inxi - Command line system information script for console and IRC
inxi - Single line, short form. Very basic output.
inxi [-AbCdDfFGhHiIlMnNopPrRsSuw] [-c NUMBER] [-v
inxi [-t (c or m or cm or mc NUMBER)]
[-x -OPTION( s)] [-xx -OPTION(s)] [-xxx
inxi [--help] [--recommends] [--version] [-@
inxi is a command line system information script built for for console and
IRC. It is also used for forum technical support, as a debugging tool, to
quickly ascertain user system configuration and hardware. inxi shows
hardware, CPU, drivers, Xorg, Desktop, Kernel, GCC version(s),
Processes, RAM usage, and a wide variety of other useful information. inxi
output varies between CLI and IRC, with some default filters and color options
applied to IRC use. Script colors can
be turned off if desired with -c
, or changed using the -c
color options listed in the OPTIONS
PRIVACY AND SECURITY¶
In order to maintain basic privacy and security, inxi filters out automatically
on IRC things like your network card mac address, WAN and LAN IP, your
username directory in partitions, and a few other things.
Because inxi is often used on forums for support, you can also trigger this
filtering with the -z
option ( -Fz
, for example). To override
the IRC filter, you can use the -Z
option. This can be useful to debug
network connection issues online in a private chat, for example.
Options can be combined if they do not conflict. Either group the letters
together or separate them.
Letters with numbers can have no gap or a gap at your discretion unless using
inxi -AG or inxi -A -G or inxi -c10
- Show Audio/sound card information.
- Shows basic output, short form (previously -d). Same as: inxi -v
- -c [0-32]
- Available color schemes. Scheme number is required.
Supported color schemes: 0-32
- -c [94-99]
- Color selectors run a color selector option prior to inxi starting which
lets you set the config file value for the selection.
Color selectors for each type display (NOTE: irc and global only show safe
- -c 94
- - Console, out of X.
- -c 95
- - Terminal, running in X - like xTerm.
- -c 96
- - Gui IRC, running in X - like Xchat, Quassel, Konversation etc.
- -c 97
- - Console IRC running in X - like irssi in xTerm.
- -c 98
- - Console IRC not in X.
- -c 99
- - Global - Overrides/removes all settings.
Setting specific color type removes the global color selection.
- Show full CPU output, including per CPU clockspeed if available. See
-x for more options.
- Shows optical drive data. Same as -Dd. With -x, adds
features line to output. -xx adds a few more features.
- Show full hard Disk info, not only model, ie: /dev/sda ST380817AS
80.0GB. Shows disk space total + used percentage. The disk used
percentage includes space used by swap partition(s), since those are not
usable for data storage. Note that with RAID disks, the percentage will be
wrong since the total is computed from the disk sizes, but the used is
computed from mounted partition used percentages. This small defect may
get corrected in the future. Also, unmounted partitions are not counted in
disk use percentages since inxi has no access to that data.
- Show all cpu flags used, not just the short list. Not shown with -F
to avoid spamming. ARM cpus: show features items.
- Show Full output for inxi. Includes all Upper Case line letters, plus
-s and -n. Does not show extra verbose options like -x -d
-f -u -l -o -p -t -r unless you use that argument.
- Show Graphic card information. Card(s), Display Server (vendor and version
number), for example: Display Server: Xorg 1.15.1 ,screen
resolution(s), glx renderer, version). At some point Wayland and other
display servers may be added once enough data has been collected.
- The help menu. Features dynamic sizing to fit into terminal window. Set
script global COLS_MAX_CONSOLE if you want a different default
value, or use -y <width> to temporarily override the defaults
or actual window width.
- Same as -h
- The help menu, plus developer options. Do not use dev options in normal
- Show Wan IP address, and shows local interfaces (requires ifconfig network
tool). Same as -Nni. Not shown with -F for user security reasons,
you shouldn't paste your local/wan IP.
- Show Information: processes, uptime, memory, irc client (or shell type if
run in shell, not irc), inxi version. See -x and -xx for
extra information (init type/version, runlevel).
- Show partition labels. Default: short partition -P. For full
-p output, use: -pl (or -plu).
- Show machine data. Motherboard, Bios, and if present, System Builder (Like
Lenovo). Older systems/kernels without the required /sys data can
use dmidecode instead, run as root. If using dmidecode, may also show bios
revision as well as version. -! 33 can force use of
dmidecode data instead of /sys.
- Show Advanced Network card information. Same as -Nn. Shows
interface, speed, mac id, state, etc.
