List NTFS Permissions on all Folders

In this guide, I’ll show you how to list the NTFS permissions for all folders and subfolders.

I’ll also show you how to export the NTFS permissions to a CSV file.

Check it out.

Option 1: List and Export NTFS Permissions using GUI Tool.

For this first option, I’ll be using a GUI NTFS Permissions Report Tool to get a list of NTFS Permissions. The NTFS Reporter is part of a toolkit that includes 13 tools for managing Active Directory.

Step 1: Select Folder Path

Enter or browse to the folder where you are wanting to get NTFS permissions. You can select the folder depth which means how many subfolders deep you want to get permissions. You can also select to display the results in a tree view or grid view.

ntfs report tool select folder

Next, click the run button at the top to get the NTFS folder permissions report.

ntfs tool results

Now I’ve got a list of NTFS permissions for the root folder, and two subfolders deep. The report includes the path, the account, directory owner, permissions, applies to, and inheritance.

Very fast and easy to use.

Step 2: Export NTFS Permissions to CSV

To export the list, select the export button and select “Export All Rows”

ntfs tool export permissions

Here is an example export.

example ntfs report

As you can see the GUI NTFS permissions reporting tool makes it very easy to get folder permissions and export them to CSV.

Key Features

  • Select folder depth
  • Easily export the report to CSV
  • Browse results in tree or column grid
  • Filter and sort on any column
  • Add/Remove and rearrange the columns

Option 2: Get NTFS Folder Permissions using PowerShell

To get NTFS folder permissions with PowerShell, the get-acl cmdlet is used. The one drawback to this command is that it doesn’t get subfolder (recursive) permissions. To get around this, you can use the get-childitem command and pipe it to the get-acl command. See examples below.

Example 1: Get NTFS Permissions on the Root Directory

For this example, I’ll get the NTFS permissions for my shared folder “\\srv-vm1\share”.

get-acl \\srv-vm1\share
get-acl command example

The output doesn’t look so great, it’s missing a lot of valuable information. To see more details you can pipe the results to format-list.

get-acl \\srv-vm1\share | format-list
get-acl and format list

That looks much better. I can now see the full permissions on this folder.

Example 2: Get NTFS Permissions on Subfolders with PowerShell

To get subfolder permissions, you will need to use the get-childitem command to first get all of the folders. Then it is sent to the get-acl command to get the permissions. Below is an example.

Get-ChildItem -Directory -Path "\\srv-vm1\share" -Recurse -Force | get-acl | format-list
using get-childitem to get subfolders

You can see it is going through each subfolder in the root of my share folder and getting the permissions for each one.

You can now export this report to a CSV or text file. The below command will export to a text file.

Get-ChildItem -Directory -Path "\\srv-vm1\share" -Recurse -Force | get-acl | format-list | out-file c:\it\ntfs-report.txt


In this guide, I showed you two options to list NTFS permissions and export the report to CSV.

The GUI NTFS tool is very easy to use and is a great alternative for those that don’t want to deal with PowerShell Scripts. With PowerShell, it’s a little harder to get NTFS permissions as by default it only shows root folder permissions.

Either option will work for creating NTFS permission reports.


  • Get-Acl – Microsoft command documentation. This command was used to get a security descriptor from resources (folders in this guide).
  • Get-Childitem – Microsoft command documentation. This is the command used to get subfolders.
  • NTFS Permissions Reporting Tool – This is the GUI tool used in option 1.

9 thoughts on “List NTFS Permissions on all Folders”

  1. Can the exported permissions data be used to apply to “reset” screwed up permissions later? Does it scale to millions of files?

  2. Hi Robert, this Get-ChildItem -Directory -Path “\\srv-vm1\share” -Recurse -Force | get-acl | format-list works very well! i have a question. How can i go one level down? I would like to check every subfolder \\srv-vm1\share\folder automatically. is this possible? Thank you!

    • In later version off powershell there is a -depth “Value”.
      So Get-Childitem “C:\” -Depth “1” will give you all items in C:\ and all folder content 1 layer deep. The means it will not list Content in C:\windows\System32; but it will in the C:\windows folder

      kind regards

  3. Great article! Very helpful. I did have a quick question: If I only want the Path and Access information sections, is there a way to limit what is printed on screen/in file?

    • Yes. For the GUI tool click on the columns button and add/remove the columns you need. For PowerShell use the select command to limit the results. get-acl \\srv-vm1\share | select Path, Access

  4. Free tool is limited to 10 lines. Don’t be lazy and use Powershell – works well, more fun and you learn something.

  5. Completely useful! I got one directory that is bringing me an exported CSV file with 165441 rows. Imagine doing one directory at the time.

    Thank you Robert!


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