Get Last Accessed File Time In Ubuntu Linux

By Lowell Heddings on November 26th, 2006

Ubuntu Linux has a rich set of commands for manipulating and accessing files. The stat utility gives detailed access to file information, including last accessed and last modified file time.

From the terminal window, run the command with this syntax:

stat filename

Here’s an example of checking the last time I’ve run Firefox on one of my machines:

[geek@ubuntu firefox]# stat firefox-bin
  File: `firefox-bin'
  Size: 9781136         Blocks: 19136      IO Block: 4096   Regular File
Device: 302h/770d       Inode: 555615      Links: 1    
Access: (0755/-rwxr-xr-x)  Uid: (  500/  geek)   Gid: (  500/  geek)
Access: 2006-01-14 17:41:15.000000000 -0500
Modify: 2005-05-11 14:17:00.000000000 -0400
Change: 2005-05-13 23:31:44.000000000 -0400

I guess I haven’t used that box in a while… last time I used firefox was january 14th.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/26/06
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