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udiskie 1.0.3

Removable disk automounter for udisks

Latest Version: 1.7.3

udiskie is a simple daemon that uses UDisks to automatically mount removable storage devices. This daemon comes with optional mount notifications and GTK tray icon. It also provides a user level CLI for mount and unmount operations.


Start the automount and notification daemon and show a system tray icon:

udiskie --tray

Mount or unlock a specific device manually:

udiskie-mount /dev/sdb1

Unmount or remove a specific device manually:

udiskie-umount /media/<device-name>
# or with udisks2
udiskie-umount -2 /run/media/<user>/<device>

See the man page for further instructions


Unfortunately, udiskie has dependencies that can not be automatically downloaded and installed from PyPI:


udiskie requires permission for some polkit actions which are usually granted when using a desktop environment. If your login session is not properly activated you may need to customize your PolicyKit settings. Create the file /etc/polkit-1/rules.d/50-udiskie.rules with the following contents:

polkit.addRule(function(action, subject) {
  var permit = [
    // only required for udisks1:
    // only required for udisks2:
  if (subject.isInGroup("storage") && permit.indexOf( != -1) {
    return polkit.Result.YES;

This configuration allows all members of the storage group to run udiskie.

GTK icons

udiskie comes with a set of themeable custom Tango-style GTK icons for its tray icon menu. The installer tries to install the icons into GTK’s default hicolor theme. Typically this is located in /usr/share/icons/hicolor. If you have any problems with this or you need a custom path you can manually do it like so:

cp ./icons/scalable /usr/share/icons/hicolor -r
gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/hicolor

When doing a local installation, for example in a virtualenv, you can manually change the installation prefix for the icon data files like so:

python install --install-data ~/.local

The icons roughly follow the Tango style guidelines. Some icons incorporate the CDROM icon of the base icon theme of the Tango desktop project (released into the public domain).


udiskie is developed on github. Feel free to contribute patches as pull requests here.

Try to be consistent with the PEP8 guidelines. Add unit tests for all non-trivial functionality if possible. Dependency injection is a great pattern to keep modules flexible and testable.

Commits should be reversible, independent units if possible. Use descriptive titles and also add an explaining commit message unless the modification is trivial. See also: A Note About Git Commit Messages.


You can use the github issues to report any issues you encounter, ask general questions or suggest new features. There is also a public mailing list on sourceforge if you prefer email.



  • handle exception if no notification service is installed


  • fix crash when calling udiskie mount/unmount utilites without udisks1 installed


  • fix crash when calling udiskie without having udisks1 installed (regression)


  • port to PyGObject, removing dependencies on pygtk, zenity, dbus-python, python-notify
  • use a PyGObject based password dialog
  • remove –password-prompt parameter
  • rename command line parameters
  • add negations for all command line parameters


  • remove the ‘–filters’ parameter for good
  • change config format to YAML
  • change default config path to $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/udiskie/config.yml
  • separate ignore filters from mount option filters
  • allow to match multiple attributes against a device (AND-wise)
  • allow to overwrite udiskies default handleability settings
  • raise exception if –config file doesn’t exist
  • add –options parameter for udiskie-mount
  • simplify local installations


There are some backward incompatible changes, hence the version break:

  • command line parameter ‘-f’/’–filters’ renamed to ‘-C’/’–config’
  • add sections in config file to disable individual mount notifications and set defaults for some program options (udisks version, prompt, etc)
  • refactor udiskie.cli, udiskie.config and udiskie.tray
  • revert ‘make udiskie a namespace package’
  • add ‘Browse folder’ action to tray menu
  • add ‘Browse folder’ action button to mount notifications
  • add ‘–no-automounter’ command line option to disable automounting
  • add ‘–auto-tray’ command line option to use a tray icon that automatically disappears when no actions are available
  • show notifications when devices dis-/appear (can be disabled via config file)
  • show ‘id_label’ in tray menu, if available (instead of mount path or device path)
  • add ‘Job failed’ notifications
  • add ‘Retry’ button to failed notifications
  • remove automatic retries to unlock LUKS partitions
  • pass only device name to external password prompt
  • add ‘–quiet’ command line option
  • ignore devices ignored by udev rules


  • fix logging in
  • more verbose log messages (with time) when having -v on
  • fix mounting devices that are added as ‘external’ and later changed to ‘internal’ [udisks1] (applies to LUKS devices that are opened by an udev rule for example)

0.6.3 (bug fix)

  • fix exception in Mounter.detach_device if unable to detach
  • fix force-detach for UDisks2 backend
  • automatically use UDisks2 if UDisks1 is not available
  • mount unlocked devices only once, removes error message on UDisks2
  • mention __ignore__ in man page

0.6.2 (aesthetic)

  • add custom icons for the context menu of the system tray widget

0.6.1 (bug fix)

  • fix udisks2 external device detection bug: all devices were considered external when using Sniffer (as done in the udiskie-mount and udiskie-umount tools)

0.6.0 (udisks2 support, bug fix)

  • cache device states to avoid some race conditions
  • show filesystem label in mount/unmount notifications
  • retry to unlock LUKS devices when wrong password was entered twice
  • show ‘eject’ only if media is available (udisks1 ejects only in this case)
  • (un-) mount/lock notifications shown even when operations failed
  • refactor internal API
  • experimental support for udisks2

0.5.3 (feature, bug fix)

  • add ‘__ignore__’ config file option to prevent handling specific devices
  • delay notifications until termination of long operations

0.5.2 (tray icon)

  • add tray icon (pygtk based)
  • eject / detach drives from command line

0.5.1 (mainly internal changes)

  • use setuptools entry points to create the executables
  • make udiskie a namespace package

0.5.0 (LUKS support)

  • support for LUKS devices (using zenity for password prompt)
  • major refactoring
  • use setuptools as installer
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