Bash/Shell script to count inode usage
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is a Shell/Bash script to count and display directory inode (each file) usage, and size.

Features Include:

  • Output full directory report
  • Filter out directories based on inode size
  • Include tree view of directories based on inode size

Upcoming Features:

  • Cleaner UI output
  • Update check (maybe)
  • New shorthand arg (ie "-et 1000" same as "-e 1000 -t 1000")
  • Output report to HTML file
  • Enhanced tree view to support extended depth (in dev)
  • Watch argument to add cronjob and notify by email
Got an idea?

Tree display will allow you show sub-directories in the output that have over a specific number of inodes. So if you want a directory with over 50,000 inodes to display the sub-directories in a tree format, use the -t argument.

Exclude will allow you to exclude directories that are below a specific amount of inodes, therefore creating a smaller output/report.


wget -O ~/bin/inodes
chmod +x ~/bin/inodes


Directory path is not required. If nothing is provided the present working directory is used.

Argument Example Description
-d inodes -d /path/to/dir Specify path to directory to scan. Optional, will use pwd if not specified.
-t inodes -t 50000 Display tree output for directories with over 50,000 inodes. Optional.
-e inodes -e 100 Exclude directories that are below 100 inodes. Optional


Output inode report for /my/dir showing tree output for sub-directories on directories over 50000 inodes

inodes -d /my/dir -t 50000

Output inode report for /my/dir showing tree output for sub-directories on directories over 50000 inodes, excluding directories with under 10,000 inodes.

inodes -d /my/dir -t 50000 -e 10000

Output inode report for present working directory without any exclusion or tree output



If you get a "inodes: command not found" you need to set the correct path. In installation above we installed into ~/bin/inodes

Check path with this command and make sure the file is in one of those directories:

echo ${PATH}

If not you can export path to your .bashrc file

export PATH

And verify

which inodes