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"

Notes The attribute names may be given without the leading $ symbol.
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 -devel@lists.sf.net


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:


Read libntfs(8)for details how to access encrypted files. libntfs(8), ntfsls(8), ntfsprogs(8)

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