Check disk-usage


Measures the usage of all mounted disk partitions on physical disks only (e.g. hard disks, CD-ROM drives, USB keys) found. It does not check the usage on the raw disks, because for example in LVM more than one disk can be a member of a logical volume, and some of the disks might be full - which is ok as long as the LVM has some space available. The check also ignores all other partition types (e.g. memory partitions such as /dev/shm).


UNIX usually reserves 5% of the total disk space for the root user. total and used fields on UNIX refer to the overall total and used space, whereas free represents the space available for the user and percent represents the user utilization. That is why percent value may look 5% bigger than what you would expect it to be (starting with psutil v4.3.0; quote from the psutil documentation).

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Every 5 minutes

Can be called without parameters


Available for

Python 2, Python 3, Windows


Python module psutil


usage: disk-usage [-h] [-V] [--always-ok] [-c CRIT] [--ignore IGNORE] [-w WARN]

Checks the used disk space, for each partition.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -V, --version         show program's version number and exit
  --always-ok           Always returns OK.
  -c CRIT, --critical CRIT
                        Set the critical threshold partition usage percentage.
                        Default: 95
  --ignore IGNORE       Mountpoint to be ignored (repeating). The mountpoint is
                        ignored if it starts with the specified value. Example:
                        "/boot" ignores "/boot" as well as "/boot/efi". On Windows,
                        use drive letters without backslash ("Y:" or "Y"). Default: []
  -w WARN, --warning WARN
                        Set the warning threshold partition usage percentage. Default:

Usage Examples

./disk-usage --ignore=/var/log --ignore=/tmp --warning=80 --critical=90

# on Windows:
./disk-usage --ignore=E: --ignore=Y: --warning=80 --critical=90


/var/log/audit 10.7% - total: 506.7MiB, used: 54.4MiB, free: 452.3MiB

mountpoint     ! type ! used     ! total     ! percent
/              ! xfs  ! 4.0GiB   ! 4.0GiB    ! 100.0% [CRITICAL]
/var           ! xfs  ! 2.2GiB   ! 4.0GiB    ! 53.9%
/var/log       ! xfs  ! 172.3MiB ! 1014.0MiB ! 17.0%
/home          ! xfs  ! 40.1MiB  ! 1014.0MiB ! 4.0%
/boot          ! xfs  ! 163.8MiB ! 1014.0MiB ! 16.2%
/tmp           ! xfs  ! 136.2MiB ! 5.0GiB    ! 2.6%
/var/tmp       ! xfs  ! 39.4MiB  ! 1014.0MiB ! 3.9%
/var/log/audit ! xfs  ! 54.4MiB  ! 506.7MiB  ! 10.7%


  • WARN or CRIT if disk usage in percent is above a given threshold.

Perfdata / Metrics






Usage in percent



Total Disksize



Usage in Bytes

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