Introduction to USB Utils

The USB Utils package contains utilities used to display information about USB buses in the system and the devices connected to them.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

USB Utils Dependencies




Installation of USB Utils

Install USB Utils by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --datadir=/usr/share/hwdata &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

To install the usb.ids data file, using Wget-1.21.4, run, as the root user:

install -dm755 /usr/share/hwdata/ &&
wget -O /usr/share/hwdata/usb.ids

The script displays information in a more easily readable form than lsusb. To find the options, use -h. One form of use recommended by the developer is -ciu.

Configuring USB Utils

The usb.ids data file is constantly being updated. To get a current version of this file, using Wget-1.21.4, periodically run again, as the root user:

wget -O /usr/share/hwdata/usb.ids

You should update the /usr/share/hwdata/usb.ids file periodically. If you've installed Fcron-3.2.1 and completed the section on periodic jobs, execute the following commands, as the root user, to create a weekly cron job:

cat > /etc/cron.weekly/ << "EOF" &&
/usr/bin/wget -O /usr/share/hwdata/usb.ids
chmod 754 /etc/cron.weekly/


Installed Programs: lsusb,, usb-devices, and usbhid-dump
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


is a utility for displaying information about all USB buses in the system and all devices connected to them, but not in human friendly form

displays information about all USB buses in the system and all devices connected to them in reasonable human friendly form


is a shell script that displays details of USB buses and devices connected to them. It is designed to be used if /proc/bus/usb/devices is not available on your system


is used to dump report descriptors and streams from HID (human interface device) interfaces of USB devices