10 examples of lsof commands in Linux

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This is our ongoing series of Linux commands that we will review in this article lsof Command with practical examples. lsof importance ‘List open files’ is used to find out which files are open by which process.

How we all know Linux / Unix regards everything as a file (Tube, Sockets, Directories, Equipment, Etc). One of the reasons for using the lsof Command is when a volume cannot be unmounted because it says the files are in use. With the help of this command we can easily identify the files in use.

10 Linux lsof command examples

1. List all open files with the lsof command

The following example shows a long list of open files, some of which have been extracted for better understanding, and the columns such as. indicates command, PID, USER, FD, TYPE, Etc.

# lsof

COMMAND    PID      USER   FD      TYPE     DEVICE  SIZE/OFF       NODE NAME
init         1      root  cwd      DIR      253,0      4096          2 /
init         1      root  rtd      DIR      253,0      4096          2 /
init         1      root  txt      REG      253,0    145180     147164 /sbin/init
init         1      root  mem      REG      253,0   1889704     190149 /lib/libc-2.12.so
init         1      root   0u      CHR        1,3       0t0       3764 /dev/null
init         1      root   1u      CHR        1,3       0t0       3764 /dev/null
init         1      root   2u      CHR        1,3       0t0       3764 /dev/null
init         1      root   3r     FIFO        0,8       0t0       8449 pipe
init         1      root   4w     FIFO       0,8       0t0       8449 pipe
init         1      root   5r      DIR       0,10         0          1 inotify
init         1      root   6r      DIR       0,10         0          1 inotify
init         1      root   7u     unix 0xc1513880       0t0       8450 socket

Sections and their values ​​are self-explanatory. We’ll check it out though FD & TYPE Columns more precisely.

FD – stands for a file descriptor and can see some of the values ​​as follows:

  • cwd current working directory
  • rtd Root directory
  • TXT Program text (code and data)
  • mem memory mapped file

Also in FD Column numbers like 1u is the actual file descriptor followed by you,R.,w its mode as:

  • R. for read access.
  • w for write access.
  • you for read and write access.

TYPE – of files and their identification.

  • TO YOU – Directory
  • REG – Regular file
  • CHR – Special drawing file.
  • FIFO – First in, first out

2. List user-specific open files

The following command displays the list of all open files the user has tekmint.

# lsof -u tecmint

COMMAND  PID    USER   FD   TYPE     DEVICE SIZE/OFF   NODE NAME
sshd    1838 tecmint  cwd    DIR      253,0     4096      2 /
sshd    1838 tecmint  rtd    DIR      253,0     4096      2 /
sshd    1838 tecmint  txt    REG      253,0   532336 188129 /usr/sbin/sshd
sshd    1838 tecmint  mem    REG      253,0    19784 190237 /lib/libdl-2.12.so
sshd    1838 tecmint  mem    REG      253,0   122436 190247 /lib/libselinux.so.1
sshd    1838 tecmint  mem    REG      253,0   255968 190256 /lib/libgssapi_krb5.so.2.2
sshd    1838 tecmint  mem    REG      253,0   874580 190255 /lib/libkrb5.so.3.3

3. Find processes running on a specific port

To find out all running Linux processes on a particular port just use the following command with option -I. The following example lists all running processes from port. on 22nd.

# lsof -i TCP:22

COMMAND  PID    USER   FD   TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME
sshd    1471    root    3u  IPv4  12683      0t0  TCP *:ssh (LISTEN)
sshd    1471    root    4u  IPv6  12685      0t0  TCP *:ssh (LISTEN)

4. List only open IPv4 and IPv6 files

The following example shows only IPv4 and IPv6 Network files are opened with separate commands.

# lsof -i 4

COMMAND    PID    USER   FD   TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME
rpcbind   1203     rpc    6u  IPv4  11326      0t0  UDP *:sunrpc
rpcbind   1203     rpc    7u  IPv4  11330      0t0  UDP *:954
rpcbind   1203     rpc    8u  IPv4  11331      0t0  TCP *:sunrpc (LISTEN)
avahi-dae 1241   avahi   13u  IPv4  11579      0t0  UDP *:mdns
avahi-dae 1241   avahi   14u  IPv4  11580      0t0  UDP *:58600

# lsof -i 6

COMMAND    PID    USER   FD   TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME
rpcbind   1203     rpc    9u  IPv6  11333      0t0  UDP *:sunrpc
rpcbind   1203     rpc   10u  IPv6  11335      0t0  UDP *:954
rpcbind   1203     rpc   11u  IPv6  11336      0t0  TCP *:sunrpc (LISTEN)
rpc.statd 1277 rpcuser   10u  IPv6  11858      0t0  UDP *:55800
rpc.statd 1277 rpcuser   11u  IPv6  11862      0t0  TCP *:56428 (LISTEN)
cupsd     1346    root    6u  IPv6  12112      0t0  TCP localhost:ipp (LISTEN)

5. List open files of the TCP port ranges 1-1024

To list all running processes of the opened files from TCP Port ranges from 1-1024.

