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About Smartmontools

S.M.A.R.T.-Logo The smartmontools package contains two utility programs (smartctl and smartd) to control and monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (SMART) built into most modern ATA and SCSI harddisks. In many cases, these utilities will provide advanced warning of disk degradation and failure.

Smartmontools was originally derived from the Linux smartsuite package and actually supports ATA/ATAPI/SATA-3 to -8 disks and SCSI disks and tape devices. It should run on any modern Darwin (Mac OS X), Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OS/2, Cygwin, QNX, eComStation or Windows system. Smartmontools can also be run from one of many different bootable CDs or floppies.

Due to OS-specific issues and also depending on the different state of smartmontools development on the platforms, device support is not the same for all OS platforms. We provide info about RAID-controller support here on the homepage and of course in the manpages.

Thanks to Alexander Shaduri, there is also a graphical user interface for smartctl available. Go to the Homepage of GSmartControl to get all info and the software itself. Have a look at the screenshots and the feature list to get an impression of this nice tool.


If your drive is not in the current version of smarmtontools drive database you can help to improve smartmontools information by sending a report about your drive to our mailinglist smartmontools-database.

To submit a bug report or propose an enhancement for smartmontools create a new ticket here in trac. You have to be logged in with your sourceforge account to do so. If you don't have a scoureforge account and don't want to have one, you can also send the info to our smartmontools-support mailing list.

Patches are also welcome! The most convenient way for us is, when you attach them to a new ticket here in trac. But it's also possible to submit patches for code review to developers mailinglist. Your patches should refer to our recent code base in SVN. You should also have a look at the documents in the developers area here in the wiki. You will find info about smartmontools software architecture and tutorials and guidelines from our developers there.

All content in this wiki is published under GNU GPL.