ntfscat - 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.
The attribute names may be given without the leading $
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.
This will override some sensible defaults, such as not using a mounted volume. Use this option with caution.
Show a list of options with a brief description of each one.
Suppress some debug/warning/error messages.
Show the version number, copyright and license ntfscat.
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
ntfs-3g-devel [AT] lists.net
ntfscat was written by Richard Russon, Anton Altaparmakov and Szabolcs Szakacsits. It was ported to ntfs-3g by Erik Larsson.
is part of the ntfs-3g package and is available from:
Read libntfs(8) for details how to access encrypted files.