# lsof -i TCP:1-1024

COMMAND  PID    USER   FD   TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME
rpcbind 1203     rpc   11u  IPv6  11336      0t0  TCP *:sunrpc (LISTEN)
cupsd   1346    root    7u  IPv4  12113      0t0  TCP localhost:ipp (LISTEN)
sshd    1471    root    4u  IPv6  12685      0t0  TCP *:ssh (LISTEN)
master  1551    root   13u  IPv6  12898      0t0  TCP localhost:smtp (LISTEN)
sshd    1834    root    3r  IPv4  15101      0t0  TCP 192.168.0.2:ssh->192.168.0.1:conclave-cpp (ESTABLISHED)
sshd    1838 tecmint    3u  IPv4  15101      0t0  TCP 192.168.0.2:ssh->192.168.0.1:conclave-cpp (ESTABLISHED)
sshd    1871    root    3r  IPv4  15842      0t0  TCP 192.168.0.2:ssh->192.168.0.1:groove (ESTABLISHED)
httpd   1918    root    5u  IPv6  15991      0t0  TCP *:http (LISTEN)
httpd   1918    root    7u  IPv6  15995      0t0  TCP *:https (LISTEN)

6. Exclude users with ‘^’ characters

Here we have them. locked out root Users. You can exclude a specific user with ‘^’ using the command as shown above.

# lsof -i -u^root

COMMAND    PID    USER   FD   TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME
rpcbind   1203     rpc    6u  IPv4  11326      0t0  UDP *:sunrpc
rpcbind   1203     rpc    7u  IPv4  11330      0t0  UDP *:954
rpcbind   1203     rpc    8u  IPv4  11331      0t0  TCP *:sunrpc (LISTEN)
rpcbind   1203     rpc    9u  IPv6  11333      0t0  UDP *:sunrpc
rpcbind   1203     rpc   10u  IPv6  11335      0t0  UDP *:954
rpcbind   1203     rpc   11u  IPv6  11336      0t0  TCP *:sunrpc (LISTEN)
avahi-dae 1241   avahi   13u  IPv4  11579      0t0  UDP *:mdns
avahi-dae 1241   avahi   14u  IPv4  11580      0t0  UDP *:58600
rpc.statd 1277 rpcuser    5r  IPv4  11836      0t0  UDP *:soap-beep
rpc.statd 1277 rpcuser    8u  IPv4  11850      0t0  UDP *:55146
rpc.statd 1277 rpcuser    9u  IPv4  11854      0t0  TCP *:32981 (LISTEN)
rpc.statd 1277 rpcuser   10u  IPv6  11858      0t0  UDP *:55800
rpc.statd 1277 rpcuser   11u  IPv6  11862      0t0  TCP *:56428 (LISTEN)

7. Can you find out who is looking for which files and commands?

The following example shows users tekmint uses commands like Ring and /Etc Directory.

# lsof -i -u tecmint

COMMAND  PID    USER   FD   TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME
bash    1839 tecmint  cwd    DIR  253,0    12288   15 /etc
ping    2525 tecmint  cwd    DIR  253,0    12288   15 /etc

8. List all network connections

The following command with option ‘-I’ shows the list of all network connections’LISTEN & ESTABLISHED ‘.

# lsof -i

COMMAND    PID    USER   FD   TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME
rpcbind   1203     rpc    6u  IPv4  11326      0t0  UDP *:sunrpc
rpcbind   1203     rpc    7u  IPv4  11330      0t0  UDP *:954
rpcbind   1203     rpc   11u  IPv6  11336      0t0  TCP *:sunrpc (LISTEN)
avahi-dae 1241   avahi   13u  IPv4  11579      0t0  UDP *:mdns
avahi-dae 1241   avahi   14u  IPv4  11580      0t0  UDP *:58600
rpc.statd 1277 rpcuser   11u  IPv6  11862      0t0  TCP *:56428 (LISTEN)
cupsd     1346    root    6u  IPv6  12112      0t0  TCP localhost:ipp (LISTEN)
cupsd     1346    root    7u  IPv4  12113      0t0  TCP localhost:ipp (LISTEN)
sshd      1471    root    3u  IPv4  12683      0t0  TCP *:ssh (LISTEN)
master    1551    root   12u  IPv4  12896      0t0  TCP localhost:smtp (LISTEN)
master    1551    root   13u  IPv6  12898      0t0  TCP localhost:smtp (LISTEN)
sshd      1834    root    3r  IPv4  15101      0t0  TCP 192.168.0.2:ssh->192.168.0.1:conclave-cpp (ESTABLISHED)
httpd     1918    root    5u  IPv6  15991      0t0  TCP *:http (LISTEN)
httpd     1918    root    7u  IPv6  15995      0t0  TCP *:https (LISTEN)
clock-app 2362   narad   21u  IPv4  22591      0t0  TCP 192.168.0.2:45284->www.gov.com:http (CLOSE_WAIT)
chrome    2377   narad   61u  IPv4  25862      0t0  TCP 192.168.0.2:33358->maa03s04-in-f3.1e100.net:http (ESTABLISHED)
chrome    2377   narad   80u  IPv4  25866      0t0  TCP 192.168.0.2:36405->bom03s01-in-f15.1e100.net:http (ESTABLISHED)

9. Search for PID

The following example just shows whose PID is 1 [One].

# lsof -p 1

COMMAND PID USER   FD   TYPE     DEVICE SIZE/OFF   NODE NAME
init      1 root  cwd    DIR      253,0     4096      2 /
init      1 root  rtd    DIR      253,0     4096      2 /
init      1 root  txt    REG      253,0   145180 147164 /sbin/init
init      1 root  mem    REG      253,0  1889704 190149 /lib/libc-2.12.so
init      1 root  mem    REG      253,0   142472 189970 /lib/ld-2.12.so

10. Kill all activities of a given user

Sometimes you may need to kill all processes for a particular user. The following command terminates all processes of the tekmint Users.

# kill -9 `lsof -t -u tecmint`

Note: It is not possible here to give examples of all the options available, this guide is only intended to show how lsof Command can be used. You can refer to the man page for. refer lsof Command to learn more about it. Please share using our comments box below if you think this article is useful.