Introduction to UDisks

The UDisks package provides a daemon, tools and libraries to access and manipulate disks and storage devices.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.2 platform.

Package Information

UDisks Dependencies


libatasmart-0.19, libblockdev-2.27, libgudev-237, libxslt-1.1.36, and Polkit-121

Required at runtime

btrfs-progs-5.19, dosfstools-4.2, gptfdisk-1.0.9, mdadm-4.2, and xfsprogs-5.19.0


Optional (Required if building GNOME)



D-Bus Python-1.2.18 (for the integration tests), GTK-Doc-1.33.2, LVM2-2.03.16, ntfs-3g-2022.5.17, PyGObject-3.42.2 (for the integration tests), exFAT, and libiscsi

User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/udisks2

Installation of UDisks

Install UDisks by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr        \
            --sysconfdir=/etc    \
            --localstatedir=/var \
            --disable-static     &&

To test the results, issue: make check. A more thorough test can be run with make ci. You must first create the directories /var/run/udisks2 and /var/lib/udisks2, and the optional python modules should be present.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.

Configuring UDisks2

Config Files

/etc/udisks2/mount_options.conf and /etc/udisks2/udisks2.conf

Configuration Information

The default configuration of UDisks2 assumes ntfs-3g is used to mount NTFS filesystems. If the wrapper script for in-kernel NTFS3 driver (recommended in the ntfs-3g-2022.5.17 page) is used instead, create a configuration file for UDisks2 compatible with NTFS3 to allow mounting NTFS filesystems:

cat > /etc/udisks2/mount_options.conf << "EOF"


Installed Programs: udisksctl and umount.udisks2
Installed Library: libudisks2.so
Installed Directories: /etc/udisks2, /usr/include/udisks2, /usr/libexec/udisks2, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/udisks2, and /var/lib/udisks2

Short Descriptions


is a command-line program used to interact with the udisksd daemon


is a command-line program used to unmount file systems that have been mounted by the UDisks daemon


contains the UDisks API functions