

fdisk(8), mkfs(8), The parted program is fully documented in the info(1) format GNU partitioning software manual.

This manual page was written by Timshel Knoll <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

2021 September 28 parted