print NTFS files and streams on the standard output
[ options ] device [ file ]
ntfscat will read a file or stream from an NTFS volume and display the contents on the standard output.
The case of the filename passed to ntfscat is ignored.
Below is a summary of all the options that ntfscat accepts. Nearly all options have two equivalent names. The short name is preceded by - and the long name is preceded by --. Any single letter options, that don't take an argument, can be combined into a single command, e.g. -fv is equivalent to -f -v. Long named options can be abbreviated to any unique prefix of their name.
-a , --attribute TYPE Display the contents of a particular attribute type. By default, the unnamed $DATA attribute will be shown. The attribute can be specified by a number in decimal or hexadecimal, or by name. box; lB lB lB l l l. Hex Decimal Name 0x10 16 "$STANDARD_INFORMATION" 0x20 32 "$ATTRIBUTE_LIST" 0x30 48 "$FILE_NAME" 0x40 64 "$OBJECT_ID" 0x50 80 "$SECURITY_DESCRIPTOR" 0x60 96 "$VOLUME_NAME" 0x70 112 "$VOLUME_INFORMATION" 0x80 128 "$DATA" 0x90 144 "$INDEX_ROOT" 0xA0 160 "$INDEX_ALLOCATION" 0xB0 176 "$BITMAP" 0xC0 192 "$REPARSE_POINT" 0xD0 208 "$EA_INFORMATION" 0xE0 224 "$EA" 0xF0 240 "$PROPERTY_SET" 0x100 256 "$LOGGED_UTILITY_STREAM"
If you use the $ symbol, you must quote the name to prevent the shell interpreting the name.
-n , --attribute -name NAME Display this named attribute, stream.
-i , --inode NUM Specify a file by its inode number instead of its name.
-f , --force This will override some sensible defaults, such as not using a mounted volume. Use this option with caution.
-h , --help Show a list of options with a brief description of each one.
-q , --quiet Suppress some debug/warning/error messages.
-V , --version Show the version number, copyright and license ntfscat.
-v , --verbose Display more debug/warning/error messages.
Display the contents of a file in the root of an NTFS volume.ntfscat /dev/hda1 boot.ini Display the contents of a file in a subdirectory of an NTFS volume. ntfscat /dev/hda1 /winnt/system32/drivers/etc/hosts Display the contents of the $INDEX_ROOT attribute of the root directory (inode 5). ntfscat /dev/hda1 -a INDEX_ROOT -i 5 | hexdump -C
There are no known problems with ntfscat. If you find a bug please send an email describing the problem to the development team:
ntfs -3g -email@example.com
ntfscat was written by Richard Russon, Anton Altaparmakov and Szabolcs Szakacsits. It was ported to ntfs-3g by Erik Larsson.
ntfscat is part of the ntfs-3g package and is available from: