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Excellent Utilities: duf – disk usage utility

Last Updated on May 22, 2022

This is a series highlighting best-of-breed utilities. We cover a wide range of utilities including tools that boost your productivity, help you manage your workflow, and lots more besides. There’s a complete list of the tools in this series in the Summary section.

The Command Line Interface (CLI) is a way of interacting with your computer. To harness all the power of Linux, it’s highly recommended mastering the interface. It’s true the CLI is often perceived as a barrier for users migrating to Linux, particularly if they’re grown up using GUI software exclusively. While Linux rarely forces anyone to use the CLI, some tasks are better suited to this method of interaction, offering inducements like superior scripting opportunities, remote access, and being far more frugal with a computer’s resources.

duf is a simple disk usage utility that offers a more attractive representation than the classic df utility. It’s written in Go.

Installation

On a vanilla Ubuntu 21.04 system, we first need to install Go.

$ sudo apt install golang-go

Then clone the project’s repository, and use Go to build the software.

$ git clone https://github.com/muesli/duf.git
$ cd duf
$ go build

Alternatively, there’s a snap available which is installed with the command:

$ sudo snap install duf-utility

Snaps are universal software packages. They work across Linux on any distribution or version.

Next page: Page 2 – In Operation

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Summary


Complete list of articles in this series:

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Hans Drier
Hans Drier
2 years ago

What’s the performance like?

Jason
Jason
2 years ago
Reply to  Hans Drier

Pretty good considering it’s written in Go

Izzy
Izzy
2 years ago

I like duf, it’s really pretty cool.

One thing that’s bad is the way it includes the reserved spaced that file systems use. There’s about 5% of the space allocated for root on a filesystem.

This means that duf’s output is inconsistent with df.

James M
James M
2 years ago

Noice

coucou
coucou
2 months ago

What a great site !
J’ai trouvé ici bien plus d’utilitaire géniaux qu’ailleurs !

Thanks !