Sos is an extensible, portable, support data collection tool primarily aimed at Linux distributions and other UNIX-like operating systems.

This is the SoS developer documentation, for user documentation refer to:

This project is hosted at:

For the latest version, to contribute, and for more information, please visit the project pages or join the mailing list.

To clone the current master (development) branch run:

git clone git://

Reporting bugs

Please report bugs via the mailing list or by opening an issue in the GitHub Issue Tracker

Mailing list

sos-devel is the mailing list for any sos-related questions and discussion. Patch submissions and reviews are welcome too.

Patches and pull requests

Patches can be submitted via the mailing list or as GitHub pull requests. If using GitHub please make sure your branch applies to the current master as a ‘fast forward’ merge (i.e. without creating a merge commit). Use the git rebase command to update your branch to the current master if necessary.


User and API documentation is automatically generated using Sphinx and Read the Docs.


To help get your changes merged quickly with as few revisions as possible please refer to the Contributor Guidelines when submitting patches or pull requests.


Manual Installation

to install locally (as root) ==> make install
to build an rpm ==> make rpm
to build a deb ==> make deb

Pre-built Packaging

Fedora/RHEL users install via yum:

yum install sos

Debian(Sid) users install via apt:

apt-get install sosreport

Ubuntu(Saucy 13.10 and above) users install via apt:

sudo apt-get install sosreport