findmnt – Shows Currently Mounted File Systems in Linux

The findmnt command is a simple command-line utility used to display a list of currently mounted file systems or search for a file system in /etc/fstab, /etc/mtab or /proc/self/mountinfo.

1. To display a list of currently mounted file systems, run the following at a shell prompt.

# findmnt

It displays the target mount point (TARGET), the source device (SOURCE), file system type (FSTYPE), and relevant mount options (OPTIONS) for each filesystem, as shown in the following output.

TARGET                                SOURCE     FSTYPE  OPTIONS
/                                     /dev/sda3  ext4    rw,relatime,errors=remo
├─/sys                                sysfs      sysfs   rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ ├─/sys/kernel/security              securityfs securit rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup                    tmpfs      tmpfs   ro,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/unified          cgroup     cgroup2 rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/systemd          cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/perf_event       cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/devices          cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/hugetlb          cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/rdma             cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/cpu,cpuacct      cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/memory           cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/freezer          cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls,net_prio cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/pids             cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ ├─/sys/fs/cgroup/cpuset           cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ │ └─/sys/fs/cgroup/blkio            cgroup     cgroup  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ ├─/sys/fs/pstore                    pstore     pstore  rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ ├─/sys/firmware/efi/efivars         efivarfs   efivarf rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ ├─/sys/kernel/debug                 debugfs    debugfs rw,relatime
│ ├─/sys/kernel/config                configfs   configf rw,relatime
│ └─/sys/fs/fuse/connections          fusectl    fusectl rw,relatime
├─/proc                               proc       proc    rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,
│ └─/proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc          systemd-1  autofs  rw,relatime,fd=24,pgrp=

2. By default, the findmnt command displays file systems in a tree-like format. To display the information as an ordinary list, use the -l option as shown.

# findmnt -l
Sample Output
TARGET                          SOURCE     FSTYPE          OPTIONS
/sys                            sysfs      sysfs           rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime
/proc                           proc       proc            rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime
/dev                            udev       devtmpfs        rw,nosuid,relatime,size=3996916k,nr_inodes=999229,mode=755
/dev/pts                        devpts     devpts          rw,nosuid,noexec,relatime,gid=5,mode=620,ptmxmode=000
/run                            tmpfs      tmpfs           rw,nosuid,noexec,relatime,size=805740k,mode=755
/                               /dev/sda3  ext4            rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered
/sys/kernel/security            securityfs securityfs      rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime
/dev/shm                        tmpfs      tmpfs           rw,nosuid,nodev
/run/lock                       tmpfs      tmpfs           rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,size=5120k
/sys/fs/cgroup                  tmpfs      tmpfs           ro,nosuid,nodev,noexec,mode=755
/sys/fs/cgroup/unified          cgroup     cgroup2         rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,nsdelegate
/sys/fs/cgroup/systemd          cgroup     cgroup          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,xattr,name=systemd
/sys/fs/pstore                  pstore     pstore          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime
/sys/firmware/efi/efivars       efivarfs   efivarfs        rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime
/sys/fs/cgroup/perf_event       cgroup     cgroup          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,perf_event
/sys/fs/cgroup/devices          cgroup     cgroup          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,devices
/sys/fs/cgroup/hugetlb          cgroup     cgroup          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,hugetlb
/sys/fs/cgroup/rdma             cgroup     cgroup          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,rdma
/sys/fs/cgroup/cpu,cpuacct      cgroup     cgroup          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,cpu,cpuacct
/sys/fs/cgroup/memory           cgroup     cgroup          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,memory
/sys/fs/cgroup/freezer          cgroup     cgroup          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,freezer
/sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls,net_prio cgroup     cgroup          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,net_cls,net_prio
/sys/fs/cgroup/pids             cgroup     cgroup          rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,pids

3. You can also choose to display only file systems of a specific type using the -t command-line option followed by a file system type such as XFS or EXT4.

# findmnt --fstab -t xfs
# findmnt --fstab -t ext4
Sample Output
TARGET                        SOURCE    FSTYPE OPTIONS
/                             /dev/sda3 ext4   rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered
└─/media/tecmint/Data_Storage /dev/sda5 ext4   rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,data=ordered

4. You can also find a filesystem using a mount point. For example, the following command displays all /etc/fstab filesystems, where the mountpoint directory is /mnt/external/disk2.

# findmnt --fstab /mnt/external/disk2   #this prints bind mounts where /mnt/external/disk2 is a source
# findmnt --fstab --target /mnt/external/disk2

5. To print all /etc/fstab filesystems and convert LABEL= and UUID= tags to the real device names, add the – --evaluate switch as shown.

# findmnt --fstab --evaluate

/         /dev/sda3 ext4   errors=remount-ro
/boot/efi /dev/sda1 vfat   umask=0077
none      /dev/sda2 swap   sw

6. To display only the mount point where the filesystem with label "/boot" or “/” is mounted, use the following command.

# findmnt -n --raw --evaluate --output=target LABEL=/boot
# findmnt -n --raw --evaluate --output=target LABEL=/

7. Findmnt also allows you to monitors mount, unmount, remount and move actions on a directory, for example on /mnt/test.

# findmnt --poll --mountpoint /mnt/test

8. Last but not least, if you want more information in its output, use the --verbose switch.

# findmnt --real --verbose

For more information, run man findmnt to read its manual entry page.

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2 Responses

  1. A hettinger says:

    Please tell me this is a joke. Did someone break the mount command? That, with no options, historically displayed all mounted filesystems.

    With grep it is easily searchable.

    If you want to look at fstab, grep or cat fstab

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Though it is not well known, findmnt has actually been around. But thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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