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FreeIPMI is a collection of IPMI utilities for Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris. The collection provides a set of features similar to ipmitools, but offers several advantages, in particular for checking the discrete type sensors. You can find a comparison of FreeIPMI with other IPMI utilities in the article, FreeIPMI – Frequently Asked Questions.[1]

Version Information

FreeIMPI has become directly available in several Linux distributions:

Linux Distribution FreeIPMI Version
Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) 0.7.17~beta2-1
Debian 7.0 (Wheezy) 1.1.5-3
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx 0.7.15-2 (0.7.16.beta1 laut ipmimonitoring -V)
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) 0.8.12-3
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) 1.1.5-3ubuntu3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS ab Version 5.2 0.5.1-5.el5 bzw. 0.5.1-6.el5 (als Technology Preview)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS ab Version 6.0 0.7.16-3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS ab Version 7.0 1.2.9-6.el7
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 enthält keine FreeIPMI Pakete


You can find detailed changelogs about the individual versions of FreeIMPI here:

Extract from the changelog with regards to the Thomas Krenn server:

Compiling FreeIPMI under Debian & Ubuntu

Use the following commands to compile the current FreeIPMI source code under Debian or Ubuntu:

tar xzvf freeipmi-VERSION.tar.gz
cd freeipmi-VERSION
sudo apt-get install build-essential libgcrypt11-dev
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig

Host Options

Without additional special parameters, the FreeIMPI tools return values from the system currently running the tools, such as:


You can use other options for access to the baseboard management controller on another system through the network, such as:

ipmi-sensors -h -u monitoring -p relation -l user

ipmimonitoring Command

See FreeIPMI ipmimonitoring.

ipmi-sensors Command

See FreeIPMI ipmi-sensors.



Additional Information

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Author: Werner Fischer

Werner Fischer, working in the Web Operations & Knowledge Transfer team at Thomas-Krenn, completed his studies of Computer and Media Security at FH Hagenberg in Austria. He is a regular speaker at many conferences like LinuxTag, OSMC, OSDC, LinuxCon, and author for various IT magazines. In his spare time he enjoys playing the piano and training for a good result at the annual Linz marathon relay.

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