LS(1) User Commands LS(1)
ls – list directory contents
ls [OPTION]… [FILE]…
List information about the FILEs (the current directory by default).
Sort entries alphabetically if none of -cftuSUX nor –sort.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options
do not ignore entries starting with .
do not list implied . and ..
with -l, print the author of each file
print octal escapes for nongraphic characters
use SIZE-byte blocks
do not list implied entries ending with ~
-c with -lt: sort by, and show, ctime (time of last modification of
file status information) with -l: show ctime and sort by name
otherwise: sort by ctime
-C list entries by columns
control whether color is used to distinguish file types. WHEN
may be never, always, or auto
list directory entries instead of contents, and do not derefer
ence symbolic links
generate output designed for Emacs dired mode
-f do not sort, enable -aU, disable -lst
append indicator (one of */=>@|) to entries
likewise, except do not append *
across -x, commas -m, horizontal -x, long -l, single-column -1,
verbose -l, vertical -C
like -l –time-style=full-iso
-g like -l, but do not list owner
like -l, but do not list group
with -l, print sizes in human readable format (e.g., 1K 234M 2G)
–si likewise, but use powers of 1000 not 1024
follow symbolic links listed on the command line
follow each command line symbolic link that points to a direc
do not list implied entries matching shell PATTERN (overridden
by -a or -A)
–indicator-style=WORD append indicator with style WORD to entry names:
none (default), slash (-p), file-type (–file-type), classify
with -l, print the index number of each file
do not list implied entries matching shell PATTERN
-k like –block-size=1K
-l use a long listing format
when showing file information for a symbolic link, show informa
tion for the file the link references rather than for the link
-m fill width with a comma separated list of entries
like -l, but list numeric user and group IDs
print raw entry names (dont treat e.g. control characters spe
-o like -l, but do not list group information
append / indicator to directories
print ? instead of non graphic characters
show non graphic characters as-is (default unless program is
ls and output is a terminal)
enclose entry names in double quotes
use quoting style WORD for entry names: literal, locale, shell,
shell-always, c, escape
reverse order while sorting
list subdirectories recursively
with -l, print size of each file, in blocks
-S sort by file size
extension -X, none -U, size -S, time -t, version -v, status -c,
time -t, atime -u, access -u, use -u
with -l, show time as WORD instead of modification time: atime,
access, use, ctime or status; use specified time as sort key if
with -l, show times using style STYLE: full-iso, long-iso, iso,
locale, +FORMAT. FORMAT is interpreted like date; if FORMAT
is FORMAT1FORMAT2, FORMAT1 applies to non-recent files
and FORMAT2 to recent files; if STYLE is prefixed with posix-,
STYLE takes effect only outside the POSIX locale
-t sort by modification time
assume tab stops at each COLS instead of 8
-u with -lt: sort by, and show, access time with -l: show access
time and sort by name otherwise: sort by access time
-U do not sort; list entries in directory order
-v sort by version
assume screen width instead of current value
-x list entries by lines instead of by columns
-X sort alphabetically by entry extension
-1 list one file per line
Display security context. Enable -l. Lines will probably be
too wide for most displays.
Display security context so it fits on most displays. Displays
only mode, user, group, security context and file name.
Display only security context and file name.
–help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
SIZE may be (or may be an integer optionally followed by) one of fol
lowing: kB 1000, K 1024, MB 1000*1000, M 1024*1024, and so on for G, T,
P, E, Z, Y.
By default, color is not used to distinguish types of files. That is
equivalent to using –color=none. Using the –color option without the
optional WHEN argument is equivalent to using –color=always. With
–color=auto, color codes are output only if standard output is con
nected to a terminal (tty). The environment variable LS_COLORS can
influence the colors, and can be set easily by the dircolors command.
Exit status is 0 if OK, 1 if minor problems, 2 if serious trouble.
Written by Richard Stallman and David MacKenzie.
Report bugs to .
Copyright 2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the
terms of the GNU General Public License
. There is NO WARRANTY, to the
extent permitted by law.
The full documentation for ls is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If
the info and ls programs are properly installed at your site, the com
should give you access to the complete manual.
ls 5.93 November 2005 LS(1)