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Revision as of 15:15, 30 October 2015



Platform management, including sensor and power monitoring

FreeIPMI is a collection of in-band and out-of-band IPMI software in accordance with the IPMI v1.5/2.0 specification. These programs provide a set of interfaces for platform management. Common functionality includes sensor monitoring, system event monitoring, power control and serial-over-LAN.


Full documentation available at https://www.gnu.org/software/freeipmi/documentation.html

Project Tools

The following tools are distributed and supported by FreeIPMI.

  • bmc-info: a tool to read information about a BMC such as device version numbers, device support, and globally unique IDs (guids).
  • bmc-watchdog: a tool/daemon to manage a BMC Watchdog. This tool is typically used for system timeout management and automatic system restarts in the event of a system crash.
  • ipmi-chassis: a tool to manage/monitor a chassis, such as chassis power, identification (i.e. LED control), and status.
  • ipmi-fru: a tool to read field replaceable unit (FRU) information from a motherboard/machine.
  • ipmi-sel: a tool to read and manage IPMI System Event Log (SEL) records. SEL records store system event information and may be useful for debugging problems.
  • ipmi-sensors: a tool to read IPMI sensor readings and sensor data repository (SDR) information.
  • ipmipower: a tool for remote power control.
  • ipmiconsole: a tool for Serial-over-Lan (SOL) console access.
  • ipmi-config: a tool to configure BMC and IPMI information. In can be used to configured usernames, passwords, networking information, security, Serial-over-LAN (SOL), Platform Event Filtering (PEF), boot devices, power restoration policy, sensor thresholds, sensor events, and many more configuration options.
  • ipmi-raw: a tool that provides hex input/output of IPMI commands.
  • ipmi-locate: a tool that can probe for information about the location of a BMC device, such as device addresses.
  • ipmi-pet: a tool to parse and interpret Platform Event Traps (PET).
  • ipmi-dcmi: a tool to perform Data Center Manageability Interface (DCMI) IPMI extension commands. Supports extensions for asset management and power usage management.
  • bmc-device: a tool to perform advanced BMC commands, such as resetting the BMC, configuring ACPI, configuring SDR/SEL time, manually generating events, re-arming sensors, and configuring manufacturer settings.
  • ipmiping: an IPMI ping tool for debugging.
  • rmcpping: a RMCP ping tool for debugging.
  • ipmi-oem: an IPMI tool for OEM specific commands.
  • ipmidetect/ipmidetectd: a tool and daemon for IPMI node detection.
  • ipmiseld: a daemon that regularly polls the SEL and stores the events to the local syslog.

Additional information, examples, and general trouble-shooting can be found in each of the tool manpages.

Project Libraries

The following libraries are distributed and supported by FreeIPMI.

  • libfreeipmi: a C library that includes KCS, SSIF, OpenIPMI Linux, and Solaris BMC drivers, IPMI 1.5 and IPMI 2.0 LAN communication interfaces, IPMI packet building utilities, IPMI command utilities, and utilities for reading/interpreting/managing IPMI. This library is for programmers intimately familiar with the IPMI protocol and IPMI specification.

Most users may wish to use the libraries listed below.

  • libipmiconsole: a library for Serial-over-Lan (SOL) console access. SOL console access is abstracted into a file descriptor interface, so users may read and write console data through a file descriptor.
  • libipmimonitoring: a library for sensor and system event log (SEL) monitoring that abstracts away most IPMI details. Interpretation of those sensors and events is abstracted into an API with an iterator interface.
  • libipmidetect: a library for IPMI node detection.

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Leaders and contributors

Albert Chu Maintainer
Dmitry Frolov Contributor
Anand Babu Developer
Anand Avati Developer
Balamurugan Developer
Ian Zimmerman Developer
Raghavendra Developer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Debian (Ref)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/freeipmi
Python (Ref)https://pypi.org/project/freeipmi
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/freeipmi-announce/
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gnu-system-discuss/
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/freeipmi-users/
Savannah (Ref)Developerhttps://savannah.gnu.org/projects/freeipmi/
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/freeipmi-devel/
GitVCS Repository Webviewhttps://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/freeipmi.git/

Software prerequisites

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Required to useGuile
Required to usereadline library

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 22 May 2020.


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