There are a few ways you can get progress/status of your dd command. Here are 3 examples I know:

Using pv

Install pv (pv - monitor the progress of data through a pipe):


sudo apt install pv

Now you can pipe your dd command to see progress:


dd bs=1M count=6000 if=/dev/zero | pv | dd of=test conv=fdatasync
370MiB 0:00:02 [ 178MiB/s] [  <=>                                           ]

Also you can get estimated time if you specify file size:


dd bs=1M count=6000 if=/dev/zero | pv -s 6G | dd of=test conv=fdatasync
888MiB 0:00:04 [ 239MiB/s] [=======>                        ] 14% ETA 0:00:23

This is the one I use. It looks a lot better then the others :)

Making alias command

Also you can create command called mydd in .bashrc. Just add into file ~/.bashrc:

alias mydd='while kill -USR1 $(pidof dd) ; do sleep 1 ; done'

Then reload .bashrc:


source ~\.bashrc

Now run dd with extra command:


dd bs=1M count=6000 if=/dev/zero of=test conv=fdatasync & mydd

Now depending on the sleep you specified it will output current status of dd command every # sec in the same stdout where dd is running.

Using new status option in dd (>8.24)

dd in GNU Coreutils 8.24+ got a new status option to display the progress. You can check your version with:


dd -version
dd (coreutils) 8.26
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So to use status option just add status=progress to your dd command:


dd bs=1M count=6000 if=/dev/zero of=test conv=fdatasync status=progress
5281677312 bytes (5.3 GB, 4.9 GiB) copied, 10.0102 s, 528 MB/s