This project is no longer active. hwdata is an active alternative.
This repository contain a specially re-packaged copy of the pci.ids and usb.ids files, as well as a copy of IEEE's databases for the Organizationally Unique Identifiers (OUI) and Individual Address Block (IAB).
The two IDs databases are maintained by Martin Mares and Michal Vaner (pci.ids) and Stephen J. Gowdy (usb.ids) through the help of volunteers who can submit them to the two submission web applications:
The OUI and IAB databases are two officially maintained indexes by IEEE, and can be accessed at:
The reason to repackage the files together is to make it simpler for applications to require them, without having to bring in either pciutils or usbutils, that might be unnecessary for most installs.
The hwids tarball is updated generally on the weekends, and tagged if there are new files available. You can download the tags in form of tarballs directly from the GitHub repository.
Errors in the databases (e.g. pci.ids is missing a device, or has the wrong info for a device) should be reported to the respective upstream projects. We don't maintain changes to these databases for obvious reasons.
If you wish to report a bug about how things are packaged, or make a request for updated data, please use the normal Gentoo bug reporting site: https://bugs.gentoo.org/
Since version 196 and later,
udev does not consume the hwid files
directly. Instead, it only access a specific binary representation,
which is further generated starting from intermediate representations.
The Makefile will accept a
UDEV=yes parameter to build and install
these representations. Furthermore upon install, the binary
representation will also be generated.
The pci.ids and usb.ids files are both released under dual-license, and you can choose which one to apply to your needs. The options are either the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later (which you'll find in the archive, in the file named gpl-2.0.txt), or the 3-clause BSD license that follows:
Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. * Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution. * Neither the name of the <organization> nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission. THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL <COPYRIGHT HOLDER> BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
The IEEE datafiles for OUI and IAB assignments are provided by the IEEE without an explicit license, but are considered in all effect as public domain, as they are simple representation of factual information, which would then fail the threshold of originality test.