Steps to grow your KVM VM/Container’s partition after extending root OS size or extending ext2/3/4 and XFS root partition without LVM at runtime. These steps will work on most Debian/Ubuntu and CentOS based systems.
1) Root access to the System/VM/Container.
2) Extended root OS Size (for KVM VM/Containers only)
> First, log in to the root user of the System/VM/Container after root OS Size is increased.
> Then check the partition details of the system using
fdisk -l commands as the image below.
> Below given image shows that the OS partition size
vda is 160GB in total but the
vda1 system root
/ the total size is 80GB currently. You can see more details by using
df -h the command.
> To enlarge the partition you need to install
cloud utils package and run
growpartthe command to increase the partition. The
growpart is a Linux command-line tool used to extend a partition in a partition table to fill available space. Use the following command to install
cloud utils package.
On Ubuntu / Debian system:
sudo apt -y install cloud-guest-utils gdisk
For CentOS System:
sudo yum -y install cloud-utils-growpart gdisk
growpart to extend the partition
growpart /dev/vda 1
/dev/vda is the main OS Partition and
1 is sub-partition number 1 which indicates you can extend
/dev/vda1 partition by running the above command.
> Then check the partitions details using
lsblk command. It should show sub-partition number 1 extended to 160GB.
> Now, check what type of partition your system is using with the help of
df -Th command.
> Now, you can resize
/ partition to fill all space in
/dev/vda1 partition using the
resize2fs for ext partition command as below
Note: If your filesystem is XFS, it can be grown while mounted using the
xfs_growfs command as below.
xfs_growfs -d /dev/vda1
> You can confirm the new size by running the commands
fdisk -l. You can see now vda1 partition is 160GB in total size.