- Show Network card information. With -x, shows PCI BusID, Port
- Show unmounted partition information (includes UUID and LABEL if
available). Shows file system type if you have file installed, if
you are root OR if you have added to /etc/sudoers (sudo v. 1.7 or
<username> ALL = NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/file (sample)
Does not show components (partitions that create the md raid array) of
- Show full partition information (-P plus all other detected
- Show Partition information (shows what -v 4 would show, but without
extra data). Shows, if detected: / /boot /home /tmp /usr /var. Use
-p to see all mounted partitions.
- Show distro repository data. Currently supported repo types:
APT (Debian, Ubuntu + derived versions)
PACMAN (Arch Linux + derived versions)
PISI (Pardus + derived versions)
URPMQ (Mandriva, Mageia + derived versions)
YUM (Fedora, Redhat, maybe Suse + derived versions)
(as distro data is collected more will be added. If your's is missing please
show us how to get this information and we'll try to add it.)
- Show RAID data. Shows RAID devices, states, levels, and components, and
extra data with -x / -xx. md-raid: If device is resyncing,
shows resync progress line as well.
- Checks inxi application dependencies + recommends, and directories, then
shows what package(s) you need to install to add support for that
- Show sensors output (if sensors installed/configured): mobo/cpu/gpu temp;
detected fan speeds. Gpu temp only for Fglrx/Nvidia drivers. Nvidia shows
screen number for > 1 screens.
- Show System information: host name, kernel, desktop environment (if in X),
distro. With -xx show dm - or startx - (only shows if present and
running if out of X), and if in X, with -xxx show more desktop
info, like shell/panel etc.
- -t [c or m or cm or mc NUMBER]
- Show processes. If followed by numbers 1-20, shows that number of
processes for each type (default: 5; if in irc, max: 5)
Make sure to have no space between letters and numbers ( -t cm10 -
right, -t cm 10 - wrong).
- -t c
- - cpu only. With -x, shows also memory for that process on same
- -t m
- - memory only. With -x, shows also cpu for that process on same
- -t cm
- - cpu+memory. With -x, shows also cpu or memory for that process on
- Show partition UUIDs. Default: short partition -P. For full
-p output, use: -pu (or -plu).
- Note - Maintainer may have disabled this function.
If inxi -h has no listing for -U then its disabled.
Auto-update script. Note: if you installed as root, you must be root to
update, otherwise user is fine. Also installs / updates this Man Page to:
/usr/share/man/man8 This requires that you be root to write to that
- inxi version information. Prints information then exits.
- same as -V
- Script verbosity levels. Verbosity level number is required. Should not be
used with -b or -F.
Supported levels: 0-7 Examples : inxi -v 4 or inxi
- -v 0
- - Short output, same as: inxi
- -v 1
- - Basic verbose, -S + basic CPU + -G + basic Disk +
- -v 2
- - Adds networking card (-N), Machine (-M) data, and shows
basic hard disk data (names only). Same as: inxi -b
- -v 3
- - Adds advanced CPU (-C); network (-n) data; triggers
-x advanced data option.
- -v 4
- - Adds partition size/filled data (-P) for (if present):/ /home
/var/ /boot Shows full disk data ( -D)
- -v 5
- - Adds audio card (-A); sensors (-s), partition label
(-l) and UUID ( -u), short form of optical drives.
- -v 6
- - Adds full partition data (-p), unmounted partition data
(-o), optical drive data ( -d); triggers -xx extra
- -v 7
- - Adds network IP data (-i); triggers -xxx
- Adds weather line. Note, this depends on an unreliable api so it may not
always be working in the future. To get weather for an alternate location,
use -W <location_string>. See also -x, -xx,
-xxx option. Please note, your distribution's maintainer may chose
to disable this feature, so if -w or -W don't work, that's
- -W <location_string>
- Get weather/time for an alternate location. Accepts postal/zip code,
city,state pair, or latitude,longitude. Note: city/country/state names
must not contain spaces. Replace spaces with ' +' sign. No spaces
around , (comma). Use only ascii letters in city/state/country
Examples: -W 95623 OR -W Boston,MA OR
-W45.5234,-122.6762 OR -W new+york,ny OR -W
- -y <integer >= 80>
- This is an absolute width override which sets the output line width max.
Overrides COLS_MAX_IRC / COLS_MAX_CONSOLE globals, or the
actual widths of the terminal. If used with -h or -c 94-99,
put -y option first or the override will be ignored. Cannot be used
with --help/--version/--recommends type long options.
