parted - Unix, Linux Command

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GNU Parted - a partition manipulation program


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


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

parted is a disk partitioning and partition resizing program. It allows you to create, destroy, resize, move and copy ext2, ext3, linux-swap, FAT, FAT32, and reiserfs partitions. It can create, resize and move Macintosh HFS partitions, as well as detect jfs, ntfs, ufs, and xfs partitions. It is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganising disk usage, and copying data to new hard disks.


-h, --help
  displays a help message.
-i, --interactive
  prompts for user intervention.
-s, --script
  never prompt the user.
-v, --version
  displays the version.


  The block device to partition.
[command [options]]
  Specifies a command to parted. If no command is given, parted will give you a command prompt. Commands are:
check partition
  does a simple check on partition.
cp [source-device] source dest
  copies the source partition’s filesystem on source-device (or the current device if no other device was specified) to the dest partition on the current device.
help [command]
  prints general help, or help on command if specified.
mkfs partition fs-type
  make a filesystem fs-type on partition. fs-type can be one of "fat16", "fat32", "ext2", "linux-swap" or "reiserfs".
mklabel label-type
  Creates a new disklabel (partition table) of label-type. label-type should be one of "bsd", "dvh", "gpt", "loop", "mac", "msdos", "pc98" or "sun".
mkpart part-type [fs-type] start end
  make a part-type partition with filesystem fs-type (if specified), beginning at start and ending at end (in megabytes). fs-type can be one of "fat16", "fat32", "ext2", "HFS", "linux-swap", "NTFS", "reiserfs" or "ufs". part-type should be one of "primary", "logical" or "extended"
mkpartfs part-type fs-type start end
  make a part-type partition with filesystem fs-type beginning at start and ending at end (in megabytes)
move partition start end
  move partition to start at start and end at end. Note: move never changes the minor number
name partition name
  set the name of partition to name. This option works only on Mac, PC98, and GPT disklabels. The name can be placed in quotes, if necessary
print displays the partition table
quit exits parted
resize partition start end
  resize the filesystem on partition to start at start and end at end megabytes
rm partition
  deletes partition
select device
  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 a LVM logical volume if that is necessary
set partition flag state
  change the state of the flag on partition to state. Flags supported are: "boot"(Mac, MS-DOS, PC98), "root"(Mac), "swap"(Mac), "hidden"(MS-DOS, PC98), "raid"(MS-DOS), "lvm"(MS-DOS), "lba"(MS-DOS) and "palo"(MS-DOS). state should be either "on" or "off"


ext3 filesystem resizing, copying and creating do not currently work, please use tools like resize2fs(8) and mke2fs(8) instead.

Resizing partitions with an ext3 filesystem will not generally work because of the above issue. Use resize2fs(8) to resize the filesystem and resize the partition manually using fdisk(8) or a similar tool. For LVM situations, you will need to use the LVM commands to resize the LVM elements.

Parted also missbehaves when certian type of arguments are used. If the syntax used to describe offsets from the end ’-1s’ is used in the command line, ’--’ must be used after OPTIONS so as not to confuse getopt. Eg: parted -s /dev/sdb -- mklabel gpt mkpart primary ext2 1s -1s


Report bugs to <>


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).
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