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hw-probe - Hardware probe and system info collection tool



Hardware Probe (hw-probe) A tool to probe for hardware, check operability and find drivers


Hardware Probe (hw-probe) is a tool to probe for hardware, check its operability and upload result to the BSD hardware database.
By creating probes you contribute to the "HDD/SSD Desktop-Class Reliability Test" study:


hw-probe [options]


hw-probe -all -upload


Private information (including the username, machine's hostname, IP addresses, MAC addresses, UUIDs and serial numbers) is NOT uploaded to the database.
The tool uploads 32-byte prefix of salted SHA512 hash of MAC addresses and serial numbers to properly identify unique computers and hard drives. UUIDs are decorated in the same way, but formatted like regular UUIDs in order to save readability of logs. All the data is uploaded securely via HTTPS.



Print this help.


Print version info.


Print the tool version (1.6) and don't do anything else.



Probe for hardware.

-log-level N

Set the logging level to N. Available values:
- minimal - default - maximal


Collect minimal number of logs. Equal to --log-level=min.


Collect maximal number of logs. Equal to --log-level=max.

-enable LIST

Comma separated list of logs to enable in addition to current log level.

-disable LIST

Comma separated list of logs to disable in current log level. Some logs cannot be disabled. For example, you can disable collecting of 'fstab', but you cannot disable logging of 'smartctl'.


Check devices operability. Test performance of CPU, memory, graphics cards and drives.


Perform extended check.


Upload result to the hardware database. You will get a permanent URL to view the probe.
By use of this option you confirm uploading of 32-byte prefix of salted SHA512 hash of MAC addresses and serial numbers to prevent duplication of computers in the DB.

-hwinfo-path PATH

Path to a local hwinfo binary.


Set outgoing http/https proxy using syntax: proxy.domain.local:3128


-i|-inventory-id ID

Mark the probe by inventory ID.


Generate new inventory ID.

-email ADDR

Email for node status notifications.



Start monitoring of the node.


Stop monitoring of the node.


Remind node inventory ID.


-save DIR

Save probe package to DIR. This is useful if you are offline and need to upload a probe later (with the help of -src option).

-src|-source PATH

A probe to upload.

-fix PATH

Update list of devices and host info in the probe using probe data.


Show devices list.


Show host info and devices list.


Show host info only.


Use with -show option to show type and status of the device.


Probe for printers.


Probe for scanners.

-id|-name DESC

Any description of the probe.

-sdio-ids PATH

Path to {pci,usb,sdio,pnp}.ids file to read missed device names.


List executed probes (for debugging).


Do nothing. Obsolete option.


Save uploaded probes.


Do nothing. Obsolete option.


Probe for ACPI table.


Decode ACPI table.

-import DIR

Import probes from the database to DIR for offline use.
If you are using Snap or Flatpak package, then DIR will be created in the sandbox data directory.
Provide inventory ID by -i option in order to import your inventory.


Probes info is saved in the /root/HW_PROBE directory.

A tool to probe for hardware, check operability and find drivers License: LGPL-2.1-or-later OR BSD-4-Clause

Usage: hw-probe [options] Example: hw-probe -all -upload


This manual page was written by Mathieu Malaterre <> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

September 2022 Hardware Probe 1.6