LOSETUP(8)                    System Administration                   LOSETUP(8)

       losetup - set up and control loop devices

       Get info:

       losetup [loopdev]

       losetup -l [-a]

       losetup -j file [-o offset]

       Detach a loop device:

       losetup -d loopdev ...

       Detach all associated loop devices:

       losetup -D

       Set up a loop device:

       losetup [-o offset] [--sizelimit size] [--sector-size size] [-Pr]
       [--show] -f loopdev file

       Resize a loop device:

       losetup -c loopdev

       losetup is used to associate loop devices with regular files or block
       devices, to detach loop devices, and to query the status of a loop
       device. If only the loopdev argument is given, the status of the
       corresponding loop device is shown. If no option is given, all loop
       devices are shown.

       Note that the old output format (i.e., losetup -a) with comma-delimited
       strings is deprecated in favour of the --list output format.

       It’s possible to create more independent loop devices for the same
       backing file. This setup may be dangerous, can cause data loss,
       corruption and overwrites. Use --nooverlap with --find during setup to
       avoid this problem.

       The loop device setup is not an atomic operation when used with --find,
       and losetup does not protect this operation by any lock. The number of
       attempts is internally restricted to a maximum of 16. It is recommended
       to use for example flock1 to avoid a collision in heavily parallel use

       The size and offset arguments may be followed by the multiplicative
       suffixes KiB (=1024), MiB (=1024*1024), and so on for GiB, TiB, PiB, EiB,
       ZiB and YiB (the "iB" is optional, e.g., "K" has the same meaning as
       "KiB") or the suffixes KB (=1000), MB (=1000*1000), and so on for GB, TB,
       PB, EB, ZB and YB.

       -a, --all
           Show the status of all loop devices. Note that not all information is
           accessible for non-root users. See also --list. The old output format
           (as printed without --list) is deprecated.

       -d, --detach loopdev...
           Detach the file or device associated with the specified loop
           device(s). Note that since Linux v3.7 kernel uses "lazy device
           destruction". The detach operation does not return EBUSY error
           anymore if device is actively used by system, but it is marked by
           autoclear flag and destroyed later.

       -D, --detach-all
           Detach all associated loop devices.

       -f, --find [file]
           Find the first unused loop device. If a file argument is present, use
           the found device as loop device. Otherwise, just print its name.

           Display the name of the assigned loop device if the -f option and a
           file argument are present.

       -L, --nooverlap
           Check for conflicts between loop devices to avoid situation when the
           same backing file is shared between more loop devices. If the file is
           already used by another device then re-use the device rather than a
           new one. The option makes sense only with --find.

       -j, --associated file [-o offset]
           Show the status of all loop devices associated with the given file.

       -o, --offset offset
           The data start is moved offset bytes into the specified file or
           device. The offset may be followed by the multiplicative suffixes;
           see above.

       --sizelimit size
           The data end is set to no more than size bytes after the data start.
           The size may be followed by the multiplicative suffixes; see above.

       -b, --sector-size size
           Set the logical sector size of the loop device in bytes (since Linux
           4.14). The option may be used when create a new loop device as well
           as stand-alone command to modify sector size of the already existing
           loop device.

       -c, --set-capacity loopdev
           Force the loop driver to reread the size of the file associated with
           the specified loop device.

       -P, --partscan
           Force the kernel to scan the partition table on a newly created loop
           device. Note that the partition table parsing depends on sector
           sizes. The default is sector size is 512 bytes, otherwise you need to
           use the option --sector-size together with --partscan.

       -r, --read-only
           Set up a read-only loop device.

           Enable or disable direct I/O for the backing file. The optional
           argument can be either on or off. If the argument is omitted, it
           defaults to off.

       -v, --verbose
           Verbose mode.

       -l, --list
           If a loop device or the -a option is specified, print the default
           columns for either the specified loop device or all loop devices; the
           default is to print info about all devices. See also --output,
           --noheadings, --raw, and --json.

       -O, --output column[,column]...
           Specify the columns that are to be printed for the --list output. Use
           --help to get a list of all supported columns.

           Output all available columns.

       -n, --noheadings
           Don’t print headings for --list output format.

           Use the raw --list output format.

       -J, --json
           Use JSON format for --list output.

       -V, --version
           Display version information and exit.

       -h, --help
           Display help text and exit.

       Cryptoloop is no longer supported in favor of dm-crypt. For more details
       see cryptsetup(8).

       losetup returns 0 on success, nonzero on failure. When losetup displays
       the status of a loop device, it returns 1 if the device is not configured
       and 2 if an error occurred which prevented determining the status of the

       Since version 2.37 losetup uses LOOP_CONFIGURE ioctl to setup a new loop
       device by one ioctl call. The old versions use LOOP_SET_FD and
       LOOP_SET_STATUS64 ioctls to do the same.

           enables debug output.

           loop block devices

           loop control device

       The following commands can be used as an example of using the loop

           # dd if=/dev/zero of=~/file.img bs=1024k count=10
           # losetup --find --show ~/file.img
           # mkfs -t ext2 /dev/loop0
           # mount /dev/loop0 /mnt
           # umount /dev/loop0
           # losetup --detach /dev/loop0

       Karel Zak <kzak@redhat.com>, based on the original version from Theodore
       Ts’o <tytso@athena.mit.edu>.

       For bug reports, use the issue tracker at

       The losetup command is part of the util-linux package which can be
       downloaded from Linux Kernel Archive

util-linux 2.37.2                  2021-06-02                         LOSETUP(8)