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megatools ls - List files stored in the cloud


megatools ls [-e] [-h] [--header] [-l] [-R] [-n] [<remotepaths>...]


Lists files stored on, exports public download links.


For all files that are going to be listed, also display public download link with file key.

NOTE: Folders export doesn’t work yet.

Display file sizes in a human readable format.
For long list format, display header describing all listed columns.
List additional information about listed filesystem nodes. Node handle, owner, node type, file size, and the last modification date.
List directories recursively. This is the default if no paths are specified.
Show only names of nodes within the directory. This option has effect only if you specified a single path on a command line.
Separate file names with NULs instead of new lines.
Account username (email)
Account password
Never ask interactively for a password
Reload filesystem cache
Set maximum allowed upload and download speed in KiB/s. This option overrides config file settings. 0 means no limit. When using ParallelTransfers > 1, upload speed limit is applied to each transfer individually.
Use proxy server to connect to This option overrides config file settings. More information can be found in libcurl documentation at ⟨⟩. Some acceptable values are:
none : Disable proxy if it was enabled in the config file.
socks5://localhost:9050 : Local SOCKSv5 proxy server
socks5h://localhost:9050 : Local SOCKSv5 proxy server with DNS handled by the proxy
Network interface or local IP address used for outgoing connections. You have to specify IP address bound to some of your local network interfaces, when specifying an IP address.
Which IP protocol to prefer when connecting to (v4, v6, or any). This is just an advisory option. Megatools will resolve domain, and then use an A or AAAA record based on the stated preference.
Load configuration from a file
Disable loading .megarc
Enable debugging of various aspects of the megatools operation. You may enable multiple debugging options separated by commas. (eg. --debug api,fs)

Available options are:

http: Dump HTTP request/response details (can be used to debug connection/proxy issues)
api: Dump API calls
fs: Dump filesystem (may require --reload to actually print something)
cache: Dump cache contents
tman: Dump transfer manager events
Show version information
One or more remote filesystem paths to list. If path points to a directory, contents of the directory and the directory itself is listed. When --names is given, only the contents of the directory is listed.

If path points to a file, the file itself is listed.

If omitted, the entire remote filesystem is listed recursively.


List all files:

$ megatools ls
List all files in the /Root, recursively and with details:

$ megatools ls -l /Root
3RsS2QwJ                2             - 2013-01-22 12:31:06 /Root
2FFSiaKZ    Xz2tWWB5Dmo 0          2686 2013-04-15 08:33:47 /Root/README
udtDgR7I    Xz2tWWB5Dmo 0    4405067776 2013-04-10 19:16:02 /Root/bigfile
List all files in the /Root, recursively and with details, show only file names:

$ megatools ls -ln /Root
2FFSiaKZ    Xz2tWWB5Dmo 0          2686 2013-04-15 08:33:47 README
udtDgR7I    Xz2tWWB5Dmo 0    4405067776 2013-04-10 19:16:02 bigfile
Export download links:

$ megatools ls -e /Root/README!OFFRlbgR!k5rWmLp3mxB0gsq07Ii67PLd9L0wq4KondFLDlfH3Uw /Root/README
List files in a more human readable format:

$ megatools ls -hnl --header /Root/README
Handle      Owner       T          Size Mod. Date           Filename
2FFSiaKZ    Xz2tWWB5Dmo 0       2.6 KiB 2013-04-15 08:33:47 README

REMOTE FILESYSTEM filesystem is represented as a tree of nodes of various types. Nodes are identified by a 8 character node handles (eg. 7Fdi3ZjC). Structure of the filesystem is not encrypted.

Megatools maps node tree structure to a traditional filesystem paths (eg. /Root/SomeFile.DAT).

NOTE: By the nature of storage, several files in the directory can have the same name. To allow access to such files, the names of conflicting files are extended by appending dot and their node handle like this:


You need to be aware of several special folders:

Writable directory representing the root of the filesystem.
Trash directory where web client moves deleted files. This directory is not used by megatools when removing files.
Not sure.
Directory containing subdirectories representing your contacts list. If you want to add contacts to the list, simply create subdirectory named after the contact you want to add.
Directories representing individual contacts in your contacts list. These directories contain folders that others shared with you. All shared files are read-only, at the moment.


megatools(1), megarc(5), megatools-df(1), megatools-dl(1), megatools-get(1), megatools-ls(1), megatools-mkdir(1), megatools-put(1), megatools-reg(1), megatools-rm(1), megatools-copy(1).


Part of the megatools(1) suite of commands.


Report bugs to ⟨⟩ . Your message will end up in a public archive, so be careful what you say or send.


Megatools was written by Ondrej Jirman < ⟨⟩ >, 2013-2022.

Official website is ⟨⟩.

16 March 2023