See Progress of dd Process

Here's how to see progress of a terminal process like dd.

Needs some visibility

dd is a great program for copying files to disks, as in for creating bootable media. But it gives no output by default. These can be long processes, and it can lead you to wonder if it's still working, where you're at or when you can pop out for some pizza.

Tool to add

pv is a pipe viewer, where you can see the progress of the data flow if you pipe to the pv program.

Install it:

sudo apt install pv


Usually you'd run a dd command like this:

sudo dd if=~/Downloads/Win11_22H2_English_x64v2.iso of=/dev/sda bs=64k

Now with Progress

Now you get to see more progress bars if you run with:

dd if=~/Downloads/Win11_22H2_English_x64v2.iso | pv | sudo dd of=/dev/sda bs=64k

Now you can count down to pizza.