How can I get list of all filesystems, that Ubuntu can create on a disk ?

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    Please be more specific. Why do you need it? Filesystems usable by Linux are well known. – Pilot6 Feb 8 '19 at 20:13
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    Type mkfs. and see which commands tab autocompletion has to offer? – Byte Commander Feb 8 '19 at 20:23
  • This works, but does not contain all filesystems. I find out, that after using parted then mkpart, you will be asked what FS you want to use, then you click tabulator, and it show all filesystems. – John Ronald Feb 8 '19 at 20:27
  • @ByteCommander compgen -c mkfs. does the same programmatically – wjandrea Feb 8 '19 at 20:44

You can start gparted and try to format a partition. You'll get a drop down list of all available filesystems.

In addition you can format to exfat that is not supported by gparted.


Try this:

Open Terminal

Paste this and hit Enter:

ls /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/fs

It lists all filesystems available with your Kernel

More complete list:


  • Thanks for answer, but that is not exactly I was looking for. Most of these are unusable with mkfs. – John Ronald Feb 8 '19 at 19:38

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