NTFSCATSection: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: September 2007
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NAMEntfscat - print NTFS files and streams on the standard output
SYNOPSIS[options] device [file]
DESCRIPTIONntfscat will read a file or stream from an NTFS volume and display the contents on the standard output.
OPTIONSBelow 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
$DATA attribute will be shown. The attribute can be specified by a number
in decimal or hexadecimal, or by name.
Hex Decimal Name 0x10 16 "$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.
EXAMPLESDisplay the contents of a file in the root of an NTFS volume.
ntfscat /dev/hda1 boot.ini
ntfscat /dev/hda1 /winnt/system32/drivers/etc/hosts
ntfscat /dev/hda1 -a INDEX_ROOT -i 5 | hexdump -C
BUGSThere are no known problems with ntfscat. If you find a bug please send an email describing the problem to the development team:
AUTHORSntfscat was written by Richard Russon, Anton Altaparmakov and Szabolcs Szakacsits. It was ported to ntfs-3g by Erik Larsson.
AVAILABILITYntfscat is part of the ntfs-3g package and is available from:
SEE ALSORead libntfs(8) for details how to access encrypted files.
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