Example: inxi -y 130 -Fxx
- Adds security filters for IP addresses, Mac, location (-w), and
user home directory name. Default on for irc clients.
- Absolute override for output filters. Useful for debugging networking
issues in irc for example.
These options are for long form only, and can be triggered by one or more
, like -xx
. Alternately, the -v
options trigger them in
the following way: -v 3
; -v 6
These extra data triggers can be useful for getting more in-depth data on
various options. Can be added to any long form option list, like: -bxx
There are 3 extra data levels: -x
; and -xxx
The following shows which lines / items get extra information with each extra
- -x -A
- - Adds version/port(s)/driver version (if available) for each Audio
- -x -A
- - Shows PCI Bus ID/Usb ID number of each Audio device.
- -x -C
- - bogomips on CPU (if available); CPU Flags (short list).
- -x -d
- - Adds items to features line of optical drive; adds rev version to
- -x -D
- - Hdd temp with disk data if you have hddtemp installed, if you are root
OR if you have added to /etc/sudoers (sudo v. 1.7 or newer):
<username> ALL = NOPASSWD: /usr/sbin/hddtemp (sample)
- -x -G
- - Direct rendering status for Graphics (in X).
- -x -G
- - (for single gpu, nvidia driver) screen number gpu is running on.
- -x -G
- - Shows PCI Bus ID/Usb ID number of each Graphics card.
- -x -i
- - Show IPv6 as well for LAN interface (IF) devices.
- -x -I
- - Show current init system (and init rc in some cases, like OpenRC). With
-xx, shows init/rc version number, if available. -x -I - Show
system GCC, default. With -xx, also show other installed GCC
- -x -I
- - Show current runlevel (not available with all init systems).
- -x -I
- - If in shell (not in IRC client, that is), show shell version number (if
- -x -N
- - Adds version/port(s)/driver version (if available) for each Network
- -x -N
- - Shows PCI Bus ID/Usb ID number of each Network card.
- -x -R
- - md-raid: Shows component raid id. Adds second RAID Info line: raid
level; report on drives (like 5/5); blocks; chunk size; bitmap (if
present). Resync line, shows blocks synced/total blocks.
- zfs-raid: Shows raid array full size; available size; portion allocated to
RAID (ie, not available as storage)."
- -x -S
- - Desktop toolkit if available (GNOME/XFCE/KDE only); Kernel gcc
- -x -t
- - Adds memory use output to cpu (-xt c), and cpu use to memory
- -x -w / -W
- - Adds wind speed and time zone (-w only), and makes output go to two
- -xx -A
- - Adds vendor:product ID of each Audio device.
- -xx -D
- - Adds disk serial number.
- -xx -G
- - Adds vendor:product ID of each Graphics card.
- -xx -I
- - Show init type version number (and rc if present).
- -xx -I
- - Adds other detected installed gcc versions to primary gcc output (if
- -xx -I
- - Show, if detected, system default runlevel. Supports
Systemd/Upstart/Sysvinit type defaults. Note that not all systemd systems
have the default value set, in that case, if present, it will use the data
- -xx -I
- - Adds parent program (or tty) that started shell, if not IRC client, to
- -xx -M
- - Adds chassis information, if any data for that is available. Also shows
BIOS rom size if using dmidecode.
- -xx -N
- - Adds vendor:product ID of each Network card.
- -xx -R
- - md-raid: Adds superblock (if present); algorythm, U data. Adds system
info line (kernel support, read ahead, raid events). Adds if present,
unused device line. If device is resyncing, shows resync progress line as
- -xx -S
- - Adds, if run in X, display manager type to Desktop information, if
present. If none, shows N/A. Supports most known display managers, like
xdm, gdm, kdm, slim, lightdm, or mdm.
- -xx -w / -W
- - Adds humidity and barometric pressure.
- -xx -@ <11-14>
- - Automatically uploads debugger data tar.gz file to
- -xxx -S
- - Adds, if run in X, shell/panel type info to Desktop information, if
present. If none, shows nothing. Supports some current desktop extras like
gnome-panel, lxde-panel, and others. Added mainly for Mint support.
- -xxx -w / -W
- - Adds location (city state country), weather observation time, altitude
of system. If wind chill, heat index, or dew point are available, shows
that data as well.
- -! 31
- Turns off hostname in System line. Useful, with -z, for anonymizing
your inxi output for posting on forums or IRC.
- -! 32
- Turns on hostname in System line. Overrides inxi config file value (if
- -! 33
- Force use of dmidecode. This will override /sys data in some
lines, like -M.
