Linux: How do I list all USB devices?

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Q. How do I list all USB devices connected to my computer / Linux laptop?

A.You need to use command called lsusb. It is a utility for displaying information about USB buses in the system and the devices connected to them under Linux kernel.

lsusb – list USB devices

To make use of all the features of this program, you need to have a Linux kernel which supports the /proc/bus/usb interface (e.g., Linux kernel 2.3.15 or newer).
$ lsusb

Bus 004 Device 002: ID 0930:6532 Toshiba Corp.
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

To get verbose output type the command:
$ lsusb -v

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  1. Hi im new into reading unsupported usb devices on linux and I have a question to ask, after that whats the next step to do? how can I read the raw data (if thats the right way to call it like that), and what type of applications can I use to getting the data… Any help I will apreciate it. BTW Im trying to getting the pictures of a Disney Jonas Brother Digital Still Camera or use it like a webcam or something else like controlling when to take pictures, you know the usual stuff.

  2. with an older zonet bluetooth dongle not showing in lsusb or errors in dmesg how can I tell if there are any interactions when plugged? (Mint 15 64bit mate)

  3. If the device has been formatted and given a path on the system, then typing “df” will show the device/path on the list. If you unplug it and type “df” again, then compare the two lists, you can see which one it is.

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