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Btrfs: the b-tree filesystem


Btrfs is a copy-on-write filesystem for Linux aimed at implementing advanced features including error detection, fault tolerance, recovery, transparent compression, cheap snapshots, integrated volume management, and easy administration. It provides multiple device storage pooling, RAID-like functionality, fast snapshot creation, and checksumming of data and metadata. Contributors include Facebook, Fujitsu, (open)SUSE, Oracle, and Western Digital. Btrfs is licensed under the GPL and open for contribution from anyone.

Upstream Development

Btrfs in Fedora

Btrfs by default, on the desktop

Btrfs support

  • It has been available as an installation time option as early as Fedora 11, and a release blocking file system technology since 2012.
  • All Fedora products include Btrfs support in the kernel, and user space tools are installed by default.

Bug reporting

  • Bugs related to btrfs user-space commands should be filed against the btrfs-progs component.
  • All other bugs should be filed against the kernel component. Following submission of the bug, please set the Assignee field to: and Save the change.


  • The Fedora installer, Anaconda, uses Btrfs as an option in Manual Partitioning.
  • The Btrfs partition scheme preset creates an ext4 /boot, swap, and a Btrfs pool. Two subvolumes, root and home, are created from that pool and mounted at / and /home respectively.
  • Additional mount points using Btrfs will also have corresponding subvolumes created based on the Name field. Subvolumes do not have a size, so the Desired Capacity field when creating new mount points is ignored and can be left blank.

Conversions from Ext3/Ext4 volumes to Btrfs (and back!)

Although Btrfs does not need LVM, if you already are using it then converting your volume does not remove LVM. It also doesn't create the subvolume layout that we're using in Anaconda, and image builders.