GNU Parted

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GNU Parted
Original author(s)Andrew Clausen, Lennert Buytenhek
Stable release
3.6[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 11 April 2023
RepositoryGNU Parted Repository
Written inC
Operating systemLinux, GNU Hurd
TypePartition editor

GNU Parted (from GNU partition editor) is a free partition editor, used for creating and deleting partitions. This is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganising hard disk usage, copying data between hard disks, and disk imaging. It was written by Andrew Clausen and Lennert Buytenhek.

It consists of a library, libparted, and a command-line front-end, parted, that also serves as a reference implementation.

Currently, GNU Parted runs only under Linux and GNU/Hurd.[2]

Other front-ends[edit]


GParted uses GNU Parted in the backend

nparted is the newt-based frontend to GNU Parted.[3]

Projects have started for an ncurses frontend,[4] that also could be used in Windows (with GNUWin32 Ncurses).[5]

fatresize offers a command-line interface for FAT16/FAT32 non-destructive resize and uses the GNU Parted library.[6]

Graphical front-ends[edit]

GParted is a graphical program using the parted libraries. It is adapted for GNOME, one of the two major desktop environments (the other being KDE) for Unix-like installations. It is often included as utility on many live CD distributions to make partitioning easier.

KDE Partition Manager is a Qt graphical program, also included on many live CD distributions, which made use of parted libraries; anyway, in version 4.0 its backend, KPMcore, was ported away from libparted to sfdisk.[7] QtParted was another graphical front-end based on Qt that is no longer being actively maintained.

Pyparted[8] (also called python-parted)[9] is the Python front-end for GNU Parted.

Linux distributions that come with this application[which?] by default include Slackware, Knoppix, sidux, SystemRescueCD, and Parted Magic.


Parted previously had support for operating on filesystems within partitions (creating, moving, resizing, copying). This support was removed in version 3.0.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brian C. Lane (11 April 2023). "[parted-devel] parted-3.6 released [stable]". Retrieved 11 April 2023.
  2. ^ GNU Parted supported platforms
  3. ^ Overview of nparted source package
  4. ^ cparted - ncurses interface in python/pyparted
  5. ^ Ncurses
  6. ^ fatresize
  7. ^ "KDE Partition Manager 4.0". Retrieved 2024-01-11.
  8. ^ pyparted – Python bindings for GNU parted (libparted) github page
  9. ^ python-parted package in Ubuntu dapper
  10. ^ parted 3.0 release notes

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