Current releases

Osinfo database

The Osinfo database is updated frequently (whenever there is a relevant set of new content) and so individual releases are not listed here. Please consult the download site directly for release archives, named with the filename pattern “osinfodb-$DATE.tar.xz”.

Osinfo database tools

osinfo-db-tools 1.2.0 (gpg) June 20th, 2018

Changes in this release include

Libosinfo library

libosinfo 1.2.0 (gpg) Wednesday June 20th, 2018

Changes in this release include:

Historical releases

All source archives for the previous releases are available for download at

Previous release notes are available at

Deployment procedure


The osinfo-db-tools package is a pre-requisite of osinfo-db and libosinfo, so should be built and installed first. It provides a small set of tools for managing the installation, bundling and distribution of database files

$ tar zxvf osinfo-db-tools-$VERSION.tar.gz
$ cd osinfo-db-tools-$VERSION
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
$ make
$ sudo make install


The osinfo-db package does not contain any code, nor does it require building, as it is purely XML database files. Its contents merely have to be unpacked in the correct location, using the osinfo-db-import tool. Operating system vendors packaging it, should use the –system argument to install in the primary database location.

$ sudo osinfo-db-import --system osinfo-db-$VERSION.tar.xz

Local system administrators wishing to provide updated content for a host without conflicting with the OS vendor supplied packages should use the –local argument to install it in /etc

$ sudo osinfo-db-import --local osinfo-db-$VERSION.tar.xz

Unprivileged users wishing to provide their account with updated content should use the –user argument to install it

$ osinfo-db-import --user osinfo-db-$VERSION.tar.xz


The libosinfo package provides the C library for querying the database, with ability to use it from non-C languages via GObject Introspection

$ tar zxvf libosinfo-$VERSION.tar.gz
$ cd libosinfo-$VERSION
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
$ make
$ sudo make install