- Overrides defective or corrupted data.
- Triggers debugger output. Requires debugging level 1-14
(8-10 - logging of data). Less than 8 just triggers inxi debugger
output on screen.
- -@ [1-7]
- - On screen debugger output.
- -@ 8
- - Basic logging. Check /home/yourname/.inxi/inxi*.log
- -@ 9
- - Full file/sys info logging.
- -@ 10
- - Color logging.
- -@ <11-14>
- The following create a tar.gz file of system data, plus collecting the
inxi output to file: To automatically upload debugger data tar.gz file to
inxi -xx@ <11-14>
For alternate ftp upload locations: Example:
inxi -! ftp.yourserver.com/incoming -xx@ 14
- -@ 11
- - With data file of xiin read of /sys
- -@ 12
- - With xorg conf and log data, xrandr, xprop, xdpyinfo, glxinfo etc.
- -@ 13
- - With data from dev, disks, partitions, etc., plus xiin data file.
- -@ 14
- - Everything, full data collection.
SUPPORTED IRC CLIENTS¶
BitchX, Gaim/Pidgin, ircII, Irssi, Konversation, Kopete, KSirc, KVIrc, Weechat,
and Xchat. Plus any others that are capable of displaying either built in or
external script output.
RUNNING IN IRC CLIENT¶
To trigger inxi output in your IRC client, pick the appropriate method from the
- Xchat, irssi (and many other IRC clients)
- /exec -o inxi [options] If you leave off the -o, only
you will see the output on your local IRC client.
- /cmd inxi [options] To run inxi in konversation as a native
script if your distribution or inxi package did not do this for you,
create this symbolic link:
ln -s /usr/local/bin/inxi
If inxi is somewhere else, change the path /usr/local/bin to wherever
it is located.
Then you can start inxi directly, like this:
- NEW: /exec -o inxi [options]
OLD: /shell -o inxi [options]
Newer (2014 and later) WeeChats work pretty much the same now as other
console IRC clients, with /exec -o inxi [options]. Also,
newer WeeChats have dropped the -curses part of their program name,
ie: weechat instead of weechat-curses.
Before WeeChat can run external scripts like inxi, you need to install the
weechat-plugins package. This is automatically installed for Debian users.
Next, if you don't already have it, you need to install shell.py, which is
a python script.
In a web browser, Click on the download button at:
Make the script executable by
chmod +x shell.py
Move it to your home folder: /.weechat/python/autoload/ then logout,
and start WeeChat with
Top of screen should say what pythons scripts have loaded, and should
include shell. Then to run inxi, you would enter a command like this:
/shell -o inxi -bx
If you leave off the -o, only you will see the output on your local
weechat. WeeChat users may also like to check out the weeget.py
- inxi will read the following configuration/initialization files in the
- See wiki pages for more information on how to set these up:
Please report bugs using the following resources.
You may be asked to run the inxi debugger tool which will upload a data dump of
all system files for use in debugging inxi. These data dumps are very
important since they provide us with all the real system data inxi uses to
parse out its report.
- inxi main website/svn/wiki, file an issue report:
- post on inxi developer forums:
- You can also visit
- irc.oftc.net channel: #smxi to post issues.
AUTHOR AND CONTRIBUTORS TO CODE¶
is is a fork of locsmif's largely unmaintained yet very clever,
Original infobash author and copyright holder: Copyright (C) 2005-2007 Michiel
de Boer a.k.a. locsmif
inxi version: Copyright (C) 2008-13 Scott Rogers & Harald Hope
Further fixes (listed as known): Horst Tritremmel <hjt at sidux.com>
Steven Barrett (aka: damentz) - usb audio patch; swap percent used patch.
Jarett.Stevens - dmidecode -M patch for older systems with no /sys
And a special thanks to the nice people at irc.oftc.net channels
#linux-smokers-club and #smxi, who all really have to be considered to be
co-developers because of their non-stop enthusiasm and willingness to provide
real time testing and debugging of inxi development.
Without a wide range of diverse Linux kernel based Free Desktop systems to test
on, we could never have gotten inxi to be as reliable and solid as it's
turning out to be.
And of course, big thanks locsmif, who figured out a lot of the core methods,
logic, and tricks used in inxi.
Further thanks to the various inxi package maintainers, distro support people,
forum moderators, and others, who contribute ideas, suggestions, and patches.
This Man page was originally created by Gordon Spencer (aka aus9) and is
maintained by Harald Hope (aka h2 or TechAdmin).