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PARTED(8)                     GNU Parted Manual                    PARTED(8)

NAME         top

       parted - a partition manipulation program

SYNOPSIS         top

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

DESCRIPTION         top

       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.

OPTIONS         top

       -h, --help
              displays a help message

       -l, --list
              lists partition layout on all block devices

       -m, --machine
              displays machine parseable output

       -s, --script
              never prompts for user intervention

       -v, --version
              displays the version

       -a alignment-type, --align alignment-type
              Set alignment for newly created partitions, valid alignment
              types are:

              none   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

COMMANDS         top

              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:

              help [command]
                     Print general help, or help on command if specified.

              align-check type partition
                     Check if partition satisfies the alignment constraint
                     of type.  type must be "minimal" or "optimal".

              mklabel label-type
                     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".

              mkpart [part-type name fs-type] start end
                     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".

              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 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

              print  Display the partition table.

              quit   Exit from parted.

              rescue start end
                     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.

              resizepart partition end
                     Change the end position of partition.  Note that this
                     does not modify any filesystem present in the

              rm partition
                     Delete 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 an LVM logical
                     volume if necessary.

              set partition flag state
                     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" and "palo".  state
                     should be either "on" or "off".

              unit unit
                     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", "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 partition flag
                     Toggle the state of flag on partition.

                     Display version information and a copyright message.

REPORTING BUGS         top

       Report bugs to <>

SEE ALSO         top

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

AUTHOR         top

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

COLOPHON         top

       This page is part of the GNU parted (partition table manipulation)
       project.  Information about the project can be found at 
       ⟨⟩.  If you have a bug report for
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       obtained from the project's upstream Git repository
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       time, the date of the most recent commit that was found in the repos‐
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parted                          2007 March 29                      PARTED(8)

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