Linux security

Inxi – tool to check hardware information on Linux system

It is usual that some user on [easyazon_link asin=”111821854X” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”wn0d5-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”] Linux [/easyazon_link] systems struggle to find what hardware specs are on their systems. There is an entire ocean of commands to check hardware information as well as quite a few gui tools like hardinfo, sysinfo etc on the desktop, but having a generic command line tool is far more useful. Here is the great tool I have discovered just by accident – Inxi. Inxi is a set of scripts that will detect a whole lot of information about the hardware, including vendor details, device driver configuration etc. And most importantly, it will print everything in easy to read format.

# Ubuntu/Debian users
$ sudo apt-get install inxi
# CentOS/Fedora users 
$ sudo yum install inxi

If inxi is not present on your distro, then install it by following the instructions here How you use it – Inxi comes with plenty of options, my favourite and simple use is this command line:

$ inxi -c 5 -b
- c is for color output and you can use number from 0 to 32
- b is for basic info which has enough information about system to start

Here are some uses of inxi command:

# List basic info
inxi -c 5 -b
#List Sound card info
inxi -AG
#list ip address and network cards details (both wan and lan)
inxi -ni
#Print out the information about hard drive partitions
inxi -p
#Show motherboard, Bios, S/N
inxi -M 
#more than Basic (-b) but it does not include everything that inxi is capable of reporting
inxi -Fi
#Show distro specific information on the system 
inxi -r

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