View tree of USB devices on Windows/Linux

FTDI provides usbview.exe, which allows viewing connected USB devices on Windows in a tree view. This allows viewing which ports devices are plugged in to.

An important use case for me is that I have computers in very remote locations, and I need to verify that field staff have plugged hard drives into USB 3 ports, or I can’t do my experiment. USB View shows me the name of chipsets and devices, even their serial numbers.

USBview

Windows

USB View does not require install–just extract the ZIP file to your desktop and double-click

usbview.exe

Linux

Linux USB View is available on GitHub. Follow the INSTALL file directions.