Check ipmi-sel


The check calls ipmitool sel elist to fetch the IPMI System Event Log (SEL). If there are entries, it returns a warning, otherwise everything is expected to be OK. Running this check just makes sense on hardware providing an IPMI interface. Needs sudo.

Tested on:

  • Supermicro

  • HPE iLO

Known Issues and Limitations are: Discrete sensors support is not implemented.

Fact Sheet

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Check Interval Recommendation

Every 15 minutes

Can be called without parameters


Available for

Python 2, Python 3


command-line tool ipmitool


usage: ipmi-sel [-h] [-V] [--authtype {NONE,PASSWORD,MD2,MD5,OEM}]
                [-H HOSTNAME] [--interface {lan,lanplus}]
                [--password PASSWORD] [--port PORT]
                [--privlevel {CALLBACK,USER,OPERATOR,ADMINISTRATOR}]
                [--username USERNAME]

Checks the IPMI System Event Log (SEL) and returns WARN if there are entries.
Use "ipmitool sel clear" to clear the IPMI System Event Log (SEL).

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -V, --version         show program's version number and exit
  --authtype {NONE,PASSWORD,MD2,MD5,OEM}
                        Specify an authentication type to use during IPMIv1.5
                        lan session activation. Supported types are NONE,
                        PASSWORD, MD2, MD5, or OEM.
  -H HOSTNAME, --hostname HOSTNAME
                        Remote server address, can be IP address or hostname.
                        This option is required for lan and lanplus
  --interface {lan,lanplus}
                        Selects IPMI interface to use. Supported types are
                        "lan" (= IPMI v1.5) or "lanplus" (= IPMI v2.0).
  --password PASSWORD   Remote server password.
  --port PORT           Remote server UDP port to connect to. Default is 623.
                        Force session privilege level. Can be CALLBACK, USER,
                        OPERATOR, ADMINISTRATOR. Default is USER.
  --username USERNAME   Remote server username, default is NULL user.

Usage Examples

./ipmi-sel --privlevel USER --interface lanplus --hostname --username 'user' --password 'pa$$word'


Everything is ok.


  • WARN, if SEL has entries.

  • UNKNOWN on ipmitool not found or errors running ipmitool.

Perfdata / Metrics

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