zramctl(8) set up and control zram devices


Get info:

zramctl [options]

Reset zram:

zramctl -r zramdev...

Print name of first unused zram device:

zramctl -f

Set up a zram device:

zramctl [-f | zramdev] [-s size] [-t number] [-a algorithm]


zramctl is used to quickly set up zram device parameters, to reset zram devices, and to query the status of used zram devices. If no option is given, all zram devices are shown.


-a, --algorithm lzo|lz4
Set the compression algorithm to be used for compressing data in the zram device.
-f, --find
Find the first unused zram device. If a --size argument is present, then initialize the device.
-n, --noheadings
Do not print a header line in status output.
-o, --output list
Define the status output columns to be used. If no output arrangement is specified, then a default set is used. Use --help to get a list of all supported columns.
Use the raw format for status output.
-r, --reset
Reset the options of the specified zram device(s). Zram device settings can be changed only after a reset.
-s, --size size
Create a zram device of the specified size. Zram devices are aligned to memory pages; when the requested size is not a multiple of the page size, it will be rounded up to the next multiple. When not otherwise specified, the unit of the size parameter is bytes.
The size argument may be followed by the multiplicative suffixes KiB (=1024), MiB (=1024*1024), and so on for GiB, TiB, PiB, EiB, ZiB and YiB (the "iB" is optional, e.g., "K" has the same meaning as "KiB") or the suffixes KB (=1000), MB (=1000*1000), and so on for GB, TB, PB, EB, ZB and YB.
-t, --streams number
Set the maximum number of compression streams that can be used for the device. The default is one stream.
-V, --version
Display version information and exit.
-h, --help
Display help text and exit.


zramctl returns 0 on success, nonzero on failure.


zram block devices


The following commands set up a zram device with a size of one gigabyte and use it as swap device.
# zramctl --find --size 1024M /dev/zram0 # mkswap /dev/zram0 # swapon /dev/zram0 ... # swapoff /dev/zram0 # zramctl --reset /dev/zram0


Timofey Titovets <[email protected]>
Karel Zak <[email protected]>


The zramctl command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.