IPMItool is used to access the capabilities of IPMI – the Intelligent Platform Management Interface, a system interface that manages and monitors out-of-band computer systems. It is a command prompt that controls and configures IPMI-supported devices.

In this tutorial, learn how to install IPMItool on a Linux based CentOS or Ubuntu system and get started with IPMI commands.

IPMItool installation and commands cheat sheet


  • A user account with sudo privileges
  • Access to the command line/ terminal window
  • A Linux CentOS or Ubuntu system

Installing IPMItool on RedHat or CentOS with yum

Installing IPMItool is a simple two-step process of downloading the software package and enabling the ipmitool access.

Step 1: Install IPMItool

1. Before you start, make sure to update system repositories with:

yum update

2. Install IPMItool on a CentOS or RedHat system by running the command:

yum install OpenIPMI ipmitool

Wait for the installation to complete. The output should indicate that OpenIPMItool and IPMItool have been installed. You should see the version number of the software installed.

version of impi tool displayed

Step 2: Enable the Service

Once you have completed the installation, enable ipmitool access by running the command:

/sbin/chkconfig ipmi on

Enabling the ipmitool account

Then start the ipmitool service with the command:

service ipmi start

Installing IPMItool on Ubuntu with apt

1. First, update Ubuntu’s package repository by running:

sudo apt update

2. Install IPMItool on Ubuntu by using the following command:

sudo apt install ipmitool

example of installing impi tool on ubuntu

Your Ubuntu system should start the ipmi daemon automatically.

IPMItool Commands Cheat Sheet

General IPMItool Commands

IPMItool Command Description
ipmitool help  Shows help info for IPMItool
ipmitool mc info Checks firmware version
ipmitool mc reset [warm/cold] Resets the management controller
ipmitool fru print  Displays field-replaceable-unit details

Sensor Output IPMItool Commands

Sensor Output Command Description
ipmitool sdr list List all sensor names on the system. Each sensor will be mapped to its corresponding sensor number
ipmitool sdr type list List all sensor types on the system.
ipmitool sdr type Fan List all fan type sensors on the system.
ipmitool sdr type "Power Supply" List all power supply type sensors on the system.
ipmitool sdr type Temperature  List all temperature type sensors on the system.

Chassis Commands

Chassis IPMItoll Commands Description
ipmitool chassis status ipmitool chassis identify [] Turns on front panel identify light
ipmitool [chassis] power soft A soft-shutdown via acpi
ipmitool [chassis] power cycle A combination of a hard power off, 1-second wait, then power on
ipmitool [chassis] power off A hard power off
ipmitool [chassis] power on A hard power on
ipmitool [chassis] power reset A hard reset

Modify Boot Device Commands

Modify Boot Device Description
ipmitool chassis bootdev pxe Modify the boot order to boot pxe first
ipmitool chassis bootdev cdrom Modify the boot order to boot cdrom first
ipmitool chassis bootdev bios  Modify the boot order to boot bios first

Logging IPMItool Commands

Logging IPMItools Commands Description
ipmitool sel info Returns general information on system event logs
ipmitool sel list Returns a list of system event logs
ipmitool sel elist Returns a list of system event logs cross-referenced with sensor data logs
ipmitool sel get ID Returns detailed information on a particular event log (use event ID to specify which log)
ipmitool sel clear Clear event logs


This article showed you how to install IPMItool on your CenotOS or Ubuntu Linux system. You can now get started with IPMI and its command prompt using the commands above as a reference sheet. Our dedicated server hosting offers full control, including IMPI support.

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