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This manual page documents briefly the bitpim command.

BitPim allows you to view and manipulate data on many phones from LG, Samsung, Sanyo, and other manufacturers that use Qualcomm CDMA chips. Depending on your phone model, you may be able to access the phone book, the calendar, wallpapers, ring tones, and the filesystem.


A summary of options is included below.

-c file

Read configuration from file.

-d dir

Read configuration from dir/.bitpim.

-f model

Assume a phone type of model rather than what the configuration file specifies. Particularly useful in CLI mode.

-p device

Communicate with the phone via the device ("port") device.


Run as bitfling(1).


Print debugging information to standard output and standard error.


Interact with the phone's filesystem via a command-line interface. The command must be a single (quoted) argument, and can take any of the following forms:


Bring up an interactive shell, allowing all of the below commands as well as a few others (cd dir, cdu, exit, and pwd or equivalently cwd).

cp src [...] destdir

Copy files to, from, or within the phone.

ll dir [...]

Print a detailed listing of the specified phone directory or directories.

ls dir [...]

Print a brief listing of the specified phone directory or directories.

mkdir dir [...]

Create a directory on the phone.

rm file [...]

Remove one or more files from the phone.

rmdir dir [...]

Remove one or more directories, which must already be empty, from the phone.

Please note that none of these commands accepts wildcards. To indicate that an argument denotes a file or directory on the phone, you can prefix it with phone:; this is mainly relevant for cp, which performs phone-to-PC copies unless otherwise directed.



The default configuration file.

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bitpim was primarily written by Roger Binns <[email protected]>.

This manual page was written by Aaron M. Ucko <[email protected]>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).