Journaled File System Technology for Linux

Who's using JFS?

Linux Distributions shipping JFS

The Linux distributions that ship JFS, along with the initial version in which JFS was available, are included in the following table:

This table isn't being kept up to date do to the face that the filesystem is available in just about every distribution. It remains for historical reasons.

Distribution Initial
ALT Linux 2.0
Arch Linux 0.6
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0
Gentoo Linux 1.4
KateOS 1.0
Knoppix Linux 3.1
Mandrake Linux 8.1
Onyx 2008
Red Hat Linux 7.3
Slackware Linux 8.1
SuSE Linux 7.3
Turbolinux 7.0
United Linux 1.0

Major Installations & Products using JFS

The following are submissions from system administrators who are using JFS in a production environment. If you have a notable JFS installation you'd like to have added to the list, please send email to

  • Senft Betonbohren (Senft Concrete Drilling)
  • We are using JFS on the three main servers running Debian 6 and some workstations. The filesystem is fast and stable and brings a good performance to the file, mail and database server.

  • E-M-C-Direct GmbH & Co. KG
  • Installed JFS on the two main-servers of the company.

    Mail/Intranet server running on Debian 5.0 with JFS as root and data filesystem, file and database server running on Debian 6.0 with root, data and backup partition on JFS.

    JFS is very fast and stable and the best choice for the critical data in the company.

  • Technogym
  • "First of all JFS is one of few thing for which it's worth living.

    We have 5 large installation of Suse Linux 8.0 all of them are running on a DELL Poweredge 2650 with 6GB of RAM and double XEON 2.8 GHz."

  • Shark Linux
  • "Linisys, LLC of New Orleans Louisiana is the developer of a new distribution of the Linux operating system. Shark Linux 1.05, scheduled for release before the end of the 2003 has chosen IBM's JFS (Journaled File System) for its default filesystem."

  • Affymetrix, Inc.
  • "We are using JFS to format local disks, EMC Symmetrix shares and Nexsan Ataboys attached to multiprocessor PC's (4 processor Dells and dua-processor Supermicros) running Postgresql databases on various flavors of RedHat Linux. It's easy to use, very stable, and substantially faster than ext3."