How to Increase LVM Disk Space in Ubuntu


The following process has been tested on the server version of the following distros

  • ubuntu 16.04
  • ubuntu 18.10
  • ubuntu 20.04

Step 01

Shut down the VM and increase the volume in VM’s VMware ESXi settings and restart the VM

Step 02

Login into the system via ssh or web console. Change user privilege to administrator (sudo), in other words – become root

Step 03

Run command


This command should invoke configure disk options and the terminal should look similar as below

Step 04

Select the last drive (in my case /dev/sda3) using up and down arrow key and from the bottom menu select Resize

Step 05

Once Resize has been selected, the terminal will prompt for the total size of the disk to be resized. Add the free space size with the current size and put the numbers in, if not already provided. In most cases, the system can detect the free space and adds it automatically. Press ENTER

At the bottom of the screen, the terminal will show that partition *x* has been resized. (change x with the partition number that you just resized)

Step 06

The next step is to write these changes (partition table) into the disk. Select Write option from the bottom menu using the left and right arrows.


This operation might delete data. So make sure that you have taken the appropriate backup of your data.

this will invoke a confirmation dialog, type yes to confirm the changes and press ENTER

If this writing process did not encounter any problem then the terminal should show that the partition table has been altered.

Step 07

Quit cfdisk by selecting Quit from the bottom menu.

Terminal might show syncing disks. message as it exits from the cfdisk.

Step 08

Reboot the system.

reboot now

log back in, change back to root user.

Step 09

The first thing to do after the restart is to check if the partition has been extended properly, to do that run

fdisk -l /dev/sda

This should show you that the desired partition has been extended.

But df -h still shows that the root partition / mount point is still stuck with nearly 4GB of space.

Step 10

To increase the size of the logical volume at the mount point / we would need the file system name from the command df -h and then run

resize2fs /dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-ubuntu-lv

N.B: (change the file system name according to your system)

Step 11

Check the disk size has changed

df -h

Successfully increased LV disk space in the ubuntu system.


Here is the original answer that lead me to this post for my own reference.


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