See the YouTube video.

1 Introduction
2 Why?
3 Convert
4 Mount options
5 Sidenote: enlarge LUKS partition
6 Summary


As with all things on Linux, you have plenty of options. I’ve done the research, and concluded the Better filesystem (BTRFS) is the best for Linux.

This article will cover the code to getting started, including how to convert from Ext4.



I use doas, as it’s not as bloated as sudo. You can naturally replace doas with sudo or equivalent (I dunno, pkexec, maybe?)

$ doas umount /dev/sdc1

$ doas e2fsck -fvy /dev/sdc1

# UUID copy does not seems to work. You have to edit your fstab to correct the change.
$ doas btrfs-convert -L --uuid new /dev/sdc1

Edit fstab (new UUID, noatime, compress=zstd, autodefrag)

$ doas mount /dev/sdc1 /misc

Check if file system is ok

# You cannot revert. Use `btrfs-convert -r /dev/sdc1` to rollback BEFORE this command.
$ doas btrfs subvolume delete /misc/ext2_saved

# This compresses the whole filesystem with zstd
$ doas btrfs filesystem defrag -v -r -f -t 32M -czstd /misc

# Reclaims the Ext4 space
$ doas btrfs balance start -m /misc

Mount options

See the overview of my drive layout on GitHub.

Sidenote: enlarge LUKS partition

Enlarging an encrypted partition can be a bit tricky. Because I’ve done it, why not mention it here?

You should extend the partition before running these commands, as they simply force LUKS and BTRFS to occupy the whole partition.

# cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/nvme0n1p3 cr

# btrfsck /dev/mapper/cr

# cryptsetup resize cr

# btrfsck /dev/mapper/cr

# mount /dev/mapper/cr /mnt

# btrfs filesystem resize max /mnt

# umount /mnt

# cryptsetup luksClose cr


Switching from Ext4 to BTRFS has been very exciting and beneficial for laptop use.

If you want the entire notes I talked from in the video, send me an email and I just might release them here.

It’ll take some time; I’ll have to clean them up a fair bit.