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.

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.