# How can I find out the free space on an LVM PV in human readable format?

I'm looking for a way I can get the free space on an LVM physical volume without having to use a calculator.

I know the pvdisplay command will show me the size of a PE size as well as the free PE, and thus by multiplying the PE size by the free PE I know the free space in KB. But I'd like a command which tells me the free space in megabytes, gigabytes, etc.

The output of pvdisplay is:

[root@df02 mysql]# pvdisplay
/dev/cdrom: open failed: No medium found
--- Physical volume ---
PV Name               /dev/sda2
VG Name               MMB
PV Size               29.71 GB / not usable 19.77 MB
Allocatable           yes
PE Size (KByte)       32768
Total PE              950
Free PE               221
Allocated PE          729
PV UUID               QfZGfn-a3VV-IRkw-bV9g-6iqm-zXjN-y5e6gr


So the free space in this case is 32768 KByte * 221 Free PE = 7241728 KiB, or 6.90625 GiB. But that's a lot of math to do without a calculator ;-)

Is there a command which can give me the free space on an LVM physical volume in megabytes/gigabytes?

• I'm sure a perl master could whip up a oneliner. I'm working on a ruby one but my ruby oneline skills are a bit rusty...
– Josh
Dec 3, 2013 at 17:36
• The math could be done in Bash as well, though you're probably looking for a switch to one of the 1/2 dozen LVM related tools.
– slm
Dec 3, 2013 at 17:39
• @terdon - added some output
– slm
Dec 3, 2013 at 17:45
• Thanks @sim! I edited it to show my actual output plus the formula, just because my PV actually has ~7 GiB free.
– Josh
Dec 3, 2013 at 17:48

The tool pvs shows the output in whatever units you like.

$pvs PV VG Fmt Attr PSize PFree /dev/sda2 MMB lvm2 a-- 29.69G 6.91G  I noticed this mention in the man page: --units hHbBsSkKmMgGtTpPeE All sizes are output in these units: (h)uman-readable, (b)ytes, (s)ectors, (k)ilobytes, (m)egabytes, (g)igabytes,(t)erabytes, (p)etabytes, (e)xabytes. Capitalise to use multiples of 1000 (S.I.) instead of 1024. Can also specify custom units e.g. --units 3M  ### Example You can override the units like so: $ pvs --units m
PV         VG             Fmt  Attr PSize     PFree
/dev/sda2  vg_switchboard lvm2 a--  37664.00m    0m

• perfect and saves me from the dreadful oneliner I was trying to create!
– Josh
Dec 3, 2013 at 17:43
• --unitsworks with vgdisplay, too. Nice. Feb 4, 2021 at 14:06

Well, I said I'd give you a one liner so here it is but it really is not very good. @slm's answer is obviously the way to go. Anyway, the one-liner below assumes that the PV size is expressed in KBytes (which is not always the case) and prints GiB by default.

$pvdisplay | perl -plne '$f=$1 if /Free PE\s*(\d+)/;$s=$1 if /PE Size.*?(\d+)/; print " Free Space\t\t",($s*$f)/1048576," GiB" if /UUID/' /dev/cdrom: open failed: No medium found --- Physical volume --- PV Name /dev/sda2 VG Name MMB PV Size 29.71 GB / not usable 19.77 MB Allocatable yes PE Size (KByte) 32768 Total PE 950 Free PE 221 Allocated PE 729 Free Space 6.90625 GiB PV UUID QfZGfn-a3VV-IRkw-bV9g-6iqm-zXjN-y5e6gr  i know i'm a bit late to answer but i think the easiest way is just : (Same options work for vgs also), $ pvs -o name,free --units g --noheadings

/dev/sda2      0g
/dev/sdb   18.40g
/dev/sdc    5.00g
/dev/sdd   14.00g