Knowledge for the World

How to check your Raspberry Pi's SD card disk space usage

This short guide will show you how to check how much free space your Raspberry Pi has.


Get to the command line/terminal

Open a new command line/terminal session.

If you're using Jessie Lite, this is the default state that your Pi boots into.

If you're using RetroPie, you can get here by pressing F4 on a keyboard or by exiting to the command line through the RetroPie UI.

If you're using Raspbian Jessie PIXEL (desktop), simply open a new Terminal.


Run the following command

Run the following command and press enter:


This will display the total disk usage for your SD card in columns. If you'd like to make it more readable, you can add the -h flag, which will add G and M units for gigabytes and megabytes:

df -h