Hardware probe

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Check operability of hardware devices, collect logs and find drivers.


The Gentoo Hardware Database is automatically created based on hardware probes collected by sys-apps/hw-probe, by hw-probe.AppImage and this flatpak.

The database is backed up to a Github repository for statistical analysis by third parties.


root #emerge --ask sys-apps/hw-probe

Submit your hardware

Everybody can submit computer details to the database by a single command line:

root #hw-probe -all -upload
Probe for hardware ... Ok
Reading logs ... Ok
Uploaded to DB, Thank you!
Probe URL: https://linux-hardware.org/?probe=65e73516b5


By creating a hardware probe you contribute to the "HDD/SSD desktop-class reliability test" and "Devices with bad Linux-compatibility" studies.


Private info is not collected. Moreover, it's safer to share your logs by hw-probe rather than share manually, because most private data is removed or hashed at the client side before uploading.

Please note that a 32-byte prefix of salted SHA512 hashes of MAC addresses and serial numbers are uploaded to the server in order to properly identify unique computers and parts. These are unlikely to be reversible.