The OpenBMC project can be described as a Linux distribution for embedded devices that have a BMC; typically, but not limited to, things like servers, top of rack switches or RAID appliances. The OpenBMC stack uses technologies such as Yocto, OpenEmbedded, systemd, and D-Bus to allow easy customization for your server platform.
Setting up your OpenBMC project
- Ubuntu 14.04
sudo apt-get install -y git build-essential libsdl1.2-dev texinfo gawk chrpath diffstat
- Fedora 23
sudo dnf install -y git patch diffstat texinfo chrpath SDL-devel bitbake sudo dnf groupinstall "C Development Tools and Libraries"
2) Download the source
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:openbmc/openbmc.git cd openbmc
3) Target your hardware
Any build requires an environment variable known as
TEMPLATECONF to be set
to a hardware target. OpenBMC has placed all known hardware targets in a
standard directory structure
You can see all of the known targets with
find meta-openbmc-machines -type d -name conf. Choose the hardware target and
then move to the next step. Additional examples can be found in the
As an example target Palmetto
. openbmc-env bitbake obmc-phosphor-image
Additional details can be found in the docs repository.
Build Validation and Testing
Commits submitted by members of the OpenBMC GitHub community are compiled and
tested via our Jenkins server. Commits are run
through two levels of testing. At the repository level the makefile
make check directive is run. At the system level, the commit is built into a
firmware image and run with an arm-softmmu QEMU model against a barrage of
Commits submitted by non-members do not automatically proceed through CI testing. After visual inspection of the commit, a CI run can be manually performed by the reviewer.
Support of additional hardware and software packages is always welcome. Please follow the contributing guidelines when making a submission. It is expected that contributions contain test cases.
Issues are managed on GitHub. It is recommended you search through the issues before opening a new one.
Features of OpenBMC
- REST Management
- SSH based SOL
- Power and Cooling Management
- Event Logs
- Zeroconf discoverable
- LED Management
- Host Watchdog
- Code Update Support for multiple BMC/BIOS images
- POWER On Chip Controller (OCC) Support
Features In Progress
- Full IPMI 2.0 Compliance with DCMI
- Verified Boot
- HTML5 Java Script Web User Interface
- BMC RAS
Features Requested but need help
- OpenCompute Redfish Compliance
- OpenBMC performance monitoring
- cgroup user management and policies
- Remote KVM
- Remote USB
- OpenStack Ironic Integration
- QEMU enhancements
Finding out more
Dive deeper in to OpenBMC by opening the docs repository.