Related question: USB connect/disconnect notification

When the device is plugged/unplugged, I get instant notification, that's great. But to make it (almost) perfect, I also want to get device filename like /dev/ttyUSB0, and, even better, all symlinks to it.

But, I can't find how to get this information from udev, or from lsusb, or somehow else. The only ID of the device I have is a device path like /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb5/5-1. How to get device filename from it?

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    Browse the directories under /dev/disk/, the by-label and by-id paths might be of use. – lornix Jun 13 '14 at 9:54
  • Thanks, but /dev/disk contains only storage devices. Say, there's nothing about /dev/ttyUSB0. – Dmitry Frank Jun 13 '14 at 17:58
  • What is your use case? What's special about /dev/ttyUSB0 etc? – Faheem Mitha Apr 1 '16 at 9:39

Supposing I'm trying to find the device for my UVC camera, lsusb gives me:

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1e4e:0102 Cubeternet GL-UPC822 UVC WebCam

The device filename is then /dev/bus/usb/001/004 (first component is bus id, next is device id).

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    This is not the way one can get device node like /dev/ttyUSB0. – Dmitry Frank Nov 12 '14 at 8:20

I've just built a script for that, it's not pretty but works for me.

I tested this script on Arch Linux with this configurations:

$ uname -a
Linux 4.4.13-1-lts #1 SMP Wed Jun 8 16:44:31 CEST 2016 x86_64 GNU/Linux

And my device name is /dev/sdb which is quite different from yours, I hope it will work for you as well.

Also note that this script depends on usbutils package for usb-devices program, I believe its installed by default on all linux, but i might be wrong.

Script usbname:


# Input should be a single line from lsusb output:

# Read the bus number:
BUS=`echo $DATA | grep -Po 'Bus 0*\K[1-9]+'`

# Read the device number:
DEV=`echo $DATA | grep -Po 'Device 0*\K[1-9]+'`


# Search for the serial number of the PenDrive:
while read line
  if [ $FOUND == true ]; then
    USB_Serial=`echo "$line" | grep -Po 'SerialNumber=\K.*'`
    if [ "$USB_Serial" != "" ]; then

  if [ "`echo "$line" | grep -e "Bus=0*$BUS.*Dev#= *$DEV"`" != "" ]; then
done <<< "$(usb-devices)"

# Get the base name of the block device, e.g.: "sdx"
BASENAME=`file /dev/disk/by-id/* | grep -v 'part' | grep -Po "$USB_Serial.*/\K[^/]+$"`

# Build the full address, e.g.: "/dev/sdx"

# Output the address:
echo $NAME


$ ./usbname "$(lsusb | grep '<my_usb_label_or_id>')"
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  • This won't work if the USB device is not a block device. – Kyle Falconer Mar 29 at 19